A successful first fiscal year for Grain Farmers of Ontario

GUELPH, ON (September 16, 2011) – At the September 8, 2011 Grain Farmers of Ontario Annual General Meeting, farmer members learned of the many ways the organization added value to its members in 2011 and of the surplus position of the organization that has led to a reduction in license fees for the 2012 crop year.

In addition to the positive reports from the organization’s leadership, delegates and members came together to have meaningful discussion on issues and resolutions that will affect farmer-members in the future.

“The financial reports for Grain Farmers of Ontario's first full fiscal year are very positive, ending with an operating surplus of $4 million,” said Grain Farmers of Ontario finance manager Tom Farfaras in his presentation. “This surplus is due to the record yields and quality of the 2010 crop.”

The meeting also featured interesting speakers including David Phillips from Environment Canada who shared his thoughts on overarching weather trends and why weather seems to matter so much to Canadians, especially farmers. Attendees also had an opportunity to hear from John DePutter who spoke on market trends and provided insight into both the current market conditions and future opportunities.

To see the detailed reports from each manager at Grain Farmers of Ontario and for a complete look at our financial statements, see our Annual Report here: http://gfo.ca/Annual-Report

The financials will also appear in the October issue of the Ontario Grain Farmer magazine.

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 plans for success

GUELPH, ON (June 25, 2010) – The Grain Farmers of Ontario strategic plan is complete, pending final Board review, and the accompanying budget has been approved by the Board for fiscal 2011 beginning June 1, 2010.

The strategic plan will challenge directors and staff with a broad vision for the organization that positions Ontario’s grain farmers as leaders not only in our province but beyond our borders.

“Our strategic plan will ultimately deliver tangible results into the bank accounts of our farmer members,” says Barry Senft, GFO’s CEO. 

The strategic plan will require a small increase in license fees to $1.75 per acre, from the originally proposed $1.70 in 2007, but will deliver dividends that will be measured in: 

  • new market opportunities,

  • increased access to information that will add value to members’ businesses,

  • research results that will reduce costs or increase returns and

  • better access to all levels of government, industry and the public on issues that affect your business.

“An example of where we have already started to add value was our new Market Development reception on June 23 in Guelph where we brought stakeholders from the industry and government together to discuss ways we can work together to bring new business opportunities for grain to Ontario,” say Senft.  “There are lots of exciting new products under development and we intend to have that infrastructure built close to our grain producing regions.”

This work cannot be done without the continued support and input from our members.  The GFO Strategic Plan will be available for comment later in the summer and all stakeholders are encouraged to contact the office or a local director or delegate with ideas and comments for ways we can work together to deliver results to Ontario’s grain farmers.  .

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