Grain Farmers of Ontario March Classic industry speakers

GUELPH, ON (March 01, 2011)  – Grain Farmers of Ontario March Classic will offer global industry insight for Ontario growers. Buyers of corn, wheat, and soybeans will explain their experiences with Ontario product and how adjustments in on-farm practices will help ensure the sustainability of grain farming on our province.

A great supporter of Grain Farmers of Ontario , Jan Wescott of Spirits Canada, will offer a wealth of knowledge about the corn quality requirements for fine Canadian whisky. The whisky industry is unique and proves to be a marketing channel of interest for many Ontario grain farmers. Remote distilleries often rely on the convenience of local farm supplies of corn whereas border locations have numerous options. Wescott will share how we can keep Ontario distilleries buying domestic corn.

Travelling all the way from the United Kingdom (UK), Warburton’s Bob Beard, will join the Grain Farmers of Ontario conference to discuss their wheat program and how they select their wheat suppliers. Warburtons is an artisan bakery that has been highly successful in the UK for 130 years. The company purchases all their wheat from the UK and Canada and has implemented traceability all the way back to the farm. Beard will provide great insight into the differences between Western and Eastern Canadian wheat in baked goods.

Finally, CRFA President Gordon Quaiattini will speak to the March Classic crowd about the status of renewable grain based fuels in Ontario. From biodiesel to ethanol, Quaiattini will flow knowledge of the current and future position of renewable fuels domestically and internationally as well as the economic impact on farm and on a macro-scale.

These three powerful industry alliances will provide an opportunity for Ontario’s grain farmers to address marketing and end-use requirements of their crops. To register for the March Classic visit www.gfo.ca/MarchClassic or call the Grain Farmers of Ontario office at 1-800-265-0550. 

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.