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Seed Treatment Regulations Economic Impact Assessment: Year 1 Questionnaire

GUELPH, ON (December 2, 2016) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is seeking participants for a three-year study on the economic impact of new regulations for neonicotinoid seed treatments in Ontario. The study will be conducted by the advisory firm BDO.

On July 1, 2015, new regulatory requirements for the sale and use of neonicotinoid-treated seeds came into effect in Ontario and will be phased in over a period of time. In denying Grain Farmers of Ontario's request for appeal, the Ontario Superior Court acknowledged that the new regulations would create financial hardship for grain farmers and produce a detrimental economic impact for Ontario's agricultural economy.

This study will assess the economic impact of the new seed treatment regulations by surveying Ontario grain farmers over three years. The survey of farmers will be the primary method of data collection. Engaging a significant number of participants is essential to secure the information needed to assess the impact of the new regulations on Ontario's agricultural economy.

Participants must be soybean or corn farmers in Ontario. For the purposes of this survey, a calendar year begins on January 1 and ends on December 31. In addition to this survey, participants agree to complete a similar survey on their farming practices, production, and costs at the end of each growing season in 2017 and 2018. Participants may be contacted if their responses are incomplete or require clarification. Take the questionnaire now.


Register for 2017 Grain Marketing Seminars

GUELPH, ON (November 30, 2016) – Grain Farmers of Ontario farmer-members are invited to attend a full-day marketing seminar during the months of January and February. There will be two seminars offered: one will be a combined introductory futures and options seminar and the second one will focus on technical analysis.

Registration is now closed

Seminars will be led by Marty Hibbs, grain merchandiser with Grain Farmers of Ontario. Hibbs is a 25 year veteran futures trader, analyst, and portfolio manager. He was a regular guest analyst on BNN for four years and is currently authoring the Market Side education series on futures trading basics in the Ontario Grain Farmer magazine.

Pre-registration is required. No walk-ins will be permitted. To reserve a seat, call Marty Hibbs:  1-800-265-0550; email: mhibbs@gfo.ca; or fill out the form here.

Please note that the dates and locations are tentative and could change. Venue and start time details will be provided through an email with your registration confirmation.


Reminder About Soybean Drying Charges

GUELPH, ON (November 2, 2016) – Soybean producers are reminded about the need to confirm drying charges which are now calculated under the Agreement for Marketing the Ontario Soybean Crop made under the Farm Products Marketing Act (O.Reg 485/09).

Soybean drying charges are no longer tied to the price of soybeans. Cleaning and handling charges, as well as soybean drying charges/moisture discounts, are agreed upon by the dealer and the producer through competitive market forces, similar to the corn and wheat markets.

Producers should confirm all terms and conditions with their buyer before making their deliveries.


Grain Farmers of Ontario Welcomes Signing of CETA

Press Release

GUELPH, ON (November 2, 2016) – Grain Farmers of Ontario welcomes the signing of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union (EU) and Canada. CETA will benefit farmers by providing more access for Ontario wheat producers, and more secure access for Ontario barley, corn, oat, and soybean producers.


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