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March Classic 2021

Join us for the annual March Classic virtually on March 22 and 23, 2021!

Grain Farmers of Ontario hosts the March Classic each year for between 700-1000 farmers, AG industry, AG media and government professionals.

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the 2021 March Classic will be held virtually online on March 22 and 23, 2021.  Attendees still can hear from world class speakers, visit a tradeshow of industry professionals and network with fellow farmer members. Knowing the challenges of engaging people online and keeping everyone’s interest, we are working to build a very interactive event with a number of opportunities for engaging speakers, networking online, contests and prizing, fun activities and more. Grain Farmers of Ontario is excited to try this new format and we look forward to connecting with our communities during the 2021 March Classic – Marching Ahead Together.

It’s going to be a show filled with bonuses and surprises for our members and we intend to make this year one to remember in a new and positive way!

Marching Ahead Together

There is a legacy of care, hope, and nourishment to grain farming and we bring that legacy with us into the future as farming shifts and adapts to meet modern needs.

We celebrate the new chapters grain farming is writing now and will continue to create in the future.

Our best way forward is Marching Ahead Together.

More information coming soon.

More information can be found by emailing web@gfo.ca or by calling Grain Farmers of Ontario at 1 800 265 0550 X308.


Register for the March Classic


Hear From

The U.S Farm Report hosted by Tyne Morgan. Watch the first ever Canadian taping of the U.S. Farm Report, the longest running syndicated program focusing on agriculture, rural issues and the country lifestyle.

Jim Handman, executive director of Science Media Centre of Canada about the disconnect between science and the media.

Jo-Ann McArthur, president of Nourish Food Marketing about current and future food trends, and how this could impact Ontario’s agriculture.

Sponsored by Farm Credit Canada (FCC)

Althia Raj is HuffPost Canada’s senior editorial manager and Ottawa bureau chief. She also hosts and produces “Follow-Up,” a HuffPost Canada Politics podcast. Before joining HuffPost in 2011, Althia worked as a national political reporter for Postmedia News. She has covered Parliament Hill on and off since 2006, writing for Sun Media, and producing for CTV and for CBC Radio’s “The House.” She is a regular “At Issue” panelist on CBC TV’s “The National” on Thursdays and can be seen and heard on various CBC, Radio-Canada and CPAC programs throughout the week. Althia can be found as @althiaraj on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


Entertainment

Singer, songwriter, comedian John Charles brings the perfect harmonies of comedy and music to the stage. He calls on years of experience to stitch together all the elements of music, comedy, audience participation and improve into a seamless performance that is custom made for that audience, that night, on the spot, in real time.

Sponsored by Secan


Agenda

March 22

2pmVirtual Exhibitor Tradeshow and March Classic contesting opens
3pmGrain Farmers of Ontario Remarks
4pmNetworking lounge opens with prizing every half hour
5pmMarch Classic Reception (sponsored by SeCan)
6pmJohn Charles (sponsored by SeCan)

March 23

8amVirtual Exhibitor Tradeshow opens
9amMinister Ernie Hardeman
9:15amU.S Farm Report with host Tyne Morgan
10amJim Handman
11amJo-Ann McArthur (sponsored by Farm Credit Canada (FCC))
12pmNoon Networking Lounge challenge (Collect points by engaging with industry professionals at the Networking Lounge. The top 5 highest scores will receive a prize.)
1pmAlthia Raj
2pmNetworking lounge opens with prizing every half hour
4pmEnd of Show

Contests & Prizing

Early Bird Draws

All early registrants have the chance to win a Grain Farmers of Ontario Carhartt jacket. The first draw will be on February 1st & the second draw will be on March 1st.

Giveaway Passport

Visit the virtual exhibitor tradeshow and collect secret codes for a chance to win 1 of 3 great prizes:

  • Grand Prize: Home office technology set up from Grain Farmers of Ontario (view details)
  • 1st runner up: Win 1 of 3 John Deere gift cards worth $500 each to use on parts, service or equipment from the John Deere Dealers of Ontario
  • 2nd runner up: A Grain Farmers of Ontario branded mini fridge with filled locally brewed beverages!

Networking Lounge Swag Draws

Win Grain Farmers of Ontario swag! A winner will be selected at random every 30 minutes during the Networking Lounge.

Networking Prizes

Collect points by engaging with industry professionals at the Networking Lounge. The top 5 highest scores will receive a prize.

Scavenger Hunt

Find our Hidden Tractor throughout the March Classic Lobby and Exhibit Halls for your chance to win one of three prize packs of a Yeti Cooler, a Yeti Water Bottle and a $200 gift card to Canadian Tire.


Sponsors

Platinum

Gold

Silver

Supporters

 

Exhibitors

  • A&L Canada Laboratories
  • Agricorp
  • Agro-100 Ltd
  • Andersons Canada
  • BASF AgSolutions
  • Bayer Trecepta XtendFlex
  • Bayer Dekalb
  • CASA – BE SAFE GRAIN
  • C&M Seeds
  • Canadian Grain Commission
  • FMC
  • FS System
  • Gowan Canada
  • Grain Discovery
  • Greenfield Global
  • Harco Ag/Harkness Equipment
  • John Deere Dealers of Ontario
  • Libro Credit Union
  • Maizex Seeds
  • Ontario Federation of Agriculture
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • OSCIA
  • RBC Royal Bank
  • Robert’s Farm Equipment
  • SeCan
  • SGS Canada Ltd
  • Spirits Canada
  • Syngenta
  • TD Canada Trust Agriculture Services


Additional Information for Sponsors and Exhibitors

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