GUELPH, ON (January 17, 2019) – Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers, commends Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, for initiating the ask for federal government support through the AgriRecovery program.
AgriRecovery is a disaster relief framework where all levels of government work together to respond to natural disasters affecting farmers when need is not addressed by current programs.
Minister Hardeman has initiated this framework to help Ontario grain farmers cope with record levels of DON in corn.
“Grain Farmers of Ontario appreciates the Ontario government’s acknowledgement of the DON crisis in Ontario as a form of disaster and looks to the federal government to also be part of the solution,” said Markus Haerle, Chair, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Our organization is committed to providing support to the Ontario government to ensure that the federal government understands the need of Ontario’s grain farmers, and to ensure the risk management programs, including AgriRecovery, are effective for our members.”
Grain Farmers of Ontario also appreciates that the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs extended the intake deadline for merit-based, cost-share funding to support projects that will help the corn value chain address challenges caused by DON. Funding for this targeted initiative is being provided through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s funding assistance for Ontario’s organizations and collaborations. The new deadline is February 28, 2019.
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.