COVID-19 Update – Letter to Members

Good afternoon,

As global reaction to the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, we want to ensure our members know the work we are doing on their behalf.

On Friday, Grain Farmers of Ontario worked in collaboration with provincial and federal groups to reach out to both levels of government (links below). It is imperative that we reach out quickly with defined asks and recommendations. For members looking to help, we have some requests below.

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Grain Farmers of Ontario Reacts to Today’s Announcement of Government Loan Programs for Farmers During COVID-19

Immediate Action Needed on Further Asks

GUELPH, ON (March 23, 2020) – Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers sees today’s announcement of loan programs and delayed repayment deadlines for farmers as the first step of many that will needed to support farmers and help keep Canada’s food system functional.

Today, the government announced loans for farmers to help with the issues stemming from COVID-19, including an increase to the lending capacity of Farm Credit Canada and additional time to pay back existing advanced payment loans.

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