Grain Farmers of Ontario: officially Ontario’s new marketing board

Guelph, OntarioOntario’s corn, soybean and wheat farmers will have a strong and unified voice in the province beginning January 1, 2010 with the inauguration of Grain Farmers of Ontario.

An interim board of directors will be appointed by the province to oversee the GFO’s operations until the completion of regional elections in early February.  The elected board of directors for Grain Farmers of Ontario will be in place by early March 2010 and will focus initially on policy development and business planning.

“GFO will ensure our members have a strong voice on provincial and national issues as well as offering programs and services that add value to their businesses,” says Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario.  

GFO will build upon the strength of our farmer members and our heritage organizations to take a leadership role in marketing, market development and advocacy.  The new organization will work with farmers to get the most out of their high quality crops through innovative research and policy development.

For GFO to be successful right out of the gate, it is important for all members to shape and direct the organization by participating in the upcoming January meetings and elections.  There will be an opportunity for dialogue with executive staff and to elect the political leaders of GFO at these meetings to ensure the organization is built from the ground up.  Check the website at www.gfo.ca or the Ontario Grain Farmer magazine for regional meeting dates.

This merger of Ontario’s corn, soybean and wheat organizations will position GFO as the largest provincial commodity board representing 28,000 farmers and five million acres of farmland that generate $2.2 billion in farm gate receipts, over $9 billion in economic output and 40,000 jobs.

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.