GFO Newsletter for July/August 2013

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Agronomy Research Insert
Attached on the opposite page you will find the latest update on research being funded by Grain Farmers of Ontario. This insert focuses on agronomy issues such as tillage, weed management and nitrogen use.

Over the next few months we will be providing you with additional research results from our other priority research areas – Insects and Diseases, Crop Utilization and Crop Quality, and Breeding and Genetics.

2013 Annual General Meeting
New Location and Date!
Grain Farmers of Ontario’s 2013 Annual General Meeting will be held on September 9 at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show site. The business portion of the meeting will be held during the morning with exclusive plot tours for farmer-members during the afternoon.

Agenda
9:00am – noon: Business Meeting (open to everyone)
Lunch: Ontario corn-fed beef
1:00-4:00pm: Exclusive plot tours at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show

Location
Ontario Corn-Fed Beef Tent, North Mall
Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show site
744906 Oxford Road #17, Woodstock

Accommodations
A block of rooms is being held at Arden Park Hotel in Stratford. Rooms are limited – book early!
Arden Park Hotel; 1-877-788-8818
Group: Grain Farmers of Ontario
Address: 552 Ontario Street, Stratford

Visit the Farm Show
Delegates in attendance will receive admission to Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show for opening day, September 10.

A detailed agenda and further information about plot tours will be made available at www.gfo.ca prior to the Annual General Meeting.

Grain Safety Day
Do you have on-farm storage? Have you considered increasing or changing the on-farm grain storage or handling on your farm? Time to think safety! A Grain Safety Day, organized by Grain Farmers of Ontario District 7 (Oxford,Waterloo), is being held on Wednesday, July 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Homeland Grain, 385971 New Durham Rd., Burgessville.

The Grain Safety Day will feature speakers and demonstrations including:
–    Steve Lembke, Farmer, Five Star Seeds – Sweep Auger Safety
–    Helmut Spieser, OMAFRA – Grain Storage and Handling
–    Fred Spiro, Ontario Agri Business Association – In-Bin Safety:  Lockouts and
Working in Confined Spaces
–    Local firefighters will demonstrate the use of a grain extraction tool

Grain Safety Day is open to all Ontario grain farmers and their employees. Please RSVP by July 3 to valerie@soys.com or 519-421-0278. A corn-fed beef lunch will be provided.

The District 7 committee wishes to thank Grain Farmers of Ontario directors and staff for their support of this day.

2014 Young Leaders being sought
Grain Farmers of Ontario is once again sponsoring one couple or individual to participate in the 2014 American Soybean Association (ASA) and DuPont Young Leader Program.

The goal of the program is to train the next generation of leaders for the North American soybean industry. The 2014 class of Young Leaders and their spouses will participate in two challenging and educational leadership experiences in the US. The first will be held November 19 – 22, 2013 at Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa. The second will be held in conjunction with the Commodity Classic, February 25 – March 1, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.

Any young Ontario soybean growers are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Valerie Gilvesy, Member Relations Coordinator, at 226-979-5581 or vgilvesy@gfo.ca . Grain Farmers of Ontario is accepting applications until August 9, 2013. The application form is available at www.gfo.ca/ youngleadersprogram.

AgBids
Grain Farmers of Ontario and AgNition Inc. are excited to announce the addition of AgBids to Grain Farmers of Ontario’s FarmCentral gateway.

Currently available only for Blackberry users,  AgBids complements the existing SellSmart app by allowing farmers to use their smartphones to connect with their local elevators to make a sale by simultaneously requesting an actual grain bid from numerous buyers.  A second function that has been built into the app is the ability for farmers to request a price for fertilizer. AgBids and FarmCentral will be available on Android and iPhone in September 2013.

Investment in this project has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). In Ontario, this program is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council.

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THE ONTARIO GRAIN FARMER magazine strives to be the number one source of information for our province’s grain farmers. With a balanced mix of production, marketing, technology, research, and general interest articles, we provide farmers with valuable information in an easy-to-read format. As the flagship publication of Grain Farmers of Ontario, the Ontario Grain Farmer is a magazine that is made by farmers, for farmers. The magazine is an important tool that supports the organization’s vision to drive the Ontario grain industry to become a global leader.