Area farmers join leadership program

From  The Observer

A pair of Sarnia-area farmers will serve as Canadian representatives in a young leadership program.

Dave Park and Christine Russell have been selected among numerous applications for the 2012 American Soybean Association and Dupont Young Leader Program.

The program helps train future farm leaders, as they participate in leadership experiences beginning in November in Johnston, Iowa.

Park and Russell farm with Dave’s father, with approximately 10,500 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat. They also operate a seed business.

The Grain Farmers of Ontario have dubbed them “avid innovators with an eye to the future.”

The pair have adopted robotics on their packaging line, increasing efficiencies and cutting down on labour costs.

“We had a great group of applicants this year and were impressed to see such a keen interest of our younger members,” said Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario.

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