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Protecting Peterborough Family Farms

McGuinty Government Risk Management Program Biggest Policy Change in 30 years

Peterborough farmers can now count on stable financial support that will help protect family farms and ensure Ontarians continue to enjoy local healthy food.

In the 2011 provincial budget, Ontario committed to providing risk management programs to support farmers when prices for their products fluctuate due to unpredictable factors such as weather and global market changes. The province will introduce new risk management programs for cattle, hog and sheep farmers and will also make the risk management program for grain and oilseed farmers permanent.

The Province will also provide a self-directed risk management program for the edible horticulture sector.

Ontarians are eating more of the healthy food grown by Ontario farmers, processed in the province and sold by local retailers. When Peterborough family farms thrive, Ontarians taste it at the dinner table.

A strong agri-food industry is part of the five-year Open Ontario Plan to create jobs and opportunities that will boost the province's economy.

Quick Facts

  • Peterborough farmers produce many of the good things that grow in Ontario, including beef cattle, dairy, sheep, oats, barley and hay.
  • Ontario's agri-food industry contributes $30 billion to the provincial economy every year and provides jobs for 700,000 people.
  • There are nearly 60,000 farms in Ontario and each farmer produces enough food to feed 120 people every year.

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“We've had and will continue to have a strong, honest, and open dialogue with Ontario farmers on how to build a stronger, prosperous future for agriculture in our province. With these new programs, Ontario farmers will have the predictability, bankability and stability they need to stay on the land and continue to provide us with the good things that grow in Ontario.”

Carol Mitchell

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Jeff Leal

“This is the most significant, made-in-Ontario agriculture program in 30 years. It's good for the whole province because when we support our farmers, we support our rural communities and we create jobs.”

Jeff Leal

MPP Peterborough

“Farmers in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock know they're being heard. They said they need predictable, stable and bankable funding, and we're delivering just that. The announcement of a Risk Management Program for our farmers represents a made-in-Ontario solution - one we'll see at the dinner table, in our kids' lunchboxes and on the menus of our favourite local restaurants.”

Rick Johnson

MPP Haliburton - Kawartha Lakes - Brock

“We are happy to hear the Provincial Government is going ahead with introducing this Risk Management Program. We are glad Minister Mitchell is taking the time to come to our County so as to hear any concerns or points we as cattlemen have to offer regarding the development of this program. We really hope that our Provincial Government in taking this leadership role will encourage the federal government to add their 60% to make this a full 100% program.”

Glenn Darling

President, Peterborough County Cattlemen's Association

“Jeff Leal has been working since about 2008 with Peterborough Cattlemen and on behalf of all Ontario Cattlemen in support of a Risk Management Program for producers. It is a good and positive step that the provincial government and Minister Carol Mitchell have budgeted for a Risk Management Program for non-supply management sectors. This will help to bring security to the production of Ontario food land products for our consumers. To be effective for Ontario beef producers, the program requires that the federal government take responsible action and improve their portion of responsibility.”

Jack Holland

Past President, Peterborough County Cattlemen's Association

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