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Opposing Bill C-474

ON APRIL 14 Parliament voted in favour of Bill C-474 going to the Agriculture Standing Committee for review.  At GFO, we are quite disappointed with our elected MPs for allowing this bill to pass Second Reading when our [Read more]

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Site-specific disease forecasting

USING WEB-BASED TOOLS CAN HELP MANAGE WEATHER-RELATED RISK despite your best efforts to grow profitable, high quality, disease-free cereal crops, the biggest challenge remains the weather.  While we still can’t control it, science and technology [Read more]

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Replanting Roundup Ready

WITH THE PATENT EXPIRING ON RR SOYBEANS IN 2011. FARMERS WILL SOON BE ABLE TO SAVE AND REPLANT SEED WITHOUT BREAKING THE LAW as the first company to patent and commercialize a genetic trait in [Read more]

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Refuge compliance slipping

a recent survey reveals that refuge requirement compliance has slipped to 61 percent in 2009, down from a high of 80 percent in 2005. This is of serious concern for the entire corn industry. When [Read more]

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Obsolete products collection a success

SAFELY DISPOSING OF OBSOLETE PRODUCTS of the estimated 1000 participants in the recent Ontario CleanFARMSTM collection program, 85 percent returned obsolete crop protection products for safe, environmentally responsible disposal. And crop and horticulture farmers led [Read more]

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Grain farmers part of the solution

environmental talks in Copenhagen touched on many issues related to climate change with many possible solutions up for consideration.  One key sector where solutions can be more abundant than emissions is agriculture. “Society has to [Read more]

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Consumer outreach across the world

AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO SOYBEAN MARKET DEVELOPMENT IN JAPAN AND SOUTHEAST ASIA it’s not every day that an Ontario farmer thinks about consumers in Asia. But, considering approximately 40 percent of Canada’s total soybean exports [Read more]

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Research opportunities a plenty

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ONTARIO RESEARCH grain farmers are looking to make the most of two new programs offered through the Growing Forward suite of programs launched by the federal government in 2009. With proposed [Read more]

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Ontario wheat gains fans

POPULAR BREAKFAST CEREAL GETS A LOCAL MAKEOVER as consumers are increasingly demanding more local ingredients in their favourite products, farmers are gaining market share and publicity. Fortunately,  for both consumers and farmers, food processors and [Read more]

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State of the Biofuels Industry

AN INDUSTRY POISED FOR GROWTH FACES FUTURE CHALLENGES WITH AN INCREASING focus on the environment and finding solutions to climate change, the renewable fuels industry is poised to take off in the next decade. Talks on [Read more]