The Livestock Research Innovation Corporation (LRIC) elected a new Chair and Vice Chair and welcomed two new directors to its board at its recent annual general meeting.
Brian Miller, a Huron County farmer and the poultry industry representative on the board, takes over as Chair of the organization. Don Gordon, who farms in Durham Region and represents Dairy Farmers of Ontario, is the new Vice Chair.
“This is a dynamic time for innovation in the livestock industry, and I’m excited to lead an organization that has its fingers on the pulse of the big issues all of us in animal agriculture face,” says Miller. “Issues like greenhouse gas emissions or antimicrobial resistance are bigger than any single sector or organization, and it’s through the type of collaboration fostered by LRIC that we can address them collectively.”
“LRIC has a very strong focus on driving improvement, including ensuring industry needs are represented in government research priorities, creating opportunities for collaboration and cross-sectoral research, and promoting the adoption of research results in the livestock industry,” adds Gordon. “Research is a key priority for Dairy Farmers of Ontario and working together with other livestock organizations through LRIC benefits our entire industry.”
Two new directors have joined the LRIC board. RJ Taylor, Managing Director of the Ontario Aquaculture Association and co-owner of Cedar Crest Trout Farms, is the new Partner Organization Director, taking over from Jennifer MacTavish, Executive Director of Ontario Sheep Farmers.
Tara Terpstra, a hog farmer from Huron County, is the new LRIC board representative from Ontario Pork. She replaces pork producer Oliver Haan, who has retired from the LRIC board and most recently served as Chair of the organization.
“LRIC has started taking a more active role in industry outreach, particularly around emerging issues facing our sector,” says Haan. “We’ve re-established our international research advisory committee, and our new Horizon Series of webinars and white papers is making credible information available to the public on emerging issues like regenerative agriculture and genomics.”
Established in 2012 with support from Ontario’s beef, pork, dairy and poultry sector organizations and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, LRIC’s mission is driving innovation. The organization takes a value chain approach to research and innovation by providing leadership in research priority setting, coordination and process, identifying and communicating emerging issues, and strengthening networks across the sector. For more information, visit www.livestockresearch.ca.