GUELPH, ON (March 24, 2020) – Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers, today thanks the Government of Ontario and Premier Doug Ford for acknowledging agriculture, including farms and businesses that support farming, as an essential service.
Grain Farmers of Ontario would also like to congratulate Premier Ford on his leadership throughout this public health crisis.
“Ontario grain farmers will continue to fill the shelves for the public, but we do not do this alone, and we are pleased to see the provincial government acknowledge the importance of the entire food supply chain and support infrastructure. We remain committed to growing safe, healthy food,” said Markus Haerle, Chair, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Grain Farmers of Ontario continues to remind our farmer-members to be vigilant about their part in flattening the curve during the COVID-19 crisis.”
The Ontario government published a list of businesses that can remain open during the State of Emergency. For a complete list of the services click on this link – Agriculture and Food Production starts at number 21.
For more information on Grain Farmers of Ontario’s asks to governments for farmer supports to ensure the viability of the food supply chain in Ontario, please visit: www.gfo.ca/covid19
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.