Grain Farmers of Ontario welcomes Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay

GUELPH, ON (November 4, 2015) – Grain Farmers of Ontario congratulates and welcomes the Honorable Lawrence MacAulay, appointed today as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

“We are pleased to have Minister MacAulay receive this appointment and appreciate his past experience in agriculture,” says Mark Brock, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario.

The organization looks forward to working with the Minister on key issues, including adequate funding for safety net programs for farmers and a commitment to investment in public plant research.  Grain Farmers of Ontario also plans to raise the issue of a uniform regulatory environment across Canada with the new Minister.

“A top priority for our farmer-members is a significant re-design of the existing safety net programs to ensure effective business risk management for grain farmers,” says Brock. “We also look forward to seeing the federal government lead a positive change towards consistent regulatory environment across the country.”

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:

Mark Brock, Chair – 519-274-3297; cropper01@hotmail.com

Meghan Burke, Communications – 519 767-2773; mburke@gfo.ca

Grain Farmers of Ontario appeals court’s decision

Legal Action on Seed Treatment Regulations Continues

GUELPH, ON (November 3, 2015) – Action has been initiated by Grain Farmers of Ontario to appeal the court’s decision, announced October 23rd, on the legal action surrounding the seed treatment regulation brought into law July 1, 2015.

Today, Grain Farmers of Ontario submitted a motion to the Ontario Divisional Court to have the request for a stay of the regulation reviewed. Shortly, an appeal will also be submitted to the Ontario Court of Appeal regarding the dismissal of the main request, which includes the interpretation of the regulation.

“We believe there are proper grounds for these steps,” says Mark Brock, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Our priority is to protect the rights of our farmer-members and this matter requires us to continue legal action.”

Grain Farmers of Ontario hopes the process will move expeditiously and that decisions will be available ahead of planting season.  

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:

Mark Brock, Chair – 519-274-3297; cropper01@hotmail.com

Meghan Burke, Communications – 519 767-2773; mburke@gfo.ca

Ontario court denies application on seed treatment regulations

Grain Farmers of Ontario to pursue further actions.

GUELPH, ON (October 23, 2015) – The Ontario Superior Court has denied Grain Farmers of Ontario's request for a stay and interpretation on the seed treatment regulations passed into law July 1, 2015.

“We are extremely disappointed that the judge did not rule in our favour, leaving the grain industry in a very difficult situation as farmers try to arrange seed orders this fall,” says Mark Brock. “We are currently reviewing our legal options and will continue to protect the rights of Ontario's grain farmers.”

The court hearing on this application was held September 28, 2015. The judge reserved judgement until this afternoon, at which time Grain Farmers of Ontario's delegates were notified by Brock.

“To be very clear, Grain Farmers of Ontario has not conceded on this matter,” says Brock. “We are evaluating several options and will move forward very quickly with the strong support of our 28,000 farmer-members.”

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:

Mark Brock, Chair – 519-274-3297; cropper01@hotmail.com

Meghan Burke, Communications – 519 767-2773; mburke@gfo.ca