GUELPH, ON (October 1, 2018) – Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat farmers, today offers its congratulations to the Canadian government for having successfully negotiated Canada’s inclusion in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In particular, Grain Farmers of Ontario recognizes the hard work of Canadian negotiators, led by Minister Freeland, and the overall leadership of Prime Minister Trudeau.
If approved, the USMCA will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which negotiators have worked to update since 2017.
“This agreement ensures that the existing strong trade relationship between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico will continue. This relationship is vital to the prosperity of the Ontario grain industry and the USMCA will provide stability that will benefit grain farmers across Ontario,” said Markus Haerle, Chair, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “As this and other agreements, such as CPTPP are ratified, that stability will continue to grow.”
Unimpeded access to world markets is increasingly important to Ontario grain producers. Haerle noted, “USMCA allows farmers and the agriculture industry to continue these strong relationships without any new issues or any new disruptions.”
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.