Meet the Board
Ray Duc is a grape and tender fruit grower from Niagara-on-the-Lake. Ray farms with his son on their third-generation family farm.
Ray has been a valued member of the AAC board since 2015. He is also currently on the board of directors for the Greenbelt Foundation. Ray brings a wealth of board experience to his role of horticulture representative on the AAC board, as he was the former Chair for both the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association and Grape Growers of Ontario. He has also been actively involved with other agricultural organizations, including Farm & Food Care Ontario, Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Service and CANAG.
We have asked a few questions to learn more about Ray, read his responses below:
What have you enjoyed most about being a part of the AAC board over the past five years?
What I enjoy about sitting on AAC board is you have a sense of being on a team. We have a team that is quite varied in both geography and area of expertise, covering all commodities and all corners of Ontario. It has been an opportunity for me to both have input and have the opportunity to learn. There is no limit what a team pulling in the same direction can accomplish.
How does your experience serving on boards translate to everyday operations?
The experience I have gained working on various boards is the knowledge I have gleaned from fellow directors and from the backbone of these organizations, the staff. This knowledge about research, innovation, issues other growers are facing, and the workings of government have proven invaluable in my farming operation and in my advocacy roles.
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?
AAC is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. During these 25 years agriculture in Ontario has prepared itself for the future. Ontario has embraced innovation and incorporated modern technologies into their farm operations. Many of these new technologies were tested and nurtured through grants administered through AAC. The AAC has played an integral role in keeping Ontario agriculture on the cutting edge and preparing it for the future.
As we begin to cross over into warmer summer months, what activities are most looking forward to?
Spring is my favorite time of year, as the weather warms our farms they begin to transform. There is nothing more satisfying than watching buds burst and seeds emerge from the ground. Outside the farm most of my time in spring in spent in my garden.
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