Grain Farmers of Ontario Bottom Line E-Newsletter for February 10, 2017
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February 10, 2017

In this issue:

• Ontario Grain Market Commentary
• Bioproducts meeting
• CFCRA Letter of Intent Review Days
• Soy Canada applauds AgFood Recommendations
• 2017 March Classic — reserve your room today!
• Canada's Agriculture Day
• Good in Every Grain and the OHL
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Cash prices as of noon on Friday, February 10, 2017 are as follows:
SWW @ $196.45/MT ($5.77/bu),  HRW @ $196.45/MT ($5.35/bu)
HRS @ $227.19/MT/ ($6.18/bu),  $196.45/MT ($5.35/bu)

Harvest 2017 prices as of noon on Friday, February 10, 2017 are as follows:
SWW @ $212.10/MT ($5.36/bu),  HRW @ $212.10/MT ($5.36/bu)
HRS @ $235.62/MT ($6.41/bu),   SRW @ $212.10/MT ($5.36/bu)

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Bioproducts meeting

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada held its Annual Meeting of the Bioproducts AgSci Cluster in Mississuaga on Wednesday. The third annual event brought together academia, producers, and end users to discuss opportunities for the Canadian bioeconomy. Grain Farmers of Ontario was represented at the meeting by Nicole Mackellar, manager of market development.

Participants were lead through presentations and discussions regarding the next generation of the BioProducts AgSci Cluster framework under the next federal Agricultural Policy Framework which will run from 2018-2023.

Participants also heard from the Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative who have partnered with Comet Biorefining to turn Ontario corn stover into cellulosic sugars. •
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CFCRA Letter of Intent Review Days

The Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance (CFCRA) continues to prepare for funding opportunities beyond 2018.  Representatives from CFCRA member organizations, as well as some additional organizations, including Grain Millers and Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA), met on February 8 – 9 to review Letters of Intent (LOI) that were submitted for inclusion in the CFCRA-led Canadian field crop research cluster being developed for the next Agricultural Policy Framework (APF) that will kick-off in April 2018. 

With feedback from all participants, the group reviewed 44 LOI and made decisions on which research projects it would like to receive full research proposal for.  Researchers will be notified of decisions over the next couple of weeks.

For more information about the CFCRA, please visit •
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Soy Canada Applauds AgFood Recommendations

Soy Canada is very pleased with the agriculture growth strategy outlined in a report released this week by the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth.

The second report of the Council chaired by McKinsey managing partner Dominic Barton emphasizes the need to unleash the growth potential of Canada’s agriculture and food sector. Specifically, the study recommends that the federal government “take a targeting approach to removing growth obstacles” and “galvanize” the sector around a growth strategy agenda.

“The report is a very refreshing, well-thought out blue-print for growing Canada’s agri-food sector,” says Soy Canada executive director Jim Everson. “We support the cooperative federal, provincial, and private sector partnership outlined in this visionary report.”

The Canadian soybean sector is in its ninth year of consecutive growth – almost doubling production over the last decade. Soy Canada welcomes active involvement with the federal government and other industry partners to advance the recommendations outlined in the report and tap into the growth potential for the soybean sector. The full report of the Council and chapter related to the agriculture sector’s growth potential can be found online at •
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2017 March Classic — reserve your room today!

The 2017 March Classic will be held on March 21 at the London Convention Centre in London, Ont. For those looking for accommodations – time is running out to take advantage of the group discount rate at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel.

A room block is available at until February 18, 2017. Use code “GFI” to book under the Grain Farmers of Ontario individual room block; or call 519-439-1661 or 1-800-HILTONS.

For more information and to register for the March Classic, visit •




Canada's Agriculture Day

Canada’s Agriculture Day is next week – Thursday, February 16. Community events and activities are being encouraged by Agriculture More Than Ever across the country. If you can’t attend an Ag Day event near you, you can still participate online. Use hashtag #CdnAgDay on your preferred social media platform to share your photos and stories during the day. Grain Farmers of Ontario encourages all of its farmer-members to become an agvocate for the day. •
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Good in Every Grain and the OHL

Good in Every Grain and the Ontario Hockey League are working together this year to share stories about Ontario's farms and farmers during OHL games across the province. Last week, the research department was involved in this campaign, as Matthew Czerwinski, research lead at Grain Farmers of Ontario, joined Jeff Barlow, director for Grain Farmers of Ontario’s District 6 (Haldimand, Brant, Hamilton, Niagara), to hand out farmer-cards at the Niagara Ice Dogs hockey game on Friday, February 3.

Two more farmer card giveaway events are scheduled in March. For details, visit •
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