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.