Member Info & Benefits

Member Benefits

To support its members, industry sustainability and encourage growth in the province, BFO is focused on developing initiatives and supportive policies for new and existing beef farmers from the cow-calf sector through to our industry partners in the processing sector. As producers themselves, the leadership of the organization is motivated to make responsible decisions for the betterment of the entire Ontario beef sector.

BFO provides support, leadership, information and education to Ontario’s beef farmers, and acts as the united voice of farmers to industry, government, media and the general public. BFO is actively engaged in a range of issues and supports its membership in the following ways:

  • Proactive policy monitoring and analysis of issues related to the beef and broader agri-food industry
  • Support, dissemination and extension of beef research and development initiatives 
  • Advocacy activities in support of Ontario beef issues and priorities 
  • Market information and analysis 
  • Domestic and export market development
  • Programs and initiatives that support: 
    • producer engagement, education, and leadership
    • consumer and public engagement
    • industry development, sustainability, and growth
  • Targeted and strategic communications through various mediums 
  • Complimentary subscription to Ontario Beef magazine

For a complete look at how BFO has supported its members over the last decade, view our Report Cards below:

REPORT CARD, FOUR YEARS IN REVIEW - 2018 - 2021

Report Card, Three Years in Review - 2015 - 2017

Report Card, Five Years in Review - 2010 - 2014


Members

The Beef Farmers of Ontario’s Constitution states that any person who has paid a BFO licence fee deduction (check-off) or an annual membership fee is a member of the association. Farmers are also encouraged to seek membership in their local affiliated county or district branch.

As described in the BFO Constitution:

Any person who is a bona-fide cattle producer who is actively engaged in the raising of cattle may become a member of the Association upon payment of membership fees (subsection 1)

The fixed membership fee to be paid by a person who is a bona-fide cattle producer who is actively engaged in the raising of cattle shall be as follows:

(a)    Any person who has paid a license fee in their name to the Association pursuant to the Beef Cattle Marketing Act of Ontario during the previous 24 months as of December 31 of the preceding year shall be considered an eligible voting member paid in full  

(b)    Any person who has paid a license fee in their farm business name pursuant to the Beef Cattle Marketing Act of Ontario during the previous 24 months as of December 31 of the preceding year and is the designated shareholder of the corporation or partnership shall be considered an eligible voting member paid in full  

(c)    Any person who meets the requirements of subsection (1) but has not paid a license fee in their name to the Association during the previous 24 months as of December 31 of the preceding year but whose spouse or partner has paid a license fee during the previous 24 months as of December 31 of the preceding year in either their name or their farm name shall be considered an eligible voting member upon annual payment to the Association of a $25.00 membership fee

(d)    Any person who meets the requirements of subsection (1) but has marketed cattle only in such a manner as to be exempt from payment of license fees under the Beef Cattle Marketing Act of Ontario during the previous 24 months as of December 31 shall be considered an eligible voting member upon annual payment to the Association of a $75.00 membership fee  
 

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