Dale Petrie, Vice President of Strategic Development, leaves Grain Farmers of Ontario

GUELPH, ON (March 22, 2010) – Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) announced today that Dale Petrie has decided to step down from his position as Vice President of Strategic Development, effective March 26, 2010.

Dale has been instrumental in working through the transition from the three boards to GFO and focusing the organization on adding value to producers. “Dale has been a great asset during the merging of our three boards,” says Barry Senft, CEO at GFO. “His contributions and commitment to the process were greatly appreciated.”

Dale came to GFO from the Ontario Soybean Growers where he joined the organization as General Manager in September 2007. Dale recently assumed the role of Vice President of Strategic Development at GFO – an area of the organization that includes market development, research and innovation, and public affairs and communication.

These ongoing tasks will be managed by GFO staff. A replacement has not been named but the process to fill the position will commence immediately.

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.

Contact:

Barry Senft, CEO – 1-800-265-0550; bsenft@gfo.ca

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, 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.