The following resolutions were carried at the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Beef Farmers of Ontario:
17-01 - National Check-off Negotiations
Therefore be it resolved that BFO continue to work towards resolving the issues between Ontario and the national associations on the National Check-off.
17-03 - Public Trust in Beef
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with all animal agriculture groups on a provincial and national level to develop strategies to persuade the public about the benefits of animal agriculture and increase the frequency and timeliness in which our message is delivered to the public.
17-04 - Forage and Grazier Positions
Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby the provincial government for the maintenance of the two positions of Grazier Specialist and Forage Specialist.
Response to 17-04
17-05 - Cattle Transport Regulatory Changes
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with CCA to ensure that flexibility be provided to transporters that experience delays to allow extended time in transport under certain circumstances.
17-06 - Feeder Finance Alignment with the Financial Protection Program
Therefore be it resolved that BFO continue to work with the government, Feeder Finance and the Financial Protection Program (FPP) to change the wording or make an amendment to the FPP, to ensure members of a co-operative are treated as individuals under the FPP and are not encompassed under the umbrella of the co-operative.
17-07 - Use of "Cattlemen's" Name
Therefore be it resolved that BFO counties and districts still using the Cattlemen's Association name take the initiative to use Beef Farmers in their name, and that the board encourage them to do so.
Response to 17-07
17-08 - Risk Management Program Enhancements
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with and lobby all partners and possible new partners to maintain and enhance Ontario producers' Risk Management Program so that it is timely, bankable, and effective.
17-09 - Beneficial Ownership - Feeder Finance
Therefore be it resolved that BFO continue to work the government and Feeder Finance to change the wording in the Order in Council of April 2016 by January 1, 2018.
17-10 - Carbon Offsetting
Therefore be it resolved that BFO consider that we as beef producers let our representatives know this [grasses store carbon, build organic matter in soil and ruminant animals are the best tools to manage grasses] and that beef producers be high on the list for carbon credits.
17-11 - Predation Compensation
Therefore be it resolved that BFO request that the Ontario Minister of Agriculture have qualified and experienced individuals to evaluate kills and provide fair compensation.
17-12 - Engagement with Political Representatives
Therefore be it resolved that BFO request that no government officials address the BFO AGM without a question and answer period that is not scrutinized by BFO’s Board.
Response to 17-12
17-13 - Research Dissemination
Therefore be it resolved that BFO ensure all results of any research trials conducted at the new facility be made available to producers in a timely fashion through the BFO website and the Ontario beef magazine for easy access for BFO producers.
Response to 17-13
17-14 - BFO Contingency Fund
Therefore be it resolved that BFO establish a contingency fund of a significant amount to counteract trade disputes, thereby not resulting in having to increase check-off.
17-15 - Improvements to Feeder Finance
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with the Ontario Feeder Finance Steering Committee to lobby OMAFRA to enact positive change on the items identified by the provincial steering committee.
17-16 - Government Program Development and Evaluation
Therefore be it resolved that BFO consider appointing a representative to sit on the committee [that establishes the rules for programs such as the Next Policy Framework] to ensure the best interests of all beef farmers in the province are looked after.
17-17 - Silage Plastic Recycling and Disposal
Therefore be it resolved that BFO investigate methods of recycling and disposal of silage plastic.
17-18 - BFO Representation on MPAC
Therefore be it resolved that BFO consider a representative be placed on the MPAC Advisory Committee thus ensuring the best interests of all beef farmers with respect to land values.
17-19 - Processing Capacity and Competitiveness
Therefore be it resolved that BFO take leadership in facilitating the provincial and federal governments, CFIA, and private industry to work together to provide Ontario with new processing plans and facilities that increase Ontario processing capacity while addressing and complying with new welfare and economic issues at the same time.
17-22 - Disposal of Sharps
Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby the sellers of these products, and encourage work on the development of a consistent policy, whereby retailers will be required to accept the return of sharps and out dated medications for proper disposal.
Refer to General Farm Organizations
17-02 - Farm Property Tax Rate
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with OFA and other general farm organizations to lobby for all agricultural land to be changed from 25% to 15% of value for farm property tax rate.
17-20 - Agriculture Education
Therefore be it resolved that BFO encourage the Ontario government to keep open Agricultural Studies courses that are already in place and encourage future curriculum to have more of an agriculture component in it.
17-21 - Cap and Trade Costs for Coloured Fuel
Therefore be it resolved that BFO request the Ontario Government to exempt Ontario beef farmers from the Climate Tax on coloured diesel that went into effect January 1, 2017 until such time as that carbon offsets are readily available to Ontario beef farmers.
17-23 - Aggregate Site Rehabilitation
Therefore be it resolved that BFO with other farm organizations, lobby the provincial government to strengthen the requirements and the oversight of the rehabilitation of present and future aggregate sites.