Grain Farmers of Ontario launches online Risk Management Program calculator

GUELPH, ON (November 8, 2010) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is launching an online Risk Management Program calculator today at wwww.gfo.ca/rmp to coincide with the release of the 2010 pre-harvest payment information by Agricorp. 

The RMP calculator allows growers to measure how the program will assess their farm’s 2010 production, under a range of price scenarios.  Growers can enter their individual acreage and crop mix into the calculator and change the coverage levels to determine the best possible outcome.

“The goal of RMP has always been predictability and bankability and GFO wants to ensure that aspect of the program is fulfilled in a comprehensive and accessible format,” says Erin Fletcher, Manager, Public Affairs and Communications for GFO.

The calculator will also allow growers to enter an expected post-harvest price to run potential post-harvest scenarios.  The post-harvest prices for corn and soybeans are the daily average for Chatham delivery from October 2010 through to March 2011. The winter wheat post-harvest price is calculated from July to December 2010 using a weighted average daily price from a range of buyers, including GFO (wheat board), terminals, and elevators. 

Grain Farmers of Ontario is optimistic about the future of the Risk Management Program in Ontario.  Participation is a key factor in the evaluation of the program and also may determine future eligibility for growers.  RMP was always intended to be an insurance type program to be invested in for the long term and GFO hopes this will continue to be a consideration for those determining their participation in 2010.

The RMP calculator is available on the GFO website at www.gfo.ca/rmp. Additional information about RMP can be obtained from Agricorp online at www.agricorp.com or by phone at 1-888-247-4999.

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

New role for Crosby Devitt

GUELPH, ON (September 20, 2010) – The Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) is pleased to announce that Crosby Devitt’s role has been expanded to include management of the Market Development pillar to his portfolio that also includes management of Research and Innovation. Devitt’s new title, Manager, Research & Market Development will encompass both the research and, developing new and higher value markets for Ontario grain.

When making the announcement Barry Senft CEO of GFO stated “how happy we are that Crosby has taken on this added responsibility.  The merging of Research and Market Development emphasizes the effort GFO is making to move the research done in the lab into the commercial environment, which is always a challenge”.  

The broad market development strategy at GFO will remain focused in three strategic areas. The first is building long term consumer awareness of product innovations such as new food products, bio-products and fuel that can be made with grain. The second is to take the consumer demand to the next level by establishing infrastructure in Ontario or identifying high value export markets. Finally, GFO will work to enhance these domestic and export opportunities by refining our grains to meet more specialized and higher value market opportunities through new varieties and IP systems to meet the needs of the marketplace.

“I am looking forward the challenge of building on the work that was started by our legacy organizations,” says Devitt. “We have a great group of directors and delegates on the Market Development Committee guiding the market development objectives and a solid industry with innovative product development happening in Ontario to build on.”

Devitt has worked with the organization since 2005 when he was hired to manage research and innovation for the Ontario Wheat Producers’ Marketing Board and subsequently managed the research portfolio of the Ontario Soybean Growers and Ontario Corn Producers’ Association as a means of creating efficiencies in grain research in Ontario. Devitt lives in Guelph with his wife and two young children and regularly drives to his farm in Ripley where he grows corn, soybeans and wheat.

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

The hunt is on for Ontario’s best winter wheat

Grain Farmers of Ontario launches its new Winter Wheat Challenge

WOODSTOCK, ON (September 14, 2010) – As farmers look out in the fields at maturing beans and thoughts are focused on planting winter wheat, Grain Farmers of Ontario is excited to launch its new Winter Wheat Challenge for 2011.

The friendly competition adds some excitement to the upcoming crop year as farmers work at managing their crop for the best yield and quality. The challenge features cash prizes to draw out the best winter wheat grower in the province.

“Ontario farmers have always been excellent winter wheat growers,” says Crosby Devitt, Manager of Market Development and Research at Grain Farmers of Ontario. “With trends towards more precision management of wheat, we expect to see some outstanding results from this challenge.”

The Winter Wheat Challenge will be run similarly to GFO’s Spring Wheat and Soybean challenges. The farmer with the best yielding milling quality wheat will win a $1,500 cash prize. The 1st runner up will receive $750 and the 2nd runner up will win $500. The challenge is made possible by platinum sponsor, Bayer CropScience and Gold sponsors C&M Seeds and Hyland Seeds.

To compete, the field size must be a minimum of 10 acres and the harvested plot must be a minimum of 1.5 acres of the same field. Any certified variety of milling quality winter wheat is eligible. For full rules and to register, visit www.gfo.ca/winterwheatchallenge or visit GFO at the Outdoor Farm Show at the corner of North Mall and Sixth Lane. The deadline to register is April 1, 2011. 

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