Grain Farmers of Ontario has elected its new board chair. Brendan Byrne is the director for District 1 (Essex) and has served on the board since 2015. He farms with his father and family in Essex County. GFO represents Ontario‘s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat farmers. “I’m honoured to be elected the next Chair… Read More

Any optimism over the updated Clean Fuel Standard, set to be revealed Friday, December 18, has been over-shadowed by last week’s environmental plan that includes an upward incline in carbon taxes to 2023. Markus Haerle, chair of the Grain Farmers of Ontario, has many positive things to say about the opportunity for diverting corn into… Read More

This Tuesday edition of the show features a big ag policy issue, specifically the upcoming Clean Fuel Standard. You’ll hear from: Markus Haerle, chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO); Todd Lewis, president of Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS); Arnold Balicki, chairman of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association; Sukhpaul Bal, of BC Cherries Association; and,… Read More

Several farm industry groups are voicing their displeasure of the government’s announcement last week to ramp up the carbon tax over the next 10 years. The Grain Farmers of Ontario say they are “infuriated” by the plan and call it a “continued campaign to tax food production for Canadians.” Previously, the federal government had denied… Read More

Grain Farmers of Ontario has announced it will no longer offer its wheat pool and forward contract marketing programs after the current crop year. The Grain Farmers of Ontario Wheat Pool and Forward Contract programs were created by the Ontario Wheat Producers’ Marketing Board when there was a single desk marketing system and fewer ways… Read More

The Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) have been joined by two other eastern Canadian grain groups, to put further public pressure on the federal government to make adjustments to the AgriStability business risk management program. The three grain groups have launched an online and radio campaign claiming that Canadian grain farmers are going out of… Read More

Today’s RealAg Radio show was live on Sirius XM channel 147. Thanks for tuning in, we’re always thrilled to have you along The top news stories of the day with host Shaun Haney; Todd Lewis, farmer and president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS), on the upcoming Saskatchewan election and some of the… Read More

Grain farmers from Ontario to the Maritimes want the Canadian government to respond to American farm subsidies the same way the government has defended Canadian interests against aluminum and steel tariffs. The Atlantic Grains Council, Grain Farmers of Ontario, and Producteurs de grains du Québec have launched a joint campaign to raise awareness of the… Read More

What works for animal production sectors won’t necessarily work for the grain sector, says the chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO), referring to the Canadian Pork Council’s latest request for changes to business risk management (BRM) programs, specifically AgriStability. While farm groups across the country have been pushing for BRM reform for years, GFO’s… Read More

It’s one of our favourite days here on RealAg Radio — it’s Farmer Rapid Fire day! Today we’ve got six great farmers lined up — with one even being from Montana — to talk about where they are at in the harvest season. On today’s panel, you’ll hear: Sarah Weigum, of Three Hills, Alta.; Jake… Read More

Grain Farmers of Ontario is asking the government to improve the programs put in place to help farmers if their businesses are in a loss position because of the pandemic. GFO is asking the government to fully fund the Risk Management program in Ontario, to restore the AgriStability program to 85 per cent (vs 75… Read More

An answer to a follow up question on a conference call by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada minister Marie-Claude Bibeau struck a nerve last week. Bibeau said that the carbon tax on fuel used for grain drying wasn’t a significant enough percentage of operating costs to qualify for an exemption to the “price of pollution.” In… Read More

The Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) have released a second video outlining the organization’s displeasure with the Trudeau government’s agricultural policy in comparison to the United States. The video titled “Does Justin Trudeau want Canadians to rely on the United States for our food supply?” is 30 seconds in length and focuses on the ad… Read More

Markus Haerle, chair of the Grain Farmers of Ontario, says the producer group’s recent social media and radio campaign is aimed at getting the federal government’s attention and at pushing Ottawa to quit stalling on making improvements to business risk management tools, so that these programs can address shortfalls and challenges in the industry. Reaction… Read More

It’s what we like to a call a M-uesday here at RealAgriculture, as we get back into the work week! We hope you all had a wonderful May Long/May 2-4 weekend in Canada. On today’s episode of RealAg Radio, you’ll hear: The top ag news stories of the day with host Shaun Haney; Angela Bedard-Haughn,… Read More


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