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March Classic Registration Open and Early Bird Draw

Register for the 2017 March Classic

GUELPH, ON (January 5, 2017) – Registration is now open for the March Classic, Grain Farmers of Ontario's annual conference for farmers and industry, being held Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Attendees who register during the month of January will be entered in to an early bird draw.

"The theme of the 2017 March Classic is Leading Through Change, designed to inspire leadership through challenging times, as well as times of opportunity," says Barry Senft, CEO, Grain Farmers of Ontario. "We are proud to present this year's speaker line-up, thanks to the support of our sponsors and exhibitors."

Conference speakers include General Rick Hillier, David Frum, Jolene Brown, and Terry O’Reilly, with evening entertainment provided by comedian Jonny Harris. Topics will range from international policies and political shifts, to farm business succession planning, and the art of persuasion.

The March Classic is the largest grain-focused conference in Eastern Canada drawing upwards of 700 attendees from farms across Ontario, government, and industry and presenting over 60 agricultural exhibits in the tradeshow hall. The 2017 conference will be held at the London Convention Centre, London, Ontario.

Attendees are encouraged to pre-register by Tuesday, January 31 to be entered in an early bird draw for a Good in Every Grain soft shell jacket. Pre-registered attendees are also invited to skip the lines and pick-up their conference packages on the 2nd floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton during the evening reception, sponsored by SGS Canada, on Monday, March 20, 7:00-9:00pm. For more information and to register, visit: www.gfo.ca/MarchClassic.

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.

Contact:

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

Meghan Burke, Communications – 519 767-2773; mburke@gfo.ca

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