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Grain farmers look to federal leaders for a commitment on business risk management

GUELPH, ON (September 21, 2015) – As the federal election candidates turn their attention to agriculture policy, Grain Farmers of Ontario looks forward to commitments on business risk management programs for farmers.

Ontario grain and oilseed farmers require access to risk management programs that are timely, predictable, bankable, and straightforward, including a permanent suite of fully-funded federal Business Risk Management (BRM) programs.

“Grain farming is a high risk business and farmers face many challenges every year like volatile prices and weather patterns,” says Mark Brock, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “We also have to compete in a global marketplace that is influenced by government supports in other countries, requiring us to be innovative in order to remain competitive.”

BRM is a key to innovation and competition in a global environment, allowing grain farmers to adopt innovative practices in order to remain competitive while providing stability so that farmers have the confidence to invest in their operations.

“Right now, we have AgriStability as one of the federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 suite of BRM programs – but it’s not working for Ontario’s grain farmers,” says Brock.

Grain Farmers of Ontario is seeking a commitment from the federal leaders to review the AgriStability program for grain and oilseed producers with a view to replacing it with a more predictable and transparent program that works to provide income stabilization for grain and oilseed farmers. 

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, 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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Mark Brock, Chair - 519-274-3297; cropper01@hotmail.com

Deb Conlon, Manager, Government Relations - 416-805-4490; dconlon@gfo.ca

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Grain Market Commentary for October 18, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Commodity Period Price Weekly Movement
Corn CBOT December 3.48  01 cents
Soybeans CBOT November 9.84  08 cents
Wheat CBOT December 4.30  01 cents
Wheat Minn. December 6.10  02 cents
Wheat Kansas December 4.28  02 cents
Chicago Oats December 2.68  06 cents
Canadian $ December 0.8025  0.10 points

Harvest 2017 prices as of the close, October 18 are as follows: SWW @ $183.15/MT ($4.98/bu), HRW @ $192.30/MT ($5.23/bu), HRS @ $238.09/MT ($6.48/bu), SRW @ $187.72/MT ($5.11/bu).

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Monday, October 16, 2017

It is that time of year again when combines are rolling. However, uneven weather in parts of the American corn belt and Ontario has delayed harvest. There is nothing particularly unusual about this as we have it every year. US crops are huge coming off the fields and the market will certainly be making further adjustments. The final determinant on yield will come in the January USDA report. However, the October USDA report released October 12th helped to re-focus the trajectory of grain prices as we head into the end of the 2017.

In the October 12th report USDA increased US national corn yield to 171.8 bushels per acre, an increase of 1.9 bushels per acre over their September estimate. This put 2017/2018-corn production at 14.28 billion bushels on the high-end of pre-report estimates. The USDA also pegged corn-ending stocks at 2.34 billion bushels, which was up 5 million bushels from their September estimate. This number was a bit of a surprise especially with which dry weather throughout the American Midwest the summer.

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