Ontario Grain Farmer
The magazine of Grain Farmers of Ontario
JANUARY 2015
FEATURES
The 87 cent dollar
Amy Petherick
Supply and demand pricing
Todd Austin
The corn challenge
Philip Shaw
Overcoming challenges
Ken Whitelaw
Looking at the basis
John Jordan
High and then low
Victor Aideyan
Farm Action Now
Meghan Burke
Efficient transport
Stephen Kell
The Western Canada grain market
Dana Omland
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
Abundant crops
Cal Whewell
2015 price outlook
Edith Munro
Soil health
Anne Verhallen and Adam Hayes, OMAFRA
Storage: it's in the bag
Edith Munro
Higher achievement
Melanie Epp
IN EVERY ISSUE
Disappointment
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Market side: Futures trading basics
LESSON 4: MARKET PARTICIPANTS
Business side: Planning tips for 2015
CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS
In the news
NEWS BITES THAT MATTER
GFO Newsletter for January 2015
GET THE LATEST NEWS FROM GRAIN FARMERS OF ONTARIO
Research roundup
FIND OUT WHAT'S NEW IN THE WORLD OF RESEARCH
Future of grain
HIGHLIGHTING THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY IN GRAIN PRODUCTION AND UTILIZATION
Cropside: White mould management
AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS
WEB SPECIAL
Under ice and snow
GRAIN BIN WINTER SAFETY
PREVIOUS ISSUES
In the news
NEWS BITES THAT MATTER
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Pioneer Hi-Bred expands operations in Canada
•  Two new commercial units introduced
•  New business directors named
•  Canadian head office to relocate to Mississauga, Ontario

Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, has announced the introduction of Eastern and Western Canada commercial units with responsibility for sales and marketing, production, and research. Pioneer, Canada’s leading seed company, also plans to add a number of positions over the next five years, including agronomists, research scientists, production technicians and sales professionals.

“As the world’s second largest country, Canada has a vast geography and varied growing conditions. The addition of two dedicated commercial units will deliver more focused and defined market approaches for our growers in the East and West,” says Ian Grant, president, Pioneer Hi-Bred Limited.  “The ultimate goal is to position Pioneer even closer to our customers, providing unmatched levels of service.”

Bryce Eger has been appointed business director, Eastern Canada commercial unit, Pioneer Hi-Bred Limited. Eger joined Pioneer in 2009 as the national sales manager. Greg Stokke has been appointed business director, Western Canada commercial unit, Pioneer Hi-Bred Limited. Stokke joined Pioneer in 2005 as an account manager and most recently held the position of marketing manager for Western Canada.

In addition, DuPont recently indicated its commitment to invest $10 billion in research and development, and 4,000 new product introductions by the end of 2020 toward the accomplishment of its food goals.

For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com.

Food and Farming action plan endorsed by Toronto city council
Toronto City Council's Economic Development Committee has endorsed the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Action Plan 2021 which calls for a more integrated and coordinated approach to food and farming in the area.

The plan provides five broad strategies and numerous specific actions to revitalize the area's food and farming cluster which contributes $12.3 billion to the provincial economy, and is the second largest cluster of its kind in North America.

This direct economic activity is estimated to contribute $35 billion annually to the Canadian economy. It addresses the serious challenges impeding its growth, including multiple and conflicting government policies and regulations, rising fuel costs, a lack of integration, urbanization, competition for land, gaps in infrastructure and traffic congestion.

The complete Action Plan and supporting materials are available at www.gtaaac.ca.

Report confirms agriculture's contribution to jobs and the economy
The agriculture and agri-food sector is becoming increasingly modern, innovative, and competitive, and it is becoming a more significant part of Canada's economy.

As illustrated in An Overview of the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food System, an economic report released recently by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Canada's agriculture industry is turning the corner from facing unprecedented challenges to meeting exciting opportunities.
 
"We have plenty to be proud of here in Canada when it comes to the sector," said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "If we look back a few years, we see that our farms have become more modern, more productive, and more innovative.

We see that the industry has been restructuring and adapting to consumer demands, advancing technology, and other global trends."

The annual overview report provides basic information about the agriculture and
agri-food sector, tracks how the sector has been performing over time, and reflects the challenges and changes that have occurred in recent years.

The report reviews in detail all segments of the sector, covering not only primary agriculture and input suppliers, but also food and beverage processing, food distribution, consumer trends, and government investment. This year's report also included a special feature on employment trends in Canada's agriculture and agri-food system.

The report is produced by AAFC's Research and Analysis Directorate. A more detailed abstract can be found online at http://www4.agr.gc.ca/AAFC-AAC/display-afficher.do?id=1331319696826&lang=eng&src=hp.


 
 
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