Bart Rijke, a dairy farmer from Hammond, Ontario, was elected to the Board of Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) in 2016. He represents the producers in Ottawa-Carleton, and the counties of Glengarry, Prescott, and Russell. Rijke was elected Vice-Chair in January 2019.
Mr. Rijke chairs the Governance, and serves on the Audit Committee, Markets and Allocation Committee, Quota Committee, and Quality Assurance Committee, as well as the Ontario Advisory Committee for Milk and the P5 Pool Committee for P5 Quota.
Mr. Rijke is a first-generation dairy farmer that began farming with his wife, Antje, after moving to Canada from the Netherlands. Today, they milk 150 cows and crop 600 acres with their oldest son, Geert, and his wife, Danielle. Bart and Antje have three children.