March Classic Early Bird Winner

March Classic 2017 conference hall

GUELPH, ON (February 6, 2018) – Grain Farmers of Ontario would like to congratulate Laurie Lassaline from Oil Springs, Ontario as the winner of January’s March Classic early bird draw! Laurie will be receiving a Good in Every Grain prize pack.

Everyone who registers for the March Classic before the end of February, including those who registered in January, will be eligible to win a second early bird prize from Good in Every Grain. Continue reading “March Classic Early Bird Winner”

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, 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.

Grain Farmers of Ontario Announces New Agronomist Position

Corn for harvest

GUELPH, ON (January 29, 2017) – Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat farmers, today announces the newly created role of Agronomist. Laura Ferrier, a Certified Crop Advisor, has taken on this new position. Continue reading “Grain Farmers of Ontario Announces New Agronomist Position”

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, 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.

Grain Farmers of Ontario Welcomes New Head of Communications

Growing Connections in Toronto

GUELPH, ON (January 25, 2017) – Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province‘s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario‘s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers, welcomes Victoria Berry as the new Manager, Communications. Continue reading “Grain Farmers of Ontario Welcomes New Head of Communications”

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, 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.

Grain Farmers of Ontario Celebrates Canada’s Successful CPTPP Inclusion

Grains in Action February 2017 at Sarnia Terminal

GUELPH, ON (January 24, 2017) – Grain Farmers of Ontario congratulates Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of International Trade François-Philippe Champagne, and Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs on Canada’s successful negotiations to be included in the CPTPP. Congratulations also go out to Canada’s negotiation team on its significant effort on achieving this agreement. Continue reading “Grain Farmers of Ontario Celebrates Canada’s Successful CPTPP Inclusion”

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, 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.

March Classic 2018 Registration Now Open

March Classic 2017 conference hall

PRESS RELEASE

GUELPH, ON (January 17, 2017) – Registration is now open for the March Classic, Grain Farmers of Ontario’s annual conference for farmers and industry, being held Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Anyone who pre-registers by Wednesday, January 31, will be entered into an early bird draw.

The March Classic is the largest grain-focused conference in Eastern Canada, drawing upwards of 700 attendees from farms across Ontario, government and industry.

“Ontario farmers have always looked to the future to grow and prosper. The March Classic this year will focus on “Leadership for Tomorrow” as we discuss the importance of innovation and legacy in building strong agricultural leaders in Ontario,” said Crosby Devitt, Vice President, Strategic Development. “We are hosting sessions with speakers globally known for strong leadership and forward thinking. We are looking forward to learning and having the opportunity to connect with grain farmers.”

Speakers at this year’s March Classic include:

Darby Allen – Fire chief Darby Allen guided the 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray to safety with no loss of life during 2016’s catastrophic Alberta wildfires.

Dr. Laurence C. Smith – Dr. Laurence C. Smith is one of the world’s leading climate scientists, and he will outline the changes our world will face in both the distant and immediate future.

Gordon Campbell – As Canada’s High Commissioner to the UK from 2011 to 2016, Gordon Campbell holds a unique understanding of what Brexit means for our economy.

Kirstine Stewart – Kirstine Stewart, Chief Strategy Officer for Diply, has held leadership roles with the CBC, Alliance Atlantis, and Twitter and offers perspective on how modern workplaces need a new kind of leader – one who values partnership, collaboration, and empathy.

The March Classic features over 70 of exhibitors from across Ontario, including equipment, seed, and agriculture retail companies. This year, evening entertainment will be provided by Beatles Tribute band, The Caverners.

The 2018 conference will be held at the London Convention Centre, London, Ontario. Those that pre-register by Wednesday, January 31 will be entered to win an early bird draw for a Good in Every Grain prize. For more information and to register, please visit: gfo.ca/marchclassic.

To skip lines at the conference, pre-registered attendees can pick up name tags and meal tickets on the 2nd floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton on Monday, March 19 from 7 to 9 pm during the SGS Agriculture and Food-sponsored reception.

GRAIN FARMERS OF ONTARIO

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, 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:

Crosby Devitt, Vice President, Strategic Development –  (519) 835-2767cdevitt@gfo.ca

Victoria Berry, Manager, Communications –  (226) 820-6641vberry@gfo.ca

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, 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.

Increased ethanol mandate good for grain farmers and the people of Ontario

Corn for harvest

Press release

GUELPH, ON (December 4, 2017) – Grain Farmers of Ontario applauds the Ontario Government for putting forward a proposal to increase the ethanol mandate in the province.

The government of Ontario released its proposed amendments to the Ethanol in Gasoline regulation last week on the Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights. The proposal includes an increase to the mandate for ethanol in regular grade gasoline from 5% to 10% by 2020.

“We are pleased to see the Ontario government committed to growing the ethanol market in Ontario,” said Mark Brock, Chair, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Corn ethanol produced in Ontario increases market opportunities for local farmers. It is also an effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars on the road and the ethanol industry generates jobs and economic activity for the province.”

Farmers are not the only ones who will benefit from growth within the biofuels industry. Income stability for Ontario’s grain farmers becomes money spent in our rural communities. An October 2017 study by Doyletech Corporation found that the economic impact of increasing the provincial ethanol mandate to 10% will contribute an additional $638 million per year to Ontario’s economy.

The government’s proposed amendments to the Ethanol in Gasoline regulation have been posted for review and comment and Grain Farmers of Ontario will be making a submission to support the increased use of ethanol.

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, 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:

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

Mark Brock, Chair – 519-274-3297; cropper01@hotmail.com

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, 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.

Priorities for Farmers Recognized in PC Party Policy Comments

Press release

GUELPH, ON (November 27, 2017) – Grain Farmers of Ontario applauds Ontario’s PC party for including support for growing the grains and oilseeds sector among their policy commitments. The PC Party’s policy document promises to implement two of Grain Farmers of Ontario’s priorities: Risk management programming and the establishment of an Agriculture Task Force.

“We are pleased to see the PC party include policies for growing the non-supply managed agriculture sector in its policy platform,” said Mark Brock, Chair, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Risk management programs and an Agriculture Task Force that puts a priority on growth is an important part of capturing the opportunities in our sector.” Risk management programs, such as the RMP program in Ontario, are essential tools for farmers who want to invest in innovations to grow their businesses. An increase to the cap on the RMP program will help address the issues of bankability and predictability.

Grain Farmers of Ontario believes that a partnership with industry and government is important to seize new opportunities for grains and oilseeds and support existing markets. A forum like an Agriculture Task force is important to establish this partnership and a vision for growth in the sector.

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, 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:

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

Mark Brock, Chair – 519-274-3297; cropper01@hotmail.com

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, 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.

Cash Purchase Tickets for deferred payments unchanged in the 2017 Budget

Press release

GUELPH, ON (November 7, 2017) – Grain Farmers of Ontario applauds the Government of Canada’s announcement to maintain the current tax treatment of cash purchase tickets for deliveries of grains. The deferral mechanism is a valuable risk management tool for grain farmers who rely on it.

“We were pleased to see the Minister of Finance respond favorably to our request to maintain the current system of cash purchase tickets and deferral payments.” said Mark Brock, Chairman, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Any adjustments to the current Cash Basis tax filing method and instruments that support the tools to defer income would be to the detriment of the agriculture industry and the rural economies it supports.”

The federal government’s commitment to economic stability and growth for the middle class, the agricultural sector and the Canadian economy would not benefit from changing the current instruments for tax deferral afforded to grains and oilseed farmers. It is in the interest of Canadians for farmers to have a stable foundation to manage risk, optimize business opportunities and invest in productivity to meet the growing demand for Canadian grains and oilseed products.

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, 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:

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

Mark Brock, Chair – 519-274-3297; cropper01@hotmail.com

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, 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.

Grains Innovation Fund accepting applications

Press release

GUELPH, ON (September 21, 2017) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is now accepting applications for the Grains Innovation Fund to support new and expanded markets for Ontario barley, corn, oats, soybeans, and wheat.

“Since the organizations’ inception, Grain Farmers of Ontario has dedicated resources to supporting novel, new, and increased utilization of our crops,” says Mackellar. “The Grains Innovation Fund was officially launched in 2010 and we have supported over 35 projects to date and provided over $900,000 in funding.”

Projects that satisfy the eligibility criteria for the Grains Innovation Fund can receive up to 60% of the cost of the project, up to a maximum of $50,000. Eligible projects must open new markets for Ontario grains, expand the use and demand for Ontario grains, promote Ontario grains as the best choice, identity preserve varieties for novel uses, and/or increase the value (premiums) or Ontario grains.

“The Market Development Committee, comprised of Grain Farmers of Ontario directors and farmer-members, considers and reviews all applications,” says Mackellar. “We look forward to seeing what new initiatives and growth opportunities we can support in the coming year.”

Applications for the Grains Innovation Fund must be submitted by November 6, 2017. Information about the fund and the application process is available at www.gfo.ca/market-development or by contacting Justin Shepherd, Market Development Coordinator at jshepherd@gfo.ca or 1-800-265-0550.

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, 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:

Nicole Mackellar, Manager, Market Development – 519 767-4124; nmackellar@gfo.ca

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

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, 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.

Ontario RMP secure for 2018

Press release

GUELPH, ON (September 20, 2017) – The risk management program (RMP) for Ontario farmers will remain intact for 2018.

In a letter from the Honourable Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Grain Farmers of Ontario was notified that the ministry will not proceed with interim changes to RMP. For 2018, this program will remain unchanged as the federal suite of business risk management programs is under review.

“We support the decision by the Minister to leave Ontario’s existing risk management program in place for the next crop season,” says Mark Brock, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “An interim revision to RMP at this stage would create confusion for our farmer-members and we are pleased the Minister put this on hold.”

With the federal review of business risk management underway, it makes sense that the ministry delays the update to the provincial program at this time. Ontario’s RMP should complement the federal suite, ensuring both programs work together. The Minister, in his letter, confirmed that the ministry will maintain the funding of $100 million throughout the evaluation of the RMP program and any resulting changes.

“Grain Farmers of Ontario is a founding member of the AgGrowth Coalition and is committed to delivering both a federal and a provincial solution to risk management that works for farmers,” says Brock. “We are pleased that the Minister has acknowledged our active participation in this review process and are confident that appropriate risk management options will be available for farmers in the near future.”

The comprehensive review of the federal suite of programs was announced in July at the federal-provincial-territorial meeting with support from all provincial agriculture ministers. The first draft of the federal program revisions is expected in 2018.

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, 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:

Mark Brock, Chair – 519-274-3297; cropper01@hotmail.com

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

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, 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.