GUELPH, ON (October 17, 2013) – Grain Farmers of Ontario welcomes the forthcoming agreement-in-principle for a free trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Canada. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will benefit Ontario, and Canadian, corn, soybean, and wheat farmers.
“The EU is the largest buyer of Canadian soybeans with more than a million tonnes exported to the region annually,” says Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “We look forward to even greater trade with Europe with the implementation of CETA.”
Grain Farmers of Ontario supports more open international trade to curtail market access impediments and allow Ontario’s corn, soybean, and wheat farmers to compete on a level playing field in world markets. The announcement of the agreement with the EU will reduce trade barriers and allow the opportunity to develop new markets for Ontario grain.
“We have a positive export relationship with the EU and expect increased opportunities and market access for our farmer-members with the establishment of CETA,” says Senft.
Grain Farmers of Ontario
Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 corn, 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.