This past week the Beef Farmers of Ontario held their annual general meeting near the Toronto airport to take care of some business and discuss the year ahead. The meat sector has seen strong demand for product due to positive economic factors, but 2019 could be different. Additionally, producers are facing increasing costs due to regulations and market factors.
In this interview with RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney, Joe Hill, president of the Beef Farmers of Ontario, says “the sector has really been in a holding pattern after several years of falling cow numbers which has now been stabilized.” Hill continues, “we are surviving, not thriving or expanding.”
At the 2019 AGM, there were a couple announcements that are hoped to address some of the challenges ahead.
Minister of Agriculture Ernie Hardeman announced changes to the feeder loan program.
And, after voting down the increase last year, BFO membership voted to increase the check off by $1.50.
Hear more about the AGM, in the interview below which features Beef Farmers of Ontario president Joe Hill discussing the convention with RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney.