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,’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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One thought on “On the Election Trail: Grain Farmers of Ontario Seek to ‘Raise The Cap’

  1. Raise the cap? I think we would all be better off if the got rid of the RMP program all together. Don’t know how this is a burning issue in #ontag. I dont know one single farmer that is enrolled in the livestock one including myself. due to a mistake by my accountant I was enrolled in the grains one last year and despite having our most profitable year ever we just got a nice cheque from RMP, makes absolutely no sense, corporate welfare at its finest. I have heard several different accountants say that none of their clients that they would consider top managers would gain anything from being in the program.
    As farmers we are our own worst enemies and it is high time we take the responsibility ourselves to run our own on farm RMP program and stop relying on government for welfare payments.
    Example, we lost 2 rented farms this year because there are several other farmers that are willing to pay well beyond the productive value of the land, we let it go because there would be no money in it at the new rental price. The farmer that runs it now will be relying on a cheque from the government to make up the difference. its just rewarding poor management

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