Grains Innovation Fund accepting applications

Press release

GUELPH, ON (September 21, 2017) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is now accepting applications for the Grains Innovation Fund to support new and expanded markets for Ontario barley, corn, oats, soybeans, and wheat.

“Since the organizations’ inception, Grain Farmers of Ontario has dedicated resources to supporting novel, new, and increased utilization of our crops,” says Mackellar. “The Grains Innovation Fund was officially launched in 2010 and we have supported over 35 projects to date and provided over $900,000 in funding.”

Projects that satisfy the eligibility criteria for the Grains Innovation Fund can receive up to 60% of the cost of the project, up to a maximum of $50,000. Eligible projects must open new markets for Ontario grains, expand the use and demand for Ontario grains, promote Ontario grains as the best choice, identity preserve varieties for novel uses, and/or increase the value (premiums) or Ontario grains.

“The Market Development Committee, comprised of Grain Farmers of Ontario directors and farmer-members, considers and reviews all applications,” says Mackellar. “We look forward to seeing what new initiatives and growth opportunities we can support in the coming year.”

Applications for the Grains Innovation Fund must be submitted by November 6, 2017. Information about the fund and the application process is available at or by contacting Justin Shepherd, Market Development Coordinator at or 1-800-265-0550.

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.


Nicole Mackellar, Manager, Market Development – 519 767-4124;

Meghan Burke, Communications – 519 767-2773;

Stay in touch

Attend the March Classic

March Classic logo

Leadership for Tomorrow: March 20, 2018, at the London Convention Centre.

#GrainTalk: Targeting Pest Management

On April 4, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m, join our free #GrainTalk webinar to hear industry experts discuss early season field topics.

Register here

Subscribe to the Bottom Line

Subscribe to The Bottom Line, the weekly newsletter that helps our members stay on top of all the news that affects their bottom line.


Inside Grain Farmers of Ontario

New episodes every week.

Episode 74: Ottawa Valley Farm Show

Weekly Commentary

Get Aggregated RSS

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).

Read more

Market Trends

Get Aggregated RSS

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.

Listen to the podcast

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.

Read more

mobile apps