Editorial: Lessons from political speeches

Reading Time: 3 minutes There’s rarely enough news in politician visits to farmer group meetings to justify a report. Sometimes there’s an announcement to be made and then they let the farm media know in advance that we need to pay attention. The script is usually similar: Tell farmers, with exact numbers, how many members they have in their […] Read more

A wheat crop in progress on May 24, 2016 north of London, Ont. (Ralph Pearce photo)

Grain Farmers of Ontario to wind down wheat pool

Programs to end after 2020 marketing year

Reading Time: 2 minutes The remnants of Ontario farmers’ former single wheat marketing desk are set to disappear at the end of the 2020 crop marketing year. Grain Farmers of Ontario, which inherited the pooling system from one of its heritage organizations, the Ontario Wheat Producers’ Marketing Board, announced Tuesday it will wind down its wheat pool and its […] Read more

The 85 per cent ask is the level that grain farmers across the country actually need. The programs are useless to grain farmers at lower levels.

Opinion: Grains and oilseed farm groups aligned on program changes

Board chair says AgriStability is “unusable” for grain farmers across the country

Reading Time: 3 minutes The point of risk assurance programs is preparedness. When they are needed, they need to be ready to go. Today, they are underfunded and unprepared and this is a major concern for farmers. Sixty-one per cent of Ontario grain farmers are worried about their farm’s ability to survive this economic downturn. But we aren’t alone. […] Read more

The federal government’s Clean Fuel Standard is poised to increase the demand for biofuels.

Editorial: When good policy is foiled by bad additions

Biodiversity provisions are unworkable in clean fuel standards

Reading Time: 3 minutes The increase in demand for biofuels coming from the federal government’s Clean Fuel Standard should be a cause for celebration for farmers, but there’s concerning fine print in the regulations. It can be argued that ethanol policy over the past 20 years has been the most successful farm support program in history. It created a […] Read more

Grain deliveries in Ontario will require more paperwork to include variety declarations, but not this year.

New grain declaration system coming to Eastern Canada

There’s a one-year exemption while the trade deal-driven change is implemented

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario grain farmers have a year’s reprieve from increased documentation made necessary by the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement on trade. The trade deal, which came into effect July 1, changed a provision in the original NAFTA deal that automatically graded all American wheat imported into Canada as feed wheat. It will now be graded in the same […] Read more


GFO credits Ford for advancing funding cause

New version of video continues to push concerns of grain farmers

Reading Time: 2 minutes Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) says it is making headway in its goal to find more government funds for members. Ontario Premier Doug Ford is now acting as an advocate for the request and is taking the message to the federal government, says Markus Haerle, chair of the board of Grain Farmers of Ontario. GFO […] Read more

Grain farmer attack ads come with risk

Many of the frustrations of grain farmers are with issues outside of COVID-19 impact

Reading Time: 3 minutes The tone of a new advertising campaign created by Grain Farmers of Ontario has created division in the agriculture sector during the COVID-19 crisis. “You’ve already seen the empty shelves. The food supply chain is breaking,” says the advertisement, which comes from Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO). A worried-sounding narrator talks about food shortages over […] Read more

A video screengrab from GFO’s ‘Canada's Food Supply Chain Is Breaking’ video published to YouTube on May 11, 2020.

Grain farmers target prime minister with attack ad

Grain farmers have not got same the funding attention from government as other sectors of the economy

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ontario’s grain farmers have launched an ominous, American-style attack ad aimed at Canada’s prime minister. “You’ve already seen the empty shelves. The food supply chain is breaking,” says the advertisement, which comes from Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO). A worried-sounding narrator talks about food shortages over visuals of ramshackle barns. The ad (see below), which […] Read more

Crosby Devitt will start as CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario on April 1.

Devitt new Grain Farmers of Ontario CEO

Organization replaces Barry Senft from within

Reading Time: < 1 minute Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) didn’t have to look far to find its new chief executive officer. The organization, representing barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat farmers in Ontario announced March 17 that Crosby Devitt is its new CEO, starting April 1. Devitt is currently vice president, strategic development at GFO. Prior to his current […] Read more

Bangladesh has become Canada’s top export customer for soybeans.

Grain Farmers of Ontario leaves national organization

The Ontario group had been part of Grain Growers of Canada for just over a year

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The organization representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers has left the Grain Growers of Canada. Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) announced its withdrawal from the national policy organization in a news release on Feb. 7, citing a lack of representation. Why it matters: Ontario farmers will lose an […] Read more