Advocacy

Reflections

FROM THE CEO'S DESK

CANADA HAS A rich farming history. Whether it was the first French settlers along the St. Lawrence or the homesteaders who populated the Western Prairies, farmers have been instrumental to the development of our country. [Read more]

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Agricultural growth

FROM THE CEO'S DESK

IN A RECENT report by the federal Advisory Council on Economic Growth, chaired by Dominic Barton, agriculture was highlighted as one of the industries that are poised for real significant growth and it was identified [Read more]

Advocacy

Trade in the Trump era

FROM THE CEO’S DESK

WE MIGHT LIKE to think we dodged a bullet when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau solidified Canada’s good standing with the U.S. during his first official meeting with President Donald Trump; but the Trump administration’s performance thus far suggests that we should not take such assurances at face value. [Read more]

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Issues that matter

FROM THE CEO'S DESK

IN JANUARY, GRAIN Farmers of Ontario held its Annual District Grain Committee Meetings. These meetings are an integral part of our organization — they are where your local delegates and directors are elected, where information about the work we do is shared, and where important provincial and local issues are raised by you, our farmer-members. This was our eighth round of meetings, and based on attendance and the feedback we received, I would consider them a success. [Read more]

Advocacy

Cap and Trade

FROM THE CEO'S DESK

ON JANUARY 1, the Ontario government’s Cap and Trade program came into effect and it created yet another new operating environment for grain farmers. Cap and Trade is a system which limits how many tonnes [Read more]

Advocacy

Another voice

FROM THE CEO'S DESK

GRAIN FARMERS OF ONTARIO strives to have elected representatives who are reflective of our farmer-membership. We’ve made progress, but we still have work to do. Through our Grains in Action program (which takes place every [Read more]

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Keeping your agreements

FROM THE CEO'S DESK

CANADA HAS TRADE agreements with more than 50 nations. Ten years ago, you couldn’t open up the newspaper without reading about a new trade deal that was being signed or in the works. Open markets [Read more]

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Mergers and aquisitions

FROM THE CEO'S DESK

IN THE BUSINESS world, mergers and acquisitions can change the face of an industry. This year alone, several deals have been announced or are rumoured to be in the works. In the beverage industry, Anheuser-Busch [Read more]

Advocacy

A new strategic plan

FROM THE CEO'S DESK

GRAIN FARMERS OF ONTARIO’S Board of Directors implemented a new strategic plan at a planning meeting and Board meeting in September. Creating and regularly reviewing a strategic plan is a fundamental business practice that ensures [Read more]

Advocacy

Weathering the forecast

FROM THE CEO'S DESK

IT’S AMAZING HOW much our lives revolve around the weather. What we do, what we wear, how and when we travel is all affected by the weather. Farmers tend to be influenced by the weather [Read more]