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Kudos to Kamenz
By Tom VanDusen - AgriNews Staff Writer

After more than a decade of toiling in the OFA executive trenches, Spencerville area hog and crop farmer Geri Kamenz won election for the first time last year to the powerful presidency of the federation, by far Ontario's largest farm lobby group.

While that was rewarding enough for our Geri, perhaps an even greater collective pat on the back came this time around when no one challenged him for a second term.

Under the OFA constitution, candidates for the top spot and two vice-president positions must present themselves prior to the federation annual convention held in Toronto. Nominations from the floor aren't accepted.

By the time Geri got to the meeting, he'd been acclaimed to a second one-year term, an outcome he called an honour... as well he should.

As OFA General Manager Neil Currie logically noted, the fact no one took Geri on was a clear expression of confidence in his leadership abilities.

As Kamenz would be first to agree, chalking up an uncontested performance as OFA leader has more to do with putting in the time than with making sage pronouncements.

More time than he'd anticipated, Geri would allow. The sheer logistics of getting around this sprawling province to be present at assorted events in various counties and regions demands a time allotment way beyond 9-5 five days a week.

Like others before him, Geri has been required to sacrifice farming, family and social time in order to get the job done to the obvious satisfaction of the membership. And it'll be more of the same the second time around.

We can only hope there have been and will be a few laughs along the way.

The corn is as high as an elephant's eye... but it's the wrong time of year.



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