The Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) recently surprised many in the industry with its immediate withdrawal from the Grain Growers of Canada. While the exit itself bears dissecting, the underlying — and growing — discontent with the federal agriculture department requires just as much discussion. Markus Haerle is the chair of GFO and a grain… Read More

Eight days later, the CN Rail strike is over. RealAg Radio host, Shaun Haney takes a little credit for the agreement reached between the two parties as he planned today’s show all-around diving in deeper to how the CN strike is impacting producers across Canada. Tuesday’s show still surrounds the strike, but more so on what… Read More

Grain Farmers of Ontario want the federal government to be more proactive in bringing the CN Rail and teamsters union dispute to an end before it impacts agriculture. It would seem that’s already happening, however, as at least one farmer in the eastern region of Ontario has already reported that they’ve been told that propane… Read More

When the corn, soybean, and wheat growers of Ontario chose to join forces over a decade ago, they named a Westerner, Barry Senft, as their CEO. Since then, Senft has led the newly-formed Grain Farmers of Ontario through collaboration, the addition of two other commodity groups, restrictive regulations, and a big push for public outreach…. Read More

Having served as CEO for Grain Farmers of Ontario for more than 10 years, Barry Senft has announced it’s time to step down from the role. Senft will end his time as CEO in April of 2020. Senft took leadership of Grain Farmers of Ontario in 2009 just before the organization launched as an amalgamation… Read More

As trade talks among several countries continue to rock the markets, the Ontario government is stepping up to help those that export food and agri-products to pursue new markets. The provincial government will begin accepting applications for its Market Access Initiative, a new cost-share funding initiative that’s open to all Ontario food and agri-product exporters…. Read More

Non-supply managed agriculture sectors are raising concerns over the recent federal announcement of compensation for the dairy sector. Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Marie-Claude Bibeau announced last week that Canada’s 11,000 dairy producers will receive $1.75 billion over eight years, with $345 million being paid the first year as direct payments to dairy producers… Read More

Grain Farmers of Ontario is asking federal political parties to consider both domestic and international market challenges ahead of the expected fall election. Grain Farmers of Ontario represents 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat farmers. Grain farming in Ontario accounts for approximately 40,000 jobs in the province and contributes at least $9 billion in… Read More

The Grain Farmers of Ontario are creating a tool to forecast the risk of high concentrations of deoxynivalenol (DON) in corn crops. The project is being funded by the governments of Canada and Ontario through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The tool will be designed to help farmers make early, informed decisions about corn crop risks… Read More

 

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