GUELPH, ON (July 24, 2018) – Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers, extends its appreciation for the efforts of new Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman during last week’s Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Agriculture Ministers meeting.
Minister Hardeman represented the interests of grain farmers at the meeting with a special focus on business risk management and global trade issues and their impact on Ontario agriculture.
“There are many issues facing farmers in Ontario today. We are already seeing the economic impact of trade uncertainty and we need to be prepared to support the agriculture industry and help our farmers maintain their businesses and food production,” said Markus Haerle, Chair, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Minister Hardeman is to be commended for taking the time to consult with Ontario agriculture, including grain farmers, about these issues, especially as he is only two weeks into his new role.”
The FPT meeting included discussions on the current trade situation and the ministers also discussed risk management strategies for Canadian agriculture and are supportive of the recommendations to continue the BRM review and discussed the uncertainty for farmers as a result of global trade tensions.
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.