Ag hall names Class of 2023

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The Kent County Agricultural Hall of Fame has named its inductees for 2023.

Two of the five – Ron Anderson and Doug Arbour – are being honoured posthumously for the vital role they played in supporting agricultural in Chatham-Kent.

Anderson, formerly of Dover Township, is being cited for his passion for farming. According to a KCHOF media release, Anderson was both a visionary and an agricultural specialist. He oversaw the local agricultural sector and helped many in agri-business with growth and expansion opportunities.

Arbour is also being honoured for his role in making Chatham-Kent a safer place. Along with his ambulance services, the Chatham resident spearheaded education and safety courses for the rural population. He worked hard to improve emergency response times when accidents did occur.

Diane and Robert Devolder of the former Dover Township have been given the nod for being leaders in adopting the latest technology, helping advance agriculture in efficiency, improve economic returns and lessen the environmental impact from farms.

The pair’s passion, knowledge and foresight helped make farmers successful.

Palmyra area resident Kathleen “Kay” Quinton is being recognized for her many roles supporting the farming community in the former Orford Township. She has been active in farming, leading 4H and teaching adults, as well as promoting a healthier environment.

Quinton is a role model for young farm women across rural Canada.

The official Hall of Fame ceremony will be held Nov. 21 at the Hidden Hills Golf and Country Club at Oungah. A meet and greet will take place at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and the inductions.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Kathy Vanek at 519-682-2929.

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