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Grain Farmers of Ontario launches new smartphone apps

GUELPH, ON (March 15, 2013) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is excited to unveil two new smart phone apps for BlackBerry and to give away a new BlackBerry Z10 at the fast-approaching March Classic.                                                        

The Grain Farmers of Ontario SellSmart app for smart phones was developed two years ago to provide cash bids for grain at basis points across the province at a farmer’s fingertips.  Now our members will be able to use their smart phones not only to view price information but to reach out to their local elevators to make the sale.

“We are continuously looking for ways to improve access to market information and efficiency for our members,” says Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario.  “These new apps will better connect farmers to their local elevators and input suppliers.”

Through a gateway icon on the BlackBerry home screen named FarmCentral, Grain Farmers of Ontario members will have access to our mobile website, the popular SellSmart app, and now the new app – AgBids. Provided through a partnership with AgNition, AgBids will allow a farmer to simultaneously request an actual grain bid from numerous buyers on their BlackBerry.

There is also additional functionality that has been built into the AgBids app – the opportunity for farmers to request a price for fertilizer.  This aspect of the app will allow farmers to find a competitive local price for their fertilizer needs by enabling them to send multiple requests for pricing to their local fertilizer dealers.

Attendees to the March Classic can visit the Grain Farmers of Ontario booth to learn more about our new apps.  There will be ballots at the booth for farmers to enter to win the new BlackBerry Z10 with the FarmCentral gateway and suite of apps pre-installed.

For more information about the March Classic, visit www.gfo.ca/MarchClassic.

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.

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Barry Senft, CEO - 1-800-265-0550; bsenft@gfo.ca

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