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Increased funding for non-BRM positive for Ontario's Gran Farmers

GUELPH, ON (September 20, 2012) – The 50 percent increase to non-business risk management program funding announced by Minister of Agriculture, Gerry Ritz, is good news for Ontario’s grain farmers.  Grain Farmers of Ontario has some key opportunities for the next policy framework and the increase to funding will be required to meet our goals.

With innovation, competitiveness and market development as the overarching themes in Growing Forward 2, there are a number of opportunities in Ontario to address them.  These include investments in Ontario grain farming through science programs like the Farm Innovation Program (FIP), the Developing Innovative Agri Products (DIAP) program and the Science Clusters and market development programs like the Environmental Farm Plan and the Agri-Tech Commercialization Centre.

“Our board has set the bar high – to drive the Ontario grain industry to become a global leader,” says chair, Henry Van Ankum.  “Our members are well positioned for success but we can only achieve our goals through collaboration with government and industry.”

There are three federal programs that will be extremely important to the competitiveness of Grain Farmers of Ontario members in Growing Forward 2 – the FIP, the DIAP program and the Science Clusters.

Grain Farmers of Ontario is also supportive of the work the federal and provincial governments have been doing to encourage market growth domestically and internationally through examples like biofuels mandates and free trade negotiations with strategic countries around the world.

“As the details of the non-BRM programs in Growing Forward 2 are worked through in the next couple of months, this is a critical time for GFO to be working with government to communicate our farmers’ needs,” says Barry Senft, CEO.  “Our priority is greater access to programs for Ontario’s grain farmers in order to attain the research and market development priorities that have been set by our members.”

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.

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Barry Senft, CEO - 1-800-265-0550; bsenft@gfo.ca

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Thursday, February 08, 2018

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Commodity Period Price Weekly Movement
Corn CBOT March 3.61 ↑ 05 cents
Soybeans CBOT March 9.96 ↑ 04 cents
Wheat CBOT March 4.51 ↑ 18 cents
Wheat Minn. March 6.07 ↑ 01 cents
Wheat Kansas March 4.67 ↑ 35 cents
Chicago Oats March 2.65 ↓ 10 cents
Canadian $ March 0.8130 ↑ 0.23 points

Notice: The commentary for all commodities was written at 10 a.m. on February 8 before the release of the February United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) report.

Cash Grain prices as of the close, February 7, are as follows: SWW @ $210.13 ($5.72/bu), HRW @ $207.82/MT ($5.66/bu), HRS @ $233.89/MT ($6.37/bu), SRW @ $205.52/MT ($5.59/bu).

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Monday, February 12, 2018

The winter season in North America is often one of hopes and dreams. With the January 2018 USDA report a month old the scope of the 2017 crop is now becoming a memory. Farmers have turned the page and will soon be planting corn in places like Texas. However, in the southern hemisphere corn and soybean crops are growing in the field and affecting prices every day. While the northern hemisphere freezes under the snow, weather in Argentina and Brazil has been defining the initial grain fundamentals for 2018.

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On February 8th, the USDA released its latest World Supply and Demand Estimates. (WASDE) The USDA lowered US corn ending stocks to 2.352 billion bushels down 125 million bushels from last month. This was totally related to an increase in US corn exports by the same amount. This was attributed to a weakened US dollar and reduction in both Argentinian and Ukrainian corn exports. Hot weather in Argentina had USDA lowering their corn production 2.8 MMT to 39 MMT. USDA maintained Brazil corn production of 95 MMT.

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