Grain Farmers of Ontario deferred payment regulations

GUELPH, ON (November 21, 2011) – As the 2011 crop year comes to a conclusion and many grain farmers are considering whether to defer crop payments, Grain Farmers of Ontario has produced an information sheet on the changes to the Grains Act made in December 2010.

In summary, there are several things to keep in mind when entering into deferred payment agreements:

  • The deferred payment must be voluntary, and agreed to by both the grain dealer/elevator operator and the farmer/owner.
  • The deferred payment must be in writing and clearly set out when the dealer/elevator must pay the farmer/owner.
  • All deferred payments must be paid in full on or before July 1, 2012.

“The current amendments to the Grains Act are in place until July 1, 2012,” says Don Kenny, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Our organization is working alongside the Ontario Agri-Business Association and with government and Agricorp to ensure a permanent decision on deferred payments is in place on or before July 1, 2012.”

To see complete details on the Deferred Payment Regulations or to view the Grains Act please visit www.gfo.ca/governmentrelations and follow the links provided.  Grain Farmers of Ontario will continue to update members on our website as information becomes available.

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 excited to announce the 2012 call for corn, soybean, and wheat research proposals

GUELPH, ON (November 16, 2011) – The Grain Farmers of Ontario is welcoming the submission of proposals for research conducted in corn, soybean or wheat for funding in 2012.

Grain Farmers of Ontario targets research and innovation opportunities that will enhance our farmer members’ returns. The four main Research Priority areas are Market Development and Quality; Breeding and Genetics; Agronomy and Production; and Diseases and Insects.  There is a special emphasis this year on projects with a focus on agronomy and production and the insect and disease priority areas. Exceptional proposals in other areas will also be considered.

“Investment in research is a long-term strategic initiative of the Grain Farmers of Ontario for the benefit of all grain farmers. Our farmers have sponsored and participated in decades of practical research that has resulted in economic gains for both farmers and the province of Ontario,” says Don Kenny Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario.

Proposals submitted must meet the Research Priorities of Grain Farmers of Ontario. Please follow the 2012 Guideline for Research Proposals and the Grain Farmers of Ontario 2012 Research Priorities documents to ensure that your proposal is aligned with the organization’s priority areas of research. Both documents can be found online at http://gfo.ca/Research.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Grain Farmers of Ontario Research Committee and the Board of Directors. It is expected that researchers will be notified of the Grain Farmers of Ontario’s funding decisions in mid-February, 2012.

The deadline for proposal submission is January 10, 2012 at 5:00pm. Researchers should submit research proposals by email to awcoleman@gfo.ca.

Proposals that best meet the Grain Farmers of Ontario Research Priorities as well as provide the most benefit to Ontario farmers will be approved for funding. Grain Farmers of Ontario strongly encourages partnerships amongst research institutions and with other funding agencies.

For more information on current research projects receiving Grain Farmers of Ontario funding support please visit http://gfo.ca/Research.

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.

Conference board report shows the benefits of Canada’s ethanol industry

GUELPH, ON (November 7, 2011) – A study on the economic impact of the ethanol industry in Canada and its environmental and health effects from the Conference Board of Canada mirrors Grain Farmers of Ontario’s recent findings: the ethanol industry benefits our economy and our environment.

“Good policy is based on accurate information and careful assessment of the alternatives. The purpose of this report is to assess the evidence and to contribute to policy discussions around ethanol,” said Len Coad, Director, Environment, Energy and Transportation in a release. “Our study concludes that ethanol should be part of Canada's energy mix. It is a clean transportation fuel that has a positive energy balance, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and contributes to energy self-sufficiency.”

According to the study, ethanol production in Canada has reached almost two billion litres per year and it can contribute to reducing Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A 10 percent ethanol blend in our fuel reduces GHG emissions by four to six percent compared to gasoline. The Conference Board also looked at the economic impact of the ethanol industry and found that it contributes as much as $1.2 billion annually to the Canadian economy and accounts for more than 14,000 person-years of employment during construction and over 1,000 permanent jobs once plants are in operation.

“These findings substantiate our previous findings through our own independent research,” says Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “It’s very clear that the ethanol and biofuels industry is important to Canadian farmers and non-farmers alike on a myriad of levels including benefits to the environment and the economy.”

The report, Ethanol's Potential Contribution to Canada's Transportation Sector (http://www.conferenceboard.ca/documents.aspx?did=4511), is publicly available from the Conference Board's e-library (www.e-library.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.

Grain Farmers of Ontario launches member survey

GUELPH, ON (November 1, 2011) – At Grain Farmers of Ontario we pride ourselves on our ongoing efforts to listen carefully to our member’s feedback. Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of a member survey which will complement these efforts.

Featured both in our monthly publication Ontario Grain Farmer magazine and online, members can participate in a confidential, anonymous questionnaire about how Grain Farmers of Ontario and the Ontario Grain Farmer magazine are doing.

We would like to know if we are meeting member expectations, focusing on the right things and providing farmers with the services their farm requires.

We recognize that farmers are busy and to say thank you to those taking the time to fill out the survey we are offering an exciting incentive.

Each person that fills out a survey will be entered into a draw for free coffee for a year!

One Grand Prize of coffee on us for 1 year in the form of a $500 Tim Horton's card.

Three prizes of $200 worth of coffee from Tim Horton's.

This survey is completely voluntary and anonymous.

Please contact GFO's Privacy Office at info@gfo.ca if you require additional information on privacy issues.

For more information and to take the survey online go to www.gfo.ca/coffeeonus or look inside the November issue of the Ontario Grain Farmer magazine for a mail-in copy.

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 congratulates new minister of agriculture Ted McMeekin

GUELPH, ON (October 20, 2011) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is pleased with the appointment of Ted McMeekin to the position of Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. 

Minister McMeekin has been a long time supporter of farmers in Ontario and an advocate for our Risk Management Program since the pilot program was introduced in 2007.  With his extensive experience as a minister, parliamentary secretary and in his municipality we are confident Minister McMeekin will be a strong leader for our agricultural industry.

“Our organization has many exciting new initiatives in market development and research that will benefit the province of Ontario,” says Don Kenny Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario.  “We look forward to meeting with Minister McMeekin to discuss the many ways we can work together to ensure the success of the Ontario grain industry.”

Opportunities for market growth for Ontario’s grain farmers to discuss with the new minister will include a provincial bio-diesel mandate to match the federal two percent mandate announced earlier this year, a united strategy for research and market development, a Capital Cost Allowance acceleration for capital purchases and a tax credit for certified seed.

“Ontario’s grain farmers will be pleased with this announcement,” continues Kenny.  “Minister McMeekin is a supporter of his local farmers through a local food campaign and this support will now extend right across the province.” 

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.

A successful first fiscal year for Grain Farmers of Ontario

GUELPH, ON (September 16, 2011) – At the September 8, 2011 Grain Farmers of Ontario Annual General Meeting, farmer members learned of the many ways the organization added value to its members in 2011 and of the surplus position of the organization that has led to a reduction in license fees for the 2012 crop year.

In addition to the positive reports from the organization’s leadership, delegates and members came together to have meaningful discussion on issues and resolutions that will affect farmer-members in the future.

“The financial reports for Grain Farmers of Ontario's first full fiscal year are very positive, ending with an operating surplus of $4 million,” said Grain Farmers of Ontario finance manager Tom Farfaras in his presentation. “This surplus is due to the record yields and quality of the 2010 crop.”

The meeting also featured interesting speakers including David Phillips from Environment Canada who shared his thoughts on overarching weather trends and why weather seems to matter so much to Canadians, especially farmers. Attendees also had an opportunity to hear from John DePutter who spoke on market trends and provided insight into both the current market conditions and future opportunities.

To see the detailed reports from each manager at Grain Farmers of Ontario and for a complete look at our financial statements, see our Annual Report here: http://gfo.ca/Annual-Report

The financials will also appear in the October issue of the Ontario Grain Farmer magazine.

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-Dupont Young Leader Program successful candidates chosen

GUELPH, ON (September 2, 2011) – Grain Farmers of Ontario has selected Dave Park and Christine Russell, from Lambton County, as the Canadian representatives for the 2012 American Soybean Association (ASA) and Dupont Young Leader Program.

This program offers an excellent opportunity to help train Ontario’s future farm leaders. Participants benefit from lessons in public speaking and exposure to other successful farm operations, while the greater agriculture sector will benefit from their personal enhancement.

Several applications were received, all were reviewed by committee and interviews were conducted with a short list of candidates. “We had a great group of applicants this year and were impressed to see such a keen interest from our younger members” says Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario. 

Dave and Christine farm near Sarnia with Dave’s father. They have approximately 10,500 acres of corn, soybeans, and wheat.  In addition to farming, they operate a seed business whereby they grow, process, package and store soybean seed. Avid innovators with an eye to the future, they have adopted robotics on their packaging line, creating a more ergonomic work environment, while increasing efficiencies and cutting down on labour costs. “They are ideal candidates for this program,” added Senft.

The 2012 class of Young Leaders will participate in a challenging and educational leadership experience beginning in November 2011 at the Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, and then complete training in February 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic. 

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.

2011 Winter Wheat Performance trial results online!

GUELPH, ON (August 30, 2011) – Ontario Winter Wheat Performance Trial information is now available online at www.GoCereals.ca, a website developed by the Ontario Cereal Crops Committee (OCCC) that features the 2011 Winter Wheat Performance trials.

This year 33 varieties were entered in the performance trials, from 10 different distributors.  The trials include winter wheat varieties from all four classes searchable both geographically and by production traits.  The complete report containing full performance trial data laid out in chart format can be downloaded and printed from the website.

“The trials conducted across Ontario act as a vital resource for Ontario farmers when selecting wheat varieties for the upcoming crop year. In addition to yield, the trials report findings on test weight, protein level, Fusarium head blight, septoria and other diseases.” says Martin Harry, chair of OCCC.

To ensure this information is widely available in a timely manner, the performance trials will be presented through a webinar hosted by the OCCC and Grain Farmers of Ontario on September 1 at 8:30 am.  Grain Farmers of Ontario manager of research and market development, Crosby Devitt, will moderate the online seminar. Members of the Ontario Cereal Crop Committee will be on camera to provide comments about the growing season and to describe the performance trials and their results.   These members include Martin Harry, OCCC Chair, Ellen Sparry, OCCC Winter Wheat Coordinator, and Peter Johnson, OMAFRA’s Provincial Cereal Specialist. Farmers and industry representatives can access the webinar live to view the discussion and send in their questions. To register for the webinar, send your name and email address to info@gfo.ca. If you aren’t able to tune in live, the recorded webinar will be available after the event on www.gfo.ca and www.gocereals.ca.

For a printed copy of the final report please call the OMAFRA Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or call the Grain Farmers of Ontario office at 1-800-265-0550. Printed copies will also be available at upcoming Grain Farmers of Ontario events, including the Grain Farmers of Ontario annual general meeting, Outdoor Farm Show and the International Plowing Match.

The Ontario Cereal Crop Performance Trials are coordinated by the Ontario Cereal Crops Committee (OCCC) and its members include representatives of farmers, seed growers, seed industry, researchers and government.  

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 launches online RMP calculator

GUELPH, ON (August 16, 2011) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is once again launching an online Risk Management Program calculator to coincide with the release of the 2011 program applications, mailed the first week of August by Agricorp.

The changes in the 2011 RMP calculator reflect the recent program details announced for the first year of the permanent program namely; premiums are set to zero for the 2011 program year and the coverage level is fixed to 100% for the first year of the program.  Due to the timing of the release of the RMP calculator, before pre-harvest payment information is known, pre- and post-harvest prices are estimated with ranges built into the calculator for farmers to use to adjust prices based on their own price predictions. The calculator will be updated with actual pre- and post- harvest price information when they are available.

“This online calculator is a great resource for farmers interested in running different marketing scenarios using the actual numbers from the Risk Management Program,” says Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario.  “With no premium required for 2011 and 100 percent coverage for the provincial portion of the program, we hope for a high participation rate this year.”

Grain Farmers of Ontario is pleased with the details that were finalized regarding the permanent Risk Management Program and announced for Ontario’s 28,000 grain farmers by Minister Carol Mitchell. The program was designed by farmers for farmers to insure their businesses against risk factors out of their control like commodity price volatility, currency fluctuations and unexpected input cost increases.

The RMP calculator is available on the Grain Farmers of Ontario website at www.gfo.ca/rmp

If you have any additional questions about the details of the permanent Risk Management Program there are three ways to get answers:

  • For questions regarding the application process, deadlines or program details contact Agricorp at 1-877-257-1380.
  • For questions about the design of the program, future considerations or any other general questions about the program contact Erin Fletcher at Grain Farmers of Ontario at efletcher@gfo.ca or 519-767-4137.
  • This program is offered through the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.  Information about the program can be found on their website at http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/rmp/rmpgrain.htm.

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.

Research yields new soybean varieties

GUELPH, ON (August 12, 2011) – New genetics are becoming available to soybean farmers as a result of the success of a new public breeding program supported by Grain Farmers of Ontario.

The “Advanced Canadian Field Crops through Breeding” project began in April 2010 and will continue through till March 2013. This project is managed by the newly created Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance (CFCRA), which GFO is a founding member.

“Building on previous investments by Grain Farmers of Ontario and the members of the CFCRA, the Canadian soybean breeding programs have been very active and the impacts are already being seen in the industry and at the farm level,” says Alison Walden-Coleman, research projects manager with CFCRA. “This year has been very successful with 10 new varieties being released to the market,” she continues.

These 10 varieties are currently licensed to industry seed companies and several have already been made commercially available to farmers.

The CFCRA is an alliance of provincial farm organizations and industry partners. In partnership with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Developing Innovative Agri-Products program, $5.7 million is being invested over three years for the project.

The project will improve crop genetics and develop new varieties tailored to meet the needs of the marketplace. Farmers from Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes have come together to ensure that farmers have access to globally competitive varieties for years to come.

The successful introduction of new soybean varieties is just the first triumph to come out of this project and Grain Farmers of Ontario is looking forward to seeing more results in the six crops the project covers over the next few years. In addition to soybeans, this project is investing funds in breeding efforts in corn, winter wheat, spring wheat, oats and barley.

For more details on Ontario soybean varieties, visit www.gosoy.ca.

For more information about these projects, visit www.gfo.ca/research.

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.