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Your opportunity

FROM THE CEO'S DESK

EVERY MONTH, I use this column to share with you my thoughts on issues affecting the agriculture industry. Over the past year, I’ve discussed taxes, relationships with our elected officials, trade negotiations, national partnerships, environmental [Read more]

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A taxing issue

FROM THE CEO'S DESK

A FAMILY FARM is a business. A farmer is a business person. Therefore, small business tax changes proposed by the federal government will have an impact on farmers. That seems fairly straightforward; but apparently someone [Read more]

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Goodbye Mr. Murray

FROM THE CEO'S DESK

THEY SAY GOOD news travels fast. When Glen Murray, the now former Ontario minister of environment and climate change, announced his resignation from Cabinet and the legislature this summer it came as a surprise to [Read more]

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Marketing your grain

FROM THE CEO'S DESK

IT’S BEEN A challenging year for many of you and as you begin to reap the rewards of your efforts this harvest season, you want to be sure that you maximize your net returns. You [Read more]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]