Agriculture – Ontario’s economic superpower

GUELPH, ON (February 4, 2011) The theme for Grain Farmers of Ontario’s (GFO) 2011 March Classic conference is ‘Agriculture – Ontario’s Economic Superpower’.

Ontario corn, soybean, and wheat crops generate over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province. Annually, farm gate receipts result in $2.5 billion alone. 

Agriculture competes with the automotive industry for the top economic driver in Ontario. GFO takes pride in the impact our 28,000 grain farmers make with their production and marketing capabilities.

The March Classic will feature grain buyers from around the world speaking about Ontario grain quality and uses. To join us for this powerful conference, register today at: www.gfo.ca/MarchClassic.

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.

Grain Farmers of Ontario director, Kevin Marriott, receives conservation award

GUELPH, ON (January 31, 2011) – On January 14, at the Lambton Soil and Crop Improvement Association annual meeting, Kevin Marriott was presented the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority’s 2010 Conservation Farmer of the Year Award.

Kevin was chosen for this award because of his exemplary farming practices and community involvement.

Kevin took over the family farm in 1977 and now farms 1100 acres on a rotation of corn, soybeans, and wheat. He was one of the first in Ontario to adopt no-till in 1988 and continues this practice successfully today. He also conducts soil-tests regularly.

Beyond the field, Kevin maintains his machinery, out-buildings, and office space in excellent condition. “Keeping my equipment in good condition and organized ensures safety on my farm and extends the life of my machines,” says Kevin.

Involvement in the community and farm organizations is important to Kevin as well. “As farmers I think we need to take control of our destiny by getting involved with our local municipalities, you really can take hold of government and make a difference,” says Kevin.

GFO congratulates Kevin Marriott, District 3 Director, on this award.

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.

Grain Farmers of Ontario announces March Classic

GUELPH, ON (January 28, 2011)  – Grain Farmers of Ontario has announced the dates and agenda highlights for its annual conference, the March Classic.

“2011 is critical for GFO and this event will be talked about for years to come,” says Barry Senft, CEO of GFO. “We will ask the tough questions to the right people to get the answers farmers need, and network with vital industry and political partners.”

The event will bring together provincial political leaders, including Premier Dalton McGuinty (invited) and PC leader Tim Hudak, for a fireside chat moderated by Seamus O’Regan from Canada AM. Federal MP Pierre Lemieux will also address the crowd. Other guests include Peter Mansbridge, Cal Whewell, and global corn, soybean, and wheat buyers.

The March Classic is being held March 21st, 2011 at the London Convention Center. Speakers will run through the day and an exhibitor hall will be open for networking and business discussions. There will also be a social evening banquet. Registration is now open online at www.gfo.ca/MarchClassic

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.