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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 January 17, 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Grain Farmers of Ontario farmer-members are invited to attend two full-day marketing seminars on grain marketing: Intro to Futures & Options, as well as the more advanced Options & Technical Analysis.

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Commodity Period Price Weekly Movement
Corn CBOT March 3.53  04 cents
Soybeans CBOT March 9.69  15 cents
Wheat CBOT March 4.21  13 cents
Wheat Minn. March 6.12  22 cents
Wheat Kansas March 4.27  13 cents
Chicago Oats March 2.54  09 cents
Canadian $ March 0.8060  0.80 points

Cash Grain prices as of the close, January 17, are as follows: SWW @ $176.58/MT ($4.81/bu), HRW @ $181.14/MT ($4.93/bu), HRS @ $231.22/MT ($6.29/bu), SRW @ $176.58/MT ($4.81/bu).

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Market Trends Report for January-February 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

US and World

Winter weather blows across North American farm country as another year has gone and we greet 2018. The 2017 growing season was very uneven across North America, but memories of that are fading. Grain prices have suffered under the specter of big crop numbers that have been projected by both the USDA and private analysts throughout 2017. The January USDA report is always the final report on the crop year that past. On January 12th the USDA released a plethora of crop numbers, which will define the grain marketplace for the coming year.

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On January 12th, the USDA increased 2017 US corn production to 14.6 billion bushels, on a harvested acreage of 82.7 million acres. The average yield was increased to 176.6 bushels per acre, which was 2 bushels above the 2016/17 crop. 2017/18 corn ending stocks were raised to 2.48 billion bushels. Total corn usage was actually reduced to 14.470 billion bushels, down from 14.485 last month. US exports are down and US ethanol corn usage was down from December. Corn stored on December 1 was 12.516 billion bushels, which was above trade expectations.

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