New partnership brings $5.7 million to research

THAMESVILLE, ON (September 13, 2010) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is excited about a new partnership that will provide $5.7 million for research in breeding and genetics in Eastern Canada.

The partnership is made possible through the Developing Innovative Agri-Products (DIAP) initiative from the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Growing Forward framework. The funding will be used to support 18 public breeding and genetics programs throughout Eastern Canada – from Manitoba to Prince Edward Island.

Covering six field crops – winter wheat, corn, soybeans, spring wheat, oats and barley – these projects will be managed by the newly formed Canadian Field Crops Research Alliance (CFCFRA). The alliance is a collaboration of seven organizations including Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO), SeCan, Fédération des producteurs de cultures du Québec, Manitoba Corn Growers Association, Manitoba Pulse Growers Association, PepsiCo Canada and the Atlantic Grains Council.

“We’re very excited about the possibilities that this new funding presents for breeding,” says Crosby Devitt, Manager of Market Development and Research at GFO and chair of the new alliance. “The projects will focus on advancing production efficiencies and insect and disease resistance as well as targeting new markets in the food, industrial and feed markets, both domestically and internationally,” continues Devitt.

DIAP is part of the larger Growing Canadian Agri-Innovations Program, a federally funded, $158 million five-year program that promotes industry-led innovation initiatives.

Of the $5.7 million, AAFC is contributing $4 million and the partners of the alliance are contributing the remaining $1.7 million. GFO is directly contributing $628,000.

“GFO has been working hard on this initiative over the past year and a half,” says Henry Van Ankum, Vice Chair of GFO. “As developing new varieties is integral to maintain a strong grain industry, we are very excited to see it come to fruition.”

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

Pita-bagel in stores now!

Handi Foods Ltd releases new product using Ontario wheat

GUELPH, ON (July 26, 2010) – Handi Foods Ltd has released the new pita-bagel made with Ontario wheat!

Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) supported the development of this new product through the Wheat Innovation Support Fund. Discussions began in 2008 and the maximum grant amount of $25,000 was provided to assist with testing and development costs.

“We are excited to see this project come to fruition and are happy to see consumers enjoying more Ontario wheat products,” says Barry Senft, CEO of GFO.

The pita-bagel, sold under the Gourmet Pita brand name, is currently available in Longo’s, Sobeys Atlantic, and Metro/Food Basics Ontario and Quebec grocery stores.

“Our goal was to develop a bagel with a lighter texture than conventional bagels,” says Jerry Chizick, Vice President of Handi Foods Ltd. “The pita-bagel has a moist and light core with a crispy crust and is made with a blended flour (50% Ontario, 50% West).”

Part of GFO’s mandate is to develop new, and expand existing, markets for Ontario grains. The organization continues to work with industry partners to support various market development projects.

For more information about GFO’s current Market Development programs visit www.gfo.ca/AnnouncementPages/MarketDev_Announcements.

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 landed basis (initial payment) price chart for the 2010 crop year

Grain Farmers of Ontario announces the initial payments for the 2010 pool program:

 

Initial Payment Less License Fee Net Landed Basis Price
Pool A (SWW)  $93.00 $1.00 $92.00 
Pool B (HRW grown from certified seed) $97.00 $1.00 $96.00
Pool C (HRS grown from certified seed) $95.00 $1.00 $94.00
Pool E (SRW) $88.00 $1.00 $87.00
Pool F (HR) $88.00 $1.00 $87.00
Pool G (Feed) $69.00 $1.00 $68.00

 

Note:

  • Landed Basis Levels are subject to change
  • Classes HRW & HRS (Pools B & C) – plus protein payment
  • Discounts will apply for lower grades
  • Prices in metric tonne

Please refer to the variety list on our website (http://www.gfo.ca/Marketing/WheatMarketing/InitialPayments) for the varieties accepted for Pool C (HRS). All varieties not accepted in Pool C (HRS) will be considered Pool F (HR). Please remember that Grain Farmers of Ontario requires a Form 7 producer declaration for all Pool B (HRW) and Pool C (HRS) 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