British Columbia dairy farmer Wally Smith was elected president of Dairy Farmers of Canada at the organization’s annual conference in Winnipeg July 13. Smith, who hails from Chemainus, B.C., replaces outgoing president Jacques LaForge, who retired after seven years at the helm.
Manitoba producer David Weins joined Ron Versteeg, Marcel Groleau, Ron Maynard on the DFC’s executive board.
DFC has created an environment stewardship award to recognize dairy farmers who go beyond common industry practices. Starting in 2012, the award will recognize the achievements of dairy farmers implementing environmentally sustainable practices, which positively contribute to climate change issues and/or manage natural resources efficiently.