Grain Farmers of Ontario conference

Members of the media are invited to join more than 300 grain and oilseed farmers at Grain Farmers of Ontario’s March Conference on March 9, 2010 at the London Convention Centre in London, Ontario.

Highlights include:

  • Keynote speakers Minister Mitchell, Diane Francis and Jay Ingram

  • Research Exhibit Area

  • Exhibitors' Hall, with more than 40 booths

To reserve your media kit (including complimentary lunch ticket) please contact Claire Cowan or Erin Fletcher by Friday, March 5, 2010.

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.

Contact:

Barry Senft, CEO – 1-800-265-0550; bsenft@gfo.ca

Grain Farmers of Ontario board elects first executive

GUELPH, ON (February 19, 2010) – The Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) is pleased to announce the executive has been elected from the 2010 Board of Directors.

Don Kenny, the elected representative from District 13 – Prince Edward, Lennox-Addington, Frontenac, Lanark, Leeds, Grenville, Renfrew and Ottawa – will be GFO’s first elected Chair.  Don farms 1,300 acres in the Ottawa-Carleton area of the province. 

The Vice Chair, from District 10 – Grey, Bruce, Wellington – is Henry Van Ankum, a cash crop farmer in Alma with 1,200 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat.  Mark Huston from District 2 in Kent will be the 2nd Vice Chair for 2010.  Mark has an 1,100 acre family farm in Thamesville, as well as 1,100 finishing pigs.  The Executive Member on our first GFO elected board will be Kevin Marriott from District 3 in Lambton.  Kevin farms 1,100 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat in Petrolia.

“The new Grain Farmers of Ontario executive and full board are looking forward to a productive year that will include strategic planning and policy development along with the establishment of each one of our committees,” says GFO’s new Chair, Don Kenny.

The 2010 Elected Grain Farmers of Ontario Board of Directors:

District 1 – Essex

Leo Guilbeault

District 2 – Kent

Mark Huston

District 3 – Lambton

Kevin Marriott

District 4 – Middlesex

Joe Thomson

District 5 – Elgin, Norfolk

Jeff Davis

District 6 – Haldimand, Brant, Hamilton, Niagara

Kim Turnbull

District 7 – Waterloo, Oxford

Fred Wagner

District 8 – Huron

Larry Lynn

District 9 – Perth

Mark Brock

District 10 – Grey, Bruce, Wellington

Henry Van Ankum

District 11 – Dufferin, Simcoe, Halton, Peel, York

John Morrison

District 12 – Durham, Northumberland, Kawartha, Peterborough, Hastings

Joe Hickson

District 13 – Prince Edward, Lennox Addington, Frontenac, Lanark, Leeds, Grenville, Renfrew, Ottawa

Don Kenny

District 14 – Prescott, Russell, Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry

Arden Schneckenburger

District 15 – Northern Ontario

Kevin Runnalls

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.

Contact:

Barry Senft, CEO – 1-800-265-0550; bsenft@gfo.ca

Grain Farmers of Ontario: officially Ontario’s new marketing board

Guelph, OntarioOntario’s corn, soybean and wheat farmers will have a strong and unified voice in the province beginning January 1, 2010 with the inauguration of Grain Farmers of Ontario.

An interim board of directors will be appointed by the province to oversee the GFO’s operations until the completion of regional elections in early February.  The elected board of directors for Grain Farmers of Ontario will be in place by early March 2010 and will focus initially on policy development and business planning.

“GFO will ensure our members have a strong voice on provincial and national issues as well as offering programs and services that add value to their businesses,” says Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario.  

GFO will build upon the strength of our farmer members and our heritage organizations to take a leadership role in marketing, market development and advocacy.  The new organization will work with farmers to get the most out of their high quality crops through innovative research and policy development.

For GFO to be successful right out of the gate, it is important for all members to shape and direct the organization by participating in the upcoming January meetings and elections.  There will be an opportunity for dialogue with executive staff and to elect the political leaders of GFO at these meetings to ensure the organization is built from the ground up.  Check the website at www.gfo.ca or the Ontario Grain Farmer magazine for regional meeting dates.

This merger of Ontario’s corn, soybean and wheat organizations will position GFO as the largest provincial commodity board representing 28,000 farmers and five million acres of farmland that generate $2.2 billion in farm gate receipts, over $9 billion in economic output and 40,000 jobs.