The 2015 March Classic was a great success, with over 700 in attendance and a packed trade show. Thanks to everyone who visited us--see you next year!

March Classic 2015 - highlights.

MARCH 24, 2015
The March Classic is the largest grain-focused conference in Eastern Canada drawing upwards of 650 attendees from farms across Ontario, government, and industry – with record attendance of 850 at the 2014 conference. The 2015 event will continue to build on the success of past conferences. Centred around the theme of ‘Ontario Grains: Growing Stronger Together’, our guest speakers will provide attendees with a fresh perspective on promoting grains with consumers, the role of science within agriculture, and the influence of public perception and politics on agriculture. See the News Release here. •

2015 Featured Speakers

Featured Speakers:
  • The Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, P.C., C.C.;
  • John Stackhouse, former editor of the Globe and Mail, From Grains to Brains: how the digital revolution can make agriculture more relevant than ever to public policy;
  • Dr. Julie Miller Jones, Grains and Health;
  • Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Agriculture Myths and Facts;
  • Evening entertainment: Greg Peterson (of Peterson Farm Bros.), Advocating Agriculture Through Social Media.
Special thanks to our 2015 Sponsors and Exhibitors
Platinum Sponsors
Greenfield Specialty Alcohols Inc.

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Bayer CropScience
IGPC Ethanol Inc.  Pride Seeds


Bronze Sponsors

DuPont  Engage Agro

A cap of $100 million of government funding has been applied to the Risk Management Program (RMP). To ensure this funding cap is not exceeded, payments will be prorated if estimated funds and industry need exceed $100 million.

Coverage Level
Your selected coverage level (of either 90% or 100%) represents a proportion of the 40% provincial contribution to RMP.

Support Price

Support levels are based on the target price for a crop, multiplied by your chosen coverage level (90 or 100 %) for that crop. When the market price falls below your support level for a crop, you receive a payment.

Your premium rates are based on:
  • Target prices (industry's average cost of producing a crop) and support levels
  • The level of coverage you choose: 90 or 100%

Your annual premium is calculated using this formula:
premium rate x average farm yield (AFY) x 2014 acreage

Payments for RMP: Grains and Oilseeds are based on the difference between the support levels and average market prices. Grain and oilseed crops have two different support levels, depending on which coverage level you choose: 90 or 100%.

Payments are made if a crop's market prices fall below the annual support level. The support level is based on the industry average cost of producing a crop (target price), which is calculated annually by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF).

Payments are based on:
  • The difference between market prices and support levels at the 40% provincial share
  • Available funding for the Risk Management Program
This rate is then multiplied by your acres and 50% of your AFY:
Payment = acres x (AFY x 50%) x payment rate
The Payment schedule below shows the payments and adjustments you may be eligible to receive.

Proration Factor
Given the newly imposed $100 million cap on the Risk Management Program, payments may be subject to a proportional limitation of distribution. The proration factor is determined by dividing the amount of program funding available by the amount of production for which funding is needed.

You may select different proration factors to see how your projected RMP payments may vary under different scenarios. A lower proration factor would normally be associated with a year in which a high number of producers are eligible for program payments. In 2013, the proration factor was approximately 30%.

Farmer's Risk Management Premium Fund
All RMP premiums are collected by Agricorp and placed in the Farmer's Risk Management Premium Fund (FRMPF), which is managed separately by each participating commodity group. The commodity groups use the funds to supplement payments in years of greater need. In years when the premium money is not required to top up payments, the money will remain in the premium fund. In any program year, the commodity groups can decide whether or not to make payments from the Farmer's Risk Management Premium Fund. Payments are based on RMP payments for that program year.
For the 2013 program year, producers were eligible for a top-up payment from the FRMPF.

This RMP Calculator is an estimation tool designed to help grain and oilseed producers assess their annual potential program payments.
Grain Farmers of Ontario cannot guarantee that the estimates generated by this calculation tool will be the same as program payments received, or subsequent adjustments in any program year. This tool should not be used for income tax purposes.