GUELPH, ON (August 23, 2013) – A change has been made to the way soybean drying charges will be calculated under the Agreement for Marketing the Ontario Soybean Crop made under the Farm Products Marketing Act (O. Reg 485/09).
Grain Farmers of Ontario, in collaboration with the Ontario Agri Business Association and soybean processors, has successfully negotiated new terms of the agreement. Soybean drying charges will no longer be tied to the price of soybeans as outlined in the previous agreement in effect since 2005.
As of September 1, 2013, the new agreement will state: “Cleaning and handling charges, as well as soybean drying charges/moisture discounts, will be agreed upon by the dealer and the producer through competitive market forces, similar to the corn and wheat markets.”
“This change is a direct response to concerns raised by our farmer-members about the high costs associated with soybean drying,” says Henry Van Ankum, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “It better reflects the competitive environment that exists within the Ontario grain industry.”
With this new ability to review the posted rates offered by different dealers and processors and the ability to negotiate their soybean drying charges, producers should confirm all terms and conditions before making their deliveries. Grain Farmers of Ontario believes this new agreement will be a significant marketing tool for our farmer-members that will help them achieve better returns.
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.