Corn, wheat, and soy: not just for dinner!

Explore the uses of these renewable resources at the Grains in Your Life exhibit!

TORONTO, ON (November 4, 2010) – Corn, wheat and soy not only have a place at your dinner table, these amazing crops can be found within everyday products like household insulation, carpet and kitchen countertops. Grain Farmers of Ontario invites you to visit the Grains in Your Life exhibit, an innovative presentation at this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and the International Plowing Match, to learn more. The exhibit offers an opportunity for visitors to explore how these environmentally-friendly, sustainable grain products are used at home, at work, and on the road.

Grain Farmers of Ontario has partnered with Pioneer Hi-Bred and Greenfield Ethanol to create this unique exhibit featuring grain-based structural and design components within four unique vignettes. The exhibit’s living room, office, kitchen and garage vignettes will contain, everything from No-VOC paints and varnishes, adhesives, household insulation, kitchen cabinets, countertop, carpet, subfloors, sofas, wallpaper and fabrics that feature corn, wheat and soy components.

Grains like corn and soy are processed into bio-fuels and used as a sustainable replacement to petroleum products in a myriad of commercial applications. As Ontario is one of Canada’s top producers of corn, wheat and soybeans, these products are an innovative, grown-in-Ontario and renewable source of food, bio-products and fuel.  “From the farm right through the value chain, these grains support Ontario’s emerging bio-economy,” says Erin Fletcher, Manager, Public Affairs and Communications, Grain Farmers of Ontario.

The use of corn, wheat and soy as a rapidly renewable alternative to chemicals also helps drive the development of cleaner, greener, eco-friendly products. “What’s astounding is that many consumers aren’t aware of the harmful VOC’s emitted by everyday household goods. Grains in Your Life is about starting that conversation and providing accessible alternatives,” continues Fletcher.

The Grains in Your Life will be showcased at this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and the International Plowing Match. The International Plowing Match is held in St. Thomas between September 21 and 25, and is a premier international event held annually in Ontario to promote the agricultural and rural lifestyles. The Royal Winter Fair is hosted in Toronto between November 6 and 15, and typically attracts more than 326,000 urban and rural visitors. Grain in your Life has been made possible by incredible partnerships with leading-edge Canadian companies using corn, wheat and soy within their environmentally-friendly products:  AllSteel, Wolf-Gordon, Polar Spray, CallRich Eco-Services, Umbrella Cabinetry, Columbia Forest Products, Green Living Flooring, Sherwin Williams, Durra, Herman Miller, Future Fine Furniture, Latitude Countertops, RW Doors and Mohawk Flooring. The interior design was provided by Bennett Design.

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.

Dale Petrie, Vice President of Strategic Development, leaves Grain Farmers of Ontario

GUELPH, ON (March 22, 2010) – Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) announced today that Dale Petrie has decided to step down from his position as Vice President of Strategic Development, effective March 26, 2010.

Dale has been instrumental in working through the transition from the three boards to GFO and focusing the organization on adding value to producers. “Dale has been a great asset during the merging of our three boards,” says Barry Senft, CEO at GFO. “His contributions and commitment to the process were greatly appreciated.”

Dale came to GFO from the Ontario Soybean Growers where he joined the organization as General Manager in September 2007. Dale recently assumed the role of Vice President of Strategic Development at GFO – an area of the organization that includes market development, research and innovation, and public affairs and communication.

These ongoing tasks will be managed by GFO staff. A replacement has not been named but the process to fill the position will commence immediately.

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

Newly formed Grain Farmers of Ontario focused on the future at inaugural March conference

GUELPH, ON (March 15, 2010) – Grain Farmers from across Ontario gathered in London Ontario on March 8th and 9th for the inaugural conference of the Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO).  Farmers met to discuss mutual issues of importance, debate policy resolutions and hear from keynote speakers on topics related to the future of farming.

For the immediate future, the direction from delegates through 4 separate resolutions, is to pursue a permanent, fully funded Risk Management Program in Ontario supported by both levels of government.  The Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Carol Mitchell, spoke at the banquet Monday night supporting our endeavors by recognizing the current suite of business risk management are not meeting the needs of producers and that she is carrying that message to her colleagues at the provincial Cabinet table and has carried it to the federal Minister of Agriculture on behalf of Ontario farmers.

The urgency for stability in the agricultural sector through programs like the RMP was underscored when keynote speakers Diane Francis, Editor-at-Large for the National Post and Jay Ingram, Host of Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet, forecasted uncertainty ahead both for the world economy and the environment.  Cal Whewell, financial expert for FC Stone also has concerns about the future including commodity prices and the Canadian dollar.  When asked about the Canadian dollar Cal advised, “if you’re in the camp of $85 plus or $100 crude oil then you probably better prepare yourself for a par Canadian dollar”.

Despite the broad challenges identified for the year ahead, Grain Farmers of Ontario is excited about the opportunities for farmers especially in the areas of research and market development.  Barry Senft outlined some of GFO’s plans for 2010 including an investment of over $3.6 million in grain research through industry, government and farm partnerships and recent collaborations with industry to expand the domestic market opportunities for ethanol, wheat and soy-based bio-products.

Don Kenny, Chair of GFO, is positive about his first conference experience as Chair saying, “the real value of the conference was the guidance we received from our delegates and the conversations we will continue to have with our members as a result of the learning from today.”

All of the information from the conference including speaker presentations and resolutions are available on our website at www.gfo.ca and click on March Conference under Events.  

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