Barley and oat farmers in Ontario have voted in favour of being represented by Grain Farmers of Ontario. “We are pleased to announce that barley and oat production in Ontario is anticipated to be represented by Grain Farmers of Ontario by July 1, 2015,” says Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario. The Ontario… Read More

Grain Farmers of Ontario met December 18, 2014, with government representatives to ask the provincial government to abandon the proposed seed treatment regulations and, instead, “support an approach that will work for the complexities of both grain farming and bee keeping.” “Family farmers need your commitment to agriculture now,” says GFO of the provincial government,… Read More

The Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) have publicly asked its members not to attend next week’s government-hosted public consultation meetings. The meetings are slated for Tuesday in London, Ont., and Thursday in Toronto, to discuss the impending increased regulations required for access to neonicotinoid seed treatments. Barry Senft, CEO of GFO, says his organization feels there’s… Read More

The Grain Farmers of Ontario has announced it will not participate in the Ontario government’s public consultation meetings being held in London, Toronto, and Kingston, beginning next week. The meetings are part of what the Ontario government is calling the consultation process on what final regulations regarding access to and use of neonicotinoid seed treatments will… Read More

The Ministries of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Environment and Climate Change announced today plans aimed at reducing by 80% the number of acres planted to corn and soybeans using neonicotinoid-treated seed by 2017, a level of reduction that equates to a de-facto ban, according to farm groups. The province says it will consult… Read More

A new group made up of several Ontario commodity groups marked the launch of Farm Action Now with an inaugural meeting held earlier this week. The “task force” of farm organizations, representing a broad-section of Ontario’s agriculture sector, has been formed, organizers say, to evaluate the fate of Ontario agriculture in the face of looming… Read More

If you have any Farmers Feed Cities memorabilia hanging around, treat it with respect. As of Monday, it became collectible. Just as the first ever Local Food Week was getting underway in Ontario, Farmers Feed Cities, one of the most successful agriculture awareness programs in recent memory, wound down. The Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO),… Read More

The need to help farmers manage the increasing risks associated with farming is a key election issue for the Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO). In this Ontario Election 2014 podcast, RealAgriculture.com’s Bernard Tobin speaks with Henry Van Ankum, chair of the Grain Farmers of Ontario, about the organization’s ‘Recommendations for Smart Growth’ election platform it… Read More

Former Agriculture and Agri-Food bean breeder Dr. Ali Navabi has been named as the new professor in wheat breeding at the University of Guelph. Dr. Navabi has been acting as a bean breeder in the AAFC/University of Guelph Bean Breeding Program since 2008. “We are proud to see this initiative come to fruition through the… Read More

The Canadian Soybean Council is set to receive over $100,000 in funding through the federal government’s Growing Forward 2 Agri-Marketing program. The funds are earmarked for specific, outgoing marketing programs aimed at building and expanding Canadian soybean exports to the European Union, Korea and Japan, according to a press release circulated by the Grain Farmers… Read More

Farming has become a year-round state of mind. Seasonality is not as much of a management consideration as it once was, especially for crop producers. Planting season and harvest season still exist, but due to increased demands – including the need to constantly be working on public image — the farming season has become a… Read More

Grain Farmers of Ontario, in collaboration with the Ontario Agri Business Association and soybean processors, has announced changes being made to the way soybean drying charges will be calculated under the Agreement for Marketing the Ontario Soybean Crop made under the Farm Products Marketing Act (O. Reg 485/09). According to the new terms, effective September 1,… Read More

 

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