Ontario’s grain farmers are committed to preserving biodiversity in the areas where they farm, including protecting the local soil and waterways that keep our fields healthy, our food safe, and our communities sustainable.
35% increase in land use efficiency
Ontario grain farmers increased land use efficiency for winter wheat crops by over 35% from 1981 to 2011. That increased efficiency means a greater yield on a smaller environmental footprint.
Using 28% less energy
Our soybean farmers have decreased energy usage by 28% since 1981. That means we use less energy today to grow and harvest soybeans than we ever have.
Saving 170M litres of fuel each year
Conservation tillage saves over 170 million litres of fuel each year. That’s the equivalent of taking 122,000+ cars off the road or powering 93,000 homes.
"I grew up farming near Lake Erie, and I want to make sure future generations are able to as well."
Keeping the Food on your table safe & Nutritious
Ontario’s grain farmers care about the quality of ingredients they put on Canadian tables. The 28,000 farm families across Ontario know they have a responsibility to deliver the high-quality, sustainably-grown grains Canadians expect from our country’s farms and they take that responsibility seriously, ensuring every crop is planted and harvested with care.
Grain Farmers are part of Canada's Climate Change Solution.
We also know we have a responsibility to future generations and that quality and sustainability go hand-in-hand in the future of farming. Grain farmers are not only part of Canada's economic recovery but part of Canada’s climate change solution. Our crops capture carbon in the atmosphere and replace it with oxygen – reducing harmful greenhouse gases (GHG) and supporting Canada’s climate change goals. But to reach our full potential, we need government’s help.
We’re asking Canada’s next government to help keep Ontario’s grain farmers competitive so we can continue sustainably producing the high-quality healthy foods that feed Canadians while creating a greener environment.
Creating Business Risk Management Programs That Work For Grain Farmers
We need risk management programs that give grain farmers the flexibility to grow, innovate, and introduce new sustainable practices and technology while remaining competitive.
An exemption on the carbon price for fuel used in drying grains until proven fossil fuel alternatives are in place because the carbon price of $170/GHG tonne will result farmers paying more for the carbon price than they would for the fuel to dry their grain.
A retroactive rebate on carbon pricing paid to date on fuel for grain drying.
Clean Fuels Standard that keeps grains competitive and a growing market for Ontario corn and soybeans.
Carbon in fertilizer measured using the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program and reduction targets based on science.
In the past 5 years, the U.S. government has made almost $120 billion in support payments to U.S. farmers, which in recent years have far exceeded their World Trade Organization trade commitments. Ontario grains need a level playing field with grains imported into Canada that receive massive subsidies and are not subject to carbon pricing.
UK/Canada trade agreement that allows for continued tariff-free access for grains.
China’s defacto ban on Canada’s soybean imports removed.