GUELPH, ON (March 29, 2011) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is enthusiastic and pleased with the commitment the McGuinty government has made to Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers with the inclusion of a permanent risk management program (RMP) in the budget.
RMP is a cost-shared, insurance program that provides stability to farmers when grain markets are volatile.
“The RMP model has been piloted for four years and has shown great value for grain farmers,” says Don Kenny, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “We appreciate the efforts and support of Premier Dalton McGuinty and Agriculture Minister Carol Mitchell in protecting the viability of our 28,000 members’ farms.”
The decision to make RMP permanent demonstrates the government’s long-term dedication to Ontario’s food supply and rural communities.
“Ontario’s grain farmers should celebrate today’s news,” continues Kenny. “The leadership shown today by the McGuinty government sets a new standard in the province and ensures the sustainability of our family farms.”
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.