Members of Manitoba’s general farm organization have promoted from within to name their new president.
Following its annual meeting last week in Winnipeg, Keystone Agricultural Producers announced the election of grain and vegetable producer Doug Chorney of East Selkirk, across the Red Rover from Selkirk, Man., as its new president.
Chorney had been one of KAP’s two vice-presidents since the previous year, and has also chaired the organization’s workplace and employment committee and the rural development and land use committee.
At East Selkirk, Chorney and his family grow grains, oilseeds and forages on 1,500 acres and grow vegetables for sale at the farm gate. Chorney also has a degree in ag engineering from the University of Manitoba and worked in the resource and aerospace industries before returning to the family farm full-time.
Grain grower Rob Brunel of Ste. Rose du Lac, Man., who had served as KAP’s interim president since October, was elected last week to a fourth term as vice-president.
KAP members also named Dan Mazier, a grain grower from Justice, Man., northeast of Brandon, as the organization’s other vice-president.
The moves within KAP’s executive followed the surprise resignation in October of its then-president, Portage la Prairie farmer Ian Wishart.
Wishart in December accepted the nomination by acclamation to run as the Progressive Conservatives’ candidate in his home riding of Portage la Prairie. The area’s incumbent Tory MLA, David Faurschou, previously announced he would not seek another term.