More funding coming because of DON

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The province is increasing funding to help farmers whose corn harvest has been ruined by DON.

The repayment schedule for the Commodity Loan Program has also been extended and the funding cap has been increased from $120 to $200 million.

The announcements have been praised by Grain Farmers of Ontario and the Ontario branch of the National Farmers Union.

“The 2018-2019 harvest has been a difficult one for many of our farmer members. Our farmer members are trying to cope with high levels of DON in corn and the effects it has on cash flow during harvest and the need to purchase seed for this year’s planting season. The changes to the Commodity Loan Program that (Agriculture) Minister (Ernie) Hardeman has announced will provide our farmers more flexibility in planning and ensuring business and food production continuity for themselves, their customers and consumers,” said Markus Haerle, chairman of Grain Farmers of Ontario.

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