The need to help farmers manage the increasing risks associated with farming is a key election issue for the Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO).

In this Ontario Election 2014 podcast, RealAgriculture.com’s Bernard Tobin speaks with Henry Van Ankum, chair of the Grain Farmers of Ontario, about the organization’s ‘Recommendations for Smart Growth’ election platform it rolled out just after the Ontario provincial election was called in early May.

Van Ankum discusses how GFO has joined with a host of other Ontario ag organizations to call on a new government to raise the cap on the Risk Management Program (RMP) from $100 million annually to $175 million. GFO is also touting the benefits of investment in a specialized soybean refinery at Sarnia and crop research.

Tobin and Van Ankum also discuss GFO’s view on the need for election candidates to commit science-based decision making when addressing the health of crop pollinators and technologies such as neonicotinoids.

Related: The Ontario Federation of Agriculture talks rural priorities, affordable energy and food literacy

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