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.

Grain Farmers of Ontario participates in EU trade mission

GUELPH, ON (January 28, 2011) – Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Grain Farmers of Ontario chair, Don Kenny recently returned from a two day trade mission in Brussels, Belgium to advocate for a GM tolerance level for future shipments.

The European Union (EU), Canada’s largest export market for soybeans, currently has no tolerance for even minuscule traces of unapproved GM (genetically modified) material in imported grain shipments.   Meetings were held with EU Commissioners, Members of Parliament and key industry representatives to emphasize the importance of supporting science-based trade regulations.

“Canada exported almost a million tonnes of soybeans to the EU in 2009 and the zero tolerance rules are a big threat to future exports,” says Kenny. “Allowing a low-level presence of unapproved GM in future grain shipments would be a great benefit to our soybean farmers.”

2010 was a phenomenal year for soybean production in Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba as a record 4.2 million tonnes were produced. Of this production, approximately 2.7 million tonnes will be exported.

“Grain Farmers of Ontario is committed to protecting and expanding our soybean export markets and this trip was an excellent opportunity to discuss this important issue with EU officials,” says Kenny.

Grain Farmers of Ontario was proud to represent our country on this trade mission to the EU and would like to thank Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz for advocating for a low-level tolerance of unapproved GM material in future grain shipments from Canada.

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 recognizes exceptional spring wheat growers

ORANGEVILLE, ON (January 26, 2011)  – Winners of Grain Farmers of Ontario’s inaugural Spring Wheat Challenge were recognized today at a District meeting in Orangeville. The top three winners of the Western Ontario join their winning counterparts in Eastern Ontario who were awarded their prizes last week.

“We’re very pleased to highlight the accomplishments of these growers,” says Jaye Atkins, Vice President of Strategic Development at GFO. “It’s clear that all competitors are excellent spring wheat growers. The average yield among everyone in the competition was 71.9 bushels per acre.”

The challenge was split into two geographic zones to best reflect the entrants. Winners in both the east and the west received a cash prize of $1,500 for first place. Second place winners took home $750 and third place winners were awarded $500.

The challenge was made possible by a generous and exclusive sponsorship from Bayer CropScience.

The 2010 GFO Spring Wheat Challenge Western Winners are:

1st Place                                Morley Trask, Alma, Sable, 83.72 bu/ac

2nd Place               Bill Nater, Mitchell, Sable, 82.79 bu/ac

3rd Place               Cor Van Gaalen, Clinton, 74.26 bu/ac

Eastern Ontario winners were announced on January 19. Check out the February issue of the Ontario Grain Farmer magazine for information about the winners’ management practices from both Eastern and Western Ontario. For a list of winners from Eastern Ontario, visit www.gfo.ca.

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.