Meet the Board
Cor was raised on a dairy farm in Simcoe County. In 1978, he and his wife, Ricki started a chicken broiler breeder operation, providing fertile hatching eggs for Ontario’s chicken market. Currently, Cor, Ricki, and his two sons, David, John and their families, operate Arbor Lane Farm. They produce hatching eggs from 45,000 breeder hens and raising replacement pullets. They also cash crop over 1,000 acres, including a rotation of specialty beans, soybeans, corn and wheat, and carry out custom planting and harvesting.
Cor is a graduate of the Class 3 of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program. He has served on national and provincial boards as a representative of the hatching egg sector, as well as served as a member of the committee of adjustment for Springwater Township.
In December 2021, Cor will wrap-up his term on the AAC board, where he has served as one of the two supply management representatives since 2011. Cor has been a very engaged board member, holding the position of AAC treasurer, member of the AAC Executive Committee and chair of the AAC Audit Committee. Cor has been involved in industry-led decision making by the AAC board for various federal-provincial funding programs from Growing Forward and Growing Forward 2 through to the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The board will miss Cor’s input around the board table and his extensive knowledge of the poultry sector. We thank him for his ten years of dedicated service to the AAC board.
We have asked a few questions to learn more about Cor, read his responses below:
As one of AAC’s longest serving directors, what have you enjoyed most about being a part of the AAC board over the past ten years?
The diversity in agriculture that the AAC board represents is incredible! Our agriculture community in Ontario spans a number of commodities that each have their own area of specialty. Sitting around a board table with directors that represent these diverse commodities, and their various boards is always enjoyable.
How does your experience serving on boards translate to everyday operations?
Serving on various boards has allowed me to expand our own knowledge of what I can do or what I may want to try at our own operation. Learning from other directors or producers on their experiences and different approaches to problems we all face helps me to be more comfortable trying it at our own operation.
AAC is in its 25th year of operation, over the past 25 years, what advancements in farm practices have most excited you as a producer?
The changes in genetics, both regarding livestock and plant production, have been exciting to experience. Our management practices have changed over the years as genetics have evolved, what we did 25 years ago is very different verses what we do now.
As we begin to cross over into colder winter months, what activities are most looking forward to?
As the winter approaches, I look forward to keeping up with hiking and cycling through both Ontario provincial parks as well as enjoying those activities down south!
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