Expression Of Opinion Vote To Be Held For Corn, Soybean And Wheat Producers
Ministry of Agriculture and Food
GUELPH - The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission will conduct an expression of opinion vote between September 9, 2008 and September 30, 2008 on a proposal to create a single marketing board to replace the organizations that represent Ontario's corn, soybean and wheat producers. The vote is being held at the request of the Ontario Corn Producers' Association (OCPA), the Ontario Soybean Growers (OSG) and the Ontario Wheat Producers' Marketing Board (OWPMB).
Producers registered with these organizations will receive an information summary and ballot in the mail. The question on the ballot is:
"Are you in favour of a single marketing board for corn, soybeans and wheat described as "Grain Farmers of Ontario" in the enclosed information summary?"
Eligible voters include:
- Producers who have paid license fees to the OCPA, and/or OSG and/or the OWPMB in at least one of the last two fiscal years of the organizations
- Beginning producers who will be paying or have paid license fees in 2008-2009
- Sole proprietors, farm corporations, and each partner in a partnership.
Uniquely identified ballots with pre-printed tonnages of corn, soybeans and wheat on which license fees were paid will be mailed by the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission beginning in early September 2008 to all known eligible producers. Anyone who is eligible to vote but has not received an information summary and ballot by September 10, 2008 should contact the AgLine Communications/TI Ltd. at 1-866-764-2006.
All returned ballots must be post-marked no later than September 30, 2008.
"We encourage all eligible corn, soybean and wheat producers to make their opinions known by participating in this Expression of Opinion Vote," said Dave Hope, Chair of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission.
Regional information meetings will be held in seven locations between September 11 and September 24, 2008:
All meetings will start at 7:00 pm and are scheduled to finish at 9:00pm
Countryview Golf Club
Between Chatham and Wallaceburg
Seaforth Community Centre,
London Four Points Sheraton,
1150 Wellington Rd., London
601 Scottsdale Drive, Guelph
Scugog Community Centre
181 Perry Street,
99 Glen Miller Rd (Hwy 401)
Canadian Legion Branch 434
167 Queen St.,
More information available at Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission.
Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission:
Sophia Dinnissen (519) 826-3396
John Fitzgerald (519) 826-3222
Dale Mountjoy, President (905) 576-5714
Leo Guilbeault, Chair (519) 796-2289
Dave Whaley, Chair (519) 825-9404