Organic Council of Ontario asking farmers for input

GUELPH, ON (December 21, 2016) – The Organic Council of Ontario has received funding to conduct a sector-wide assessment of barriers to growing the Ontario organic sector. As part of this assessment, they are reaching out to producers across the province to gather insight on their opinions and attitudes towards 'organic'.

This survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Upon completion, your name will be entered into a raffle draw to win a prize.

Ontario boasts over $1 billion in sales of organic foods and yet only 2% of all agriculture in the province is organic. Why is the organic sector in Ontario growing so slowly in relation to demand? How can government and the industry help Ontario businesses capture this growth opportunity?

Help guide the future of organics in Ontario. Take OCO's survey by January 28th for a chance to win.

Non-organic producers can take the survey here.

There is a separate survey for non-organic processors and handlers, which can be found here.

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Grain Market Commentary for March 7, 2018

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Commodity Period Price Weekly Movement
Corn CBOT May 3.87 ↑ 13 cents
Soybeans CBOT May 10.65 ↑ 10 cents
Wheat CBOT May 4.97  02 cents
Wheat Minn. May 6.20 02 cents
Wheat Kansas May 5.34  12 cents
Chicago Oats May 2.64  06 cents
Canadian $ March 0.7731 ↓ 0.65 points

Cash Grain prices as of the close, March 7, are as follows: SWW @ $238.66 ($6.50/bu), HRW @ $233.91/MT ($6.37/bu), HRS @ $248.62/MT ($6.77/bu), SRW @ $231.54/MT ($6.30/bu).

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Market Trends Report for March-April 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018

March is often a time in the grain markets where we can see movement in the production area of South America, which can be impacted by weather events. The big US crop has long been put away and is slowly moving out to end-users across the greater hinterland. Problems in Argentina with severe drought conditions have dominated the landscape over the last 30 days as prices have gone up to become much more volatile based on this weather market. Increasingly so, farmers need to watch the weather maps of South America to get clues of production conditions in the southern hemisphere.

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The USDA is starting in on their projection season. On February 22nd during their Outlook forum predictions for 2018 corn and soybean acres came in equally at 90 million acres. So let the games begin. An even bigger USDA report will come March 29th when the USDA releases its prospective plantings report. Markets will be focused on that day to see if there are any surprises.

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