The hunt is on for Ontario’s best winter wheat

Grain Farmers of Ontario launches its new Winter Wheat Challenge

WOODSTOCK, ON (September 14, 2010) – As farmers look out in the fields at maturing beans and thoughts are focused on planting winter wheat, Grain Farmers of Ontario is excited to launch its new Winter Wheat Challenge for 2011.

The friendly competition adds some excitement to the upcoming crop year as farmers work at managing their crop for the best yield and quality. The challenge features cash prizes to draw out the best winter wheat grower in the province.

“Ontario farmers have always been excellent winter wheat growers,” says Crosby Devitt, Manager of Market Development and Research at Grain Farmers of Ontario. “With trends towards more precision management of wheat, we expect to see some outstanding results from this challenge.”

The Winter Wheat Challenge will be run similarly to GFO’s Spring Wheat and Soybean challenges. The farmer with the best yielding milling quality wheat will win a $1,500 cash prize. The 1st runner up will receive $750 and the 2nd runner up will win $500. The challenge is made possible by platinum sponsor, Bayer CropScience and Gold sponsors C&M Seeds and Hyland Seeds.

To compete, the field size must be a minimum of 10 acres and the harvested plot must be a minimum of 1.5 acres of the same field. Any certified variety of milling quality winter wheat is eligible. For full rules and to register, visit www.gfo.ca/winterwheatchallenge or visit GFO at the Outdoor Farm Show at the corner of North Mall and Sixth Lane. The deadline to register is April 1, 2011. 

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:

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

New partnership brings $5.7 million to research

THAMESVILLE, ON (September 13, 2010) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is excited about a new partnership that will provide $5.7 million for research in breeding and genetics in Eastern Canada.

The partnership is made possible through the Developing Innovative Agri-Products (DIAP) initiative from the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Growing Forward framework. The funding will be used to support 18 public breeding and genetics programs throughout Eastern Canada – from Manitoba to Prince Edward Island.

Covering six field crops – winter wheat, corn, soybeans, spring wheat, oats and barley – these projects will be managed by the newly formed Canadian Field Crops Research Alliance (CFCFRA). The alliance is a collaboration of seven organizations including Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO), SeCan, Fédération des producteurs de cultures du Québec, Manitoba Corn Growers Association, Manitoba Pulse Growers Association, PepsiCo Canada and the Atlantic Grains Council.

“We’re very excited about the possibilities that this new funding presents for breeding,” says Crosby Devitt, Manager of Market Development and Research at GFO and chair of the new alliance. “The projects will focus on advancing production efficiencies and insect and disease resistance as well as targeting new markets in the food, industrial and feed markets, both domestically and internationally,” continues Devitt.

DIAP is part of the larger Growing Canadian Agri-Innovations Program, a federally funded, $158 million five-year program that promotes industry-led innovation initiatives.

Of the $5.7 million, AAFC is contributing $4 million and the partners of the alliance are contributing the remaining $1.7 million. GFO is directly contributing $628,000.

“GFO has been working hard on this initiative over the past year and a half,” says Henry Van Ankum, Vice Chair of GFO. “As developing new varieties is integral to maintain a strong grain industry, we are very excited to see it come to fruition.”

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:

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

Pita-bagel in stores now!

Handi Foods Ltd releases new product using Ontario wheat

GUELPH, ON (July 26, 2010) – Handi Foods Ltd has released the new pita-bagel made with Ontario wheat!

Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) supported the development of this new product through the Wheat Innovation Support Fund. Discussions began in 2008 and the maximum grant amount of $25,000 was provided to assist with testing and development costs.

“We are excited to see this project come to fruition and are happy to see consumers enjoying more Ontario wheat products,” says Barry Senft, CEO of GFO.

The pita-bagel, sold under the Gourmet Pita brand name, is currently available in Longo’s, Sobeys Atlantic, and Metro/Food Basics Ontario and Quebec grocery stores.

“Our goal was to develop a bagel with a lighter texture than conventional bagels,” says Jerry Chizick, Vice President of Handi Foods Ltd. “The pita-bagel has a moist and light core with a crispy crust and is made with a blended flour (50% Ontario, 50% West).”

Part of GFO’s mandate is to develop new, and expand existing, markets for Ontario grains. The organization continues to work with industry partners to support various market development projects.

For more information about GFO’s current Market Development programs visit www.gfo.ca/AnnouncementPages/MarketDev_Announcements.

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:

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

Grain Farmers of Ontario landed basis (initial payment) price chart for the 2010 crop year

Grain Farmers of Ontario announces the initial payments for the 2010 pool program:

 

Initial Payment Less License Fee Net Landed Basis Price
Pool A (SWW)  $93.00 $1.00 $92.00 
Pool B (HRW grown from certified seed) $97.00 $1.00 $96.00
Pool C (HRS grown from certified seed) $95.00 $1.00 $94.00
Pool E (SRW) $88.00 $1.00 $87.00
Pool F (HR) $88.00 $1.00 $87.00
Pool G (Feed) $69.00 $1.00 $68.00

 

Note:

  • Landed Basis Levels are subject to change
  • Classes HRW & HRS (Pools B & C) – plus protein payment
  • Discounts will apply for lower grades
  • Prices in metric tonne

Please refer to the variety list on our website (http://www.gfo.ca/Marketing/WheatMarketing/InitialPayments) for the varieties accepted for Pool C (HRS). All varieties not accepted in Pool C (HRS) will be considered Pool F (HR). Please remember that Grain Farmers of Ontario requires a Form 7 producer declaration for all Pool B (HRW) and Pool C (HRS) wheat.

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:

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

Grain Farmers of Ontario plans for success

GUELPH, ON (June 25, 2010) – The Grain Farmers of Ontario strategic plan is complete, pending final Board review, and the accompanying budget has been approved by the Board for fiscal 2011 beginning June 1, 2010.

The strategic plan will challenge directors and staff with a broad vision for the organization that positions Ontario’s grain farmers as leaders not only in our province but beyond our borders.

“Our strategic plan will ultimately deliver tangible results into the bank accounts of our farmer members,” says Barry Senft, GFO’s CEO. 

The strategic plan will require a small increase in license fees to $1.75 per acre, from the originally proposed $1.70 in 2007, but will deliver dividends that will be measured in: 

  • new market opportunities,

  • increased access to information that will add value to members’ businesses,

  • research results that will reduce costs or increase returns and

  • better access to all levels of government, industry and the public on issues that affect your business.

“An example of where we have already started to add value was our new Market Development reception on June 23 in Guelph where we brought stakeholders from the industry and government together to discuss ways we can work together to bring new business opportunities for grain to Ontario,” say Senft.  “There are lots of exciting new products under development and we intend to have that infrastructure built close to our grain producing regions.”

This work cannot be done without the continued support and input from our members.  The GFO Strategic Plan will be available for comment later in the summer and all stakeholders are encouraged to contact the office or a local director or delegate with ideas and comments for ways we can work together to deliver results to Ontario’s grain farmers.  .

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:

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

Grain Farmers of Ontario welcomes member relations coordinator

GUELPH, ON (May 26, 2010) Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) is pleased to welcome Valerie Gilvesy to the role of Member Relations starting June 1, 2010.

The Member Relations role will work closely with members, delegates, directors and staff at GFO to ensure an informed and active grain farmer community whose ideas and opinions will guide the organization.

Our organization believes the more active and informed our membership, the more value GFO can add to the sector.  Valerie will be the conduit of information about current grassroots issues to GFO’s management team.  By providing support and guidance to the delegates and directors, being the key contact and collaborating with grain producers in the development of the organization at the county and provincial level, her new position will add great value.

Valerie was born and raised on a Limousin beef and cash crop farm in Middlesex County.  She began working in the agricultural industry as a Member Service Representative in 1988 with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture in the counties of Waterloo, Wellington, Dufferin and later transferring to Elgin and Oxford. For the past 2 ½ years, Valerie has been with the Chicken Farmers of Ontario as a Services and Inspection Representative, principally conducting On-Farm Food Safety Audits.

Valerie is a graduate of the Class III Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program. She lives on a farm in Oxford County with her husband George and son John.

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:

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

$1,500 cash prize up for grabs for the best spring wheat in Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario’s Spring Wheat Challenge now open for registration

The first annual Spring Wheat Challenge is a friendly competition that allows farmers to try their hand at some great prizes and learn about best management practices in the process.

Great Prizes!

  • Grand Prize – $1,500

  • 1st Runner Up – $750

  • 2nd Runner Up – $500

Rules

  • Contest open to all Ontario farmers (GFO Directors, staff and immediate families are restricted from the competition)

  • Field size must be a minimum of 10 acres and the harvested plot must be a minimum of 1.5 acres of the same field.

  • All legal spring wheat production practices will be permitted

  • Any variety designated as milling quality Hard Red Spring can be used; must be certified seed

  • Winning entries must be of Milling Quality (Grade 1,2, or 3)

  • Crop must be weighed in the field using a weigh wagon or, if facilities exist, the crop may be weighed in a regular wagon as long as the weight of the wagon itself is subtracted from the total

  • A representative sample from the harvested plot must be graded by a certified grader (someone who has completed the CGC Grain Grading Course)

  • An independent party must witness all acts of weighing and grading and sign off on the completed Harvest Information Form

  • Growers will be required to fill out a survey form stating production practices of the competition field, location of field and general weather data to participate.

  • Visit us at www.gfo.ca/springwheatchallenge

  • Call us at 1-800-265-0550

  • Email Claire Cowan at ccowan@gfo.ca

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:

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

Further disappointment surrounding Bill C-474

Grain Farmers of Ontario struggles with bill passing second reading

GUELPH, ON (April 15, 2010) – Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) is greatly disappointed with the result of the second reading of bill C-474 last night. The bill passed last evening with 153 voting in favour and 134 opposed. The bill now goes to the Agriculture Standing Committee for review.

Bill C-474 calls for an amendment to the Seeds Regulations to require that an analysis of potential harm to export markets be conducted before the sale of any new genetically engineered seed is permitted. The effect of this bill will be to introduce non science-based criteria to Canada’s evaluation and approval process for biotech seeds. A move in this direction would represent a serious and dangerous departure from a science based regulatory approach – an approach that has served farmers well in defending Canada’s ability to export agricultural production to other countries.

“A move to depart from a science-based regulatory approach would be an open invitation for other countries to impose non-science based trade barriers on Canada’s grain exports” said Barry Senft, CEO of GFO.

Bill C-474 would eliminate advantages now enjoyed by Ontario farmers and consumers by introducing unpredictable factors into the regulatory process. The bill could indefinitely delay all future approvals on the basis that there may be one country somewhere that would not accept genetically modified crops.

A coalition of farm groups, including GFO, opposed to bill C-474 will take the time prior to their testimony at the Agriculture Standing Committee to build a strong case against the bill and to ensure farmers from across Canada are represented on the issue.

Farmers are encouraged to contact GFO for more information and arrange a meeting with their local MP to discuss the impact this issue will have on Ontario farmers. 

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:

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

Corn, wheat, and soy: not just for dinner!

Explore the uses of these renewable resources at the Grains in Your Life exhibit!

TORONTO, ON (November 4, 2010) – Corn, wheat and soy not only have a place at your dinner table, these amazing crops can be found within everyday products like household insulation, carpet and kitchen countertops. Grain Farmers of Ontario invites you to visit the Grains in Your Life exhibit, an innovative presentation at this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and the International Plowing Match, to learn more. The exhibit offers an opportunity for visitors to explore how these environmentally-friendly, sustainable grain products are used at home, at work, and on the road.

Grain Farmers of Ontario has partnered with Pioneer Hi-Bred and Greenfield Ethanol to create this unique exhibit featuring grain-based structural and design components within four unique vignettes. The exhibit’s living room, office, kitchen and garage vignettes will contain, everything from No-VOC paints and varnishes, adhesives, household insulation, kitchen cabinets, countertop, carpet, subfloors, sofas, wallpaper and fabrics that feature corn, wheat and soy components.

Grains like corn and soy are processed into bio-fuels and used as a sustainable replacement to petroleum products in a myriad of commercial applications. As Ontario is one of Canada’s top producers of corn, wheat and soybeans, these products are an innovative, grown-in-Ontario and renewable source of food, bio-products and fuel.  “From the farm right through the value chain, these grains support Ontario’s emerging bio-economy,” says Erin Fletcher, Manager, Public Affairs and Communications, Grain Farmers of Ontario.

The use of corn, wheat and soy as a rapidly renewable alternative to chemicals also helps drive the development of cleaner, greener, eco-friendly products. “What’s astounding is that many consumers aren’t aware of the harmful VOC’s emitted by everyday household goods. Grains in Your Life is about starting that conversation and providing accessible alternatives,” continues Fletcher.

The Grains in Your Life will be showcased at this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and the International Plowing Match. The International Plowing Match is held in St. Thomas between September 21 and 25, and is a premier international event held annually in Ontario to promote the agricultural and rural lifestyles. The Royal Winter Fair is hosted in Toronto between November 6 and 15, and typically attracts more than 326,000 urban and rural visitors. Grain in your Life has been made possible by incredible partnerships with leading-edge Canadian companies using corn, wheat and soy within their environmentally-friendly products:  AllSteel, Wolf-Gordon, Polar Spray, CallRich Eco-Services, Umbrella Cabinetry, Columbia Forest Products, Green Living Flooring, Sherwin Williams, Durra, Herman Miller, Future Fine Furniture, Latitude Countertops, RW Doors and Mohawk Flooring. The interior design was provided by Bennett Design.

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.

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.

Dale Petrie, Vice President of Strategic Development, leaves Grain Farmers of Ontario

GUELPH, ON (March 22, 2010) – Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) announced today that Dale Petrie has decided to step down from his position as Vice President of Strategic Development, effective March 26, 2010.

Dale has been instrumental in working through the transition from the three boards to GFO and focusing the organization on adding value to producers. “Dale has been a great asset during the merging of our three boards,” says Barry Senft, CEO at GFO. “His contributions and commitment to the process were greatly appreciated.”

Dale came to GFO from the Ontario Soybean Growers where he joined the organization as General Manager in September 2007. Dale recently assumed the role of Vice President of Strategic Development at GFO – an area of the organization that includes market development, research and innovation, and public affairs and communication.

These ongoing tasks will be managed by GFO staff. A replacement has not been named but the process to fill the position will commence immediately.

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:

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