Grain Farmers of Ontario Cancels the 2020 March Classic

GUELPH, ON (March 13, 2020) – Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province‘s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario‘s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat farmers today made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 March Classic, scheduled for March 24, 2020 in London, ON.

The Ontario government has advised that all events hosting more than 250 people be cancelled to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Given that attendance to the March Classic has been close to 1000 attendees in some years, Grain Farmers of Ontario has decided to follow that advice for the safety of its farmer-members, staff, and their communities.

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Grain Farmers of Ontario Thanks the Provincial Government for Recognizing Agriculture as an Essential Service

GUELPH, ON (March 24, 2020) – Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers, today thanks the Government of Ontario and Premier Doug Ford for acknowledging agriculture, including farms and businesses that support farming, as an essential service.

Grain Farmers of Ontario would also like to congratulate Premier Ford on his leadership throughout this public health crisis.

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COVID-19 Update – Letter to Members

Good afternoon,

As global reaction to the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, we want to ensure our members know the work we are doing on their behalf.

On Friday, Grain Farmers of Ontario worked in collaboration with provincial and federal groups to reach out to both levels of government (links below). It is imperative that we reach out quickly with defined asks and recommendations. For members looking to help, we have some requests below.

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Grain Farmers of Ontario Reacts to Today’s Announcement of Government Loan Programs for Farmers During COVID-19

Immediate Action Needed on Further Asks

GUELPH, ON (March 23, 2020) – Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers sees today’s announcement of loan programs and delayed repayment deadlines for farmers as the first step of many that will needed to support farmers and help keep Canada’s food system functional.

Today, the government announced loans for farmers to help with the issues stemming from COVID-19, including an increase to the lending capacity of Farm Credit Canada and additional time to pay back existing advanced payment loans.

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