Grain Farmers of Ontario pleased with permanent risk management program

GUELPH, ON (June 29, 2011) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is pleased with the details that were finalized earlier this month regarding the permanent Risk Management Program and announced for Ontario’s 28,000 grain farmers by Minister Carol Mitchell today. 

The program was designed by farmers for farmers to insure their businesses against risk factors out of their control like commodity price volatility, currency fluctuations and unexpected input cost increases.

“We have been looking forward to the day our program was made permanent since our pilot Risk Management Program began in 2007,” says Don Kenny, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario.  “We are thankful to our Minister of Agriculture, Carol Mitchell for her hard work and dedication to Ontario’s farmers.”

Program applications for grain farmers will be available in August and the program will continue to be delivered through Agricorp.  All grain farmers are eligible for the Risk Management Program and premiums have been waived for the 2011 crop year.

Grain Farmers of Ontario would like to thank Premier McGuinty and our Ontario MPPs who recognize the value of a strong agricultural sector in this province.  

“We appreciate and look forward to having this permanent Risk Management Program for Ontario’s farmers,” says Kenny.

Details about the program are available at www.ontario.ca/rmp, by calling 1-877-424-1300, or by sending an email to rmpinfo@ontario.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.

McGuinty makes RMP permanent

GUELPH, ON (March 29, 2011) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is enthusiastic and pleased with the commitment the McGuinty government has made to Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers with the inclusion of a permanent risk management program (RMP) in the budget.

RMP is a cost-shared, insurance program that provides stability to farmers when grain markets are volatile. 

“The RMP model has been piloted for four years and has shown great value for grain farmers,” says Don Kenny, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “We appreciate the efforts and support of Premier Dalton McGuinty and Agriculture Minister Carol Mitchell in protecting the viability of our 28,000 members’ farms.”

The decision to make RMP permanent demonstrates the government’s long-term dedication to Ontario’s food supply and rural communities.

“Ontario’s grain farmers should celebrate today’s news,” continues Kenny. “The leadership shown today by the McGuinty government sets a new standard in the province and ensures the sustainability of our family farms.”

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.

Further disappointment surrounding Bill C-474

Grain Farmers of Ontario struggles with bill passing second reading

GUELPH, ON (April 15, 2010) – Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) is greatly disappointed with the result of the second reading of bill C-474 last night. The bill passed last evening with 153 voting in favour and 134 opposed. The bill now goes to the Agriculture Standing Committee for review.

Bill C-474 calls for an amendment to the Seeds Regulations to require that an analysis of potential harm to export markets be conducted before the sale of any new genetically engineered seed is permitted. The effect of this bill will be to introduce non science-based criteria to Canada’s evaluation and approval process for biotech seeds. A move in this direction would represent a serious and dangerous departure from a science based regulatory approach – an approach that has served farmers well in defending Canada’s ability to export agricultural production to other countries.

“A move to depart from a science-based regulatory approach would be an open invitation for other countries to impose non-science based trade barriers on Canada’s grain exports” said Barry Senft, CEO of GFO.

Bill C-474 would eliminate advantages now enjoyed by Ontario farmers and consumers by introducing unpredictable factors into the regulatory process. The bill could indefinitely delay all future approvals on the basis that there may be one country somewhere that would not accept genetically modified crops.

A coalition of farm groups, including GFO, opposed to bill C-474 will take the time prior to their testimony at the Agriculture Standing Committee to build a strong case against the bill and to ensure farmers from across Canada are represented on the issue.

Farmers are encouraged to contact GFO for more information and arrange a meeting with their local MP to discuss the impact this issue will have on Ontario 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