Grain Farmers of Ontario welcomes Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay

GUELPH, ON (November 4, 2015) – Grain Farmers of Ontario congratulates and welcomes the Honorable Lawrence MacAulay, appointed today as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

“We are pleased to have Minister MacAulay receive this appointment and appreciate his past experience in agriculture,” says Mark Brock, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario.

The organization looks forward to working with the Minister on key issues, including adequate funding for safety net programs for farmers and a commitment to investment in public plant research.  Grain Farmers of Ontario also plans to raise the issue of a uniform regulatory environment across Canada with the new Minister.

“A top priority for our farmer-members is a significant re-design of the existing safety net programs to ensure effective business risk management for grain farmers,” says Brock. “We also look forward to seeing the federal government lead a positive change towards consistent regulatory environment across the country.”

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.