Grains in Action
February 13-15, 2023.
Grains in Action is a three-day program for young farmers to gain knowledge about the end uses of the grains they grow. Participants also learn about the role of Grain Farmers of Ontario within the grain industry and how they can become active members within the organization. It is an opportunity for new experiences, building relationships, and professional growth.
Who should attend?
Young farmers who have just finished university or are nearing the end of their studies, with the intent of working on the farm; or those who have been working on-farm for a couple of years and are looking to learn more about the grain industry and Grain Farmers of Ontario. We target those aged 22 – 30, but welcome those within a few years of this bracket to apply to participate.
If you are interested in attending the 2023 Grains in Action program, please use our online application form to apply.
Note: A $100 refundable deposit is required from all participants to guarantee their attendance. Deposits will be requested once participants are confirmed in early January 2023.
What does the program include?
Grains in Action is a tour-based program, with stops that highlight the different aspects of the grain value chain. Tour stops in 2023 include: Cargill, Pride Seeds, Harrow Research Centre, ADM, Hiram Walker, Arva Flour Mill, and Wallenstein Feed.
The course also includes discussions with Grain Farmers of Ontario staff about the work our organization does on behalf of farmer-members, including Government Relations, Communications, Market Development, Agronomy, Research, and Member Relations.
Grain Farmers of Ontario covers the complete cost of the program, including meals, bus transportation to tours, and hotels; however, participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the program. The program will begin and end at the Grand River Agriculture Society in Elora, Ontario. Personal vehicles will remain on site in their security patrolled parking lot.