Grain Farmers of Ontario announces new VP of Strategic Development

GUELPH, ON (July 25, 2011) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is pleased to announce that John Cowan will become the new Vice President of Strategic Development.  

John will be responsible for the Research, Market Development, Government Relations and Communications business units.  In this position, he will work with grain industry stakeholders, government and the general public both domestically and internationally to add value to GFO farmer/members.

“We are looking forward to the opportunities John’s background and enthusiasm will bring to Grain Farmers of Ontario and we are very fortunate in attracting John to GFO” says Barry Senft, CEO. 

John Cowan comes to Grain Farmers of Ontario from Hyland Seeds where he has spent the last 34 years, ultimately ascending to the General Manager position that he has held since 1997. 

John’s extensive experience in the seed business and knowledge of the grain industry as a whole will be an asset to the organization.  His industry experience has included the roles of president of the Canadian Seed Trade Association, director on the Ontario Agri Business Association board and a member of the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association.

John is married to Kerry, has three children Kate, Peter and Claire.

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.

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