Grain Farmers of Ontario wants to see a targeted growth strategy, a focus on business risk management programs, funding for an educational farm demo site, and signed trade agreements out of the next Ontario government.
GFO also says it would like to see an exemption on farm fuel costs associated with Climate Change regulations of which other provinces are able to take advantage.
The organization, which represents Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat growers unveiled its 2018 provincial election priorities this week, taking the opportunity to remind Ontario‘s political leaders of steps they can take to help Ontario farmers compete domestically and internationally.
“There are more than 28,000 grain farmers in Ontario, providing more than 40,000 jobs and supporting one of Canada‘s most important industries – agriculture and food,” says Markus Haerle, chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Our ask will have very direct, positive impact on agriculture and the food industry in Ontario and beyond. We look forward to speaking to each party leader to hear their response and to start the discussion.”
The Grain Farmers of Ontario would like to see the next government:
- Assemble a nimble alliance of industry and government innovators under the leadership of the Premier to devise a growth strategy for the grains and oilseed sector
- Ensure business risk management programming works for modern grains and oilseed farmer
- Instil public trust by providing funding to build “Your Farm” a state-of –the-art agri-education facility that demonstrates modern farming and can be accessed by academia for education, by politicians and the public
- Be an advocate for grains and oilseed in trade agreements including NAFTA, CPTPP and with China
Grain Farmers of Ontario has provided each party with a list of its priorities for the mandate of the next provincial government, but says, to date, they have not been able meet with each party leader.