Grain farmers applaud disaster relief

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Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) thanked Ontario Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman for promising to ask the federal government to declare DON in corn a natural disaster.

That would release additional funding under the AgriRecovery federal-provincial program.

“Grain Farmers of Ontario appreciates the Ontario government’s acknowledgement of the DON crisis in Ontario as a form of disaster and looks to the federal government to also be part of the solution,” said GFO chairman Markus Haerle.

“Our organization is committed to providing support to the Ontario government to ensure that the federal government understands the need of Ontario’s grain farmers, and to ensure the risk management programs, including AgriRecovery, are effective for our members.”
Hardeman also extended the intake deadline for merit-based, cost-share funding to support projects that will help the corn value chain address challenges caused by DON. Funding for this targeted initiative is being provided through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s funding assistance for Ontario’s organizations and collaborations.

The GFO thanked Hardeman for extending the deadline to this February 28.

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