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Grain Farmers of Ontario 2015 March Classic registration now open for Tuesday, March 24th

GUELPH, ON (January 20, 2015) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the March Classic, Ontario’s annual grain conference for farmers and industry, being held Tuesday, March 24th, 2015.

“The theme of this year’s conference is Ontario Grains: Growing Stronger Together and emphasizes the importance of working cooperatively across the agriculture sector and the value of communicating openly with the non-farming public,” says Meghan Burke, Communications Manager, Grain Farmers of Ontario.

Keynote speakers include the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, P.C., C.C., and John Stackhouse, former Editor-in-Chief of the Globe and Mail. The day will also include Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Director of McGill University’s Office for Science & Society, well known for his informative and entertaining lectures discussing Agricultural Myths and Facts and Dr. Julie Miller Jones, Professor of Nutrition at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul who will tackle the topic Grains and Health: Facts and Fables. The evening banquet will feature Greg Peterson, of the Peterson Farm Bros, famous for their parody music videos.

“This year’s speaker line-up is intended to educate, uplift, and motivate Ontario’s grain sector,” says Burke. “We have a lot to be proud of in this industry and we look forward to gathering on March 24th”.

The 2015 conference will be held Tuesday, March 24th at the London Convention Centre. Registration is now open at www.gfo.ca/MarchClassic. Those who register by January 31st will be entered to win a Good in Every Grain gift pack.

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.

Contact:

Meghan Burke, Communications – 519 767-2773; mburke@gfo.ca

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