The following resolutions were carried at the 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Beef Farmers of Ontario:
20-01 - PROCESSING CAPACITY SHORTAGE
Therefore be it resolved that BFO ’s primary focus in 2020 be to investigate, co-ordinate and develop viable strategies to deal with the insufficient slaughter capacity.
20-02 - CFIA ENFORCEMENT CONSISTENCY
Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby CFIA and the federal government to make sure procedures and requirements are the same from inspector to inspector, and that BFO has input as to the training and prerequisites necessary for these inspectors.
20-03 - BSE RISK STATUS
Therefore be it resolved that BFO and CCA will make a strong effort to have this application completed on time at the next opportunity to make application for a reduction in BSE risk status.
Response to 20-03
20-04 - INVESTORS FOR FEDERAL PROCESSING PLANT
Therefore be it resolved that BFO spearhead a plant to attract potential investors in a federally registered beef slaughter facility.
20-05 - SRM REMOVAL REQUIREMENTS
Therefore be it resolved that BFO in conjunction with CCA work with local politicians to lobby Agriculture Canada to work with CFIA on the issue of SRM removal.
20-06 - RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FUNDING
Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby for more money for the Risk Management Program.
Response to 20-06
20-07 - BEEF CO-OP/APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with the University of Guelph to see about creating an apprenticeship program in Ridgetown, similar to the Dairy Herdsman apprenticeship, where students spend 10-20% of time in class and 80-90% on-farm.
20-08 - PREMISES IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
Therefore be it resolved that BFO encourage and support all beef producing operations to obtain a Premises Identification Number for their production locations.
Response to 20-08
20-09 - MEAT-CUTTING EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Therefore be it resolved that BFO in conjunction with the Canadian Professional Meat Cutters, pursue with University of Guelph and other Ontario colleges the possibility of creating more meat cutting programs in Ontario to service the growing need with the Promotion of “Ontario Beef” and report back to this meeting in 2021 on progress with the education of meat cutters and livestock inspectors for the Ontario and Canadian beef industries.
20-10 - BEEF AND ENVIRONMENT CLASSROOM PROGRAMS
Therefore be it resolved that BFO employ a professional to educate teachers and deliver classroom presentations on the environmental benefits of pasture and hay crops, and the environmentally sustainable practices currently being used by Ontario beef farmers.
Response to 20-10
20-11 - MEAT TERMINOLOGY
Therefore be it resolved that BFO and CCA work with other meat commodity organizations in lobbying all levels of government to legislate the removal of meat-based language and terms from plant-based protein products.
20-12 - GRASS-FED BEEF STANDARDS
Therefore be it resolved that BFO investigate the standards and definitions for such beef in order to prevent misleading information reaching our beef customers and to allow this market to be filled with Ontario beef produced in accordance to such standards and definitions, and also consider establishing grass-fed criteria.
20-13 - HAY AND FORAGE RESEARCH
Therefore be it resolved that BFO consider encouraging hay and forage research and extension in Ontario.
Response to 20-13
20-14 - BEEF CURRICULUM IN CLASSROOMS
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with the Ministry of Education to find a solid way to dispel the fake ideas being put in our future consumers’ heads about beef and replace it with factual science-based curriculum teaching beef’s benefits to health and environment.
Response to 20-14
20-15 - MANURE STORAGE FUNDING
Therefore be it resolved that BFO encourage OMAFRA to make manure storage to all existing livestock operations eligible under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
20-16 - FORAGE PROGRAM
Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby the provincial government to address the risk of hay and pasture shortages due to the lack of rainfall late in the season.
20-17 - PROVINCIAL ABATTOIRS SUSTAINABILITY
Therefore be it resolved that BFO directors and management become directly involved with the minister of agriculture to preserve the provincial abattoirs so that we can continue to direct market beef to the local and regional markets throughout Ontario.
20-18 - BREEDER CO-OPS
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work towards a structure for co-ops that allows for under-serviced areas and new additions to be covered by the same lending criteria that the current Breeder co-ops provide.
20-19 - PROVINCIAL ABATTOIRS RED TAPE & LABOUR
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work towards lobbying the provincial government to reduce red tape, thus providing more expansion opportunities, and helping to utilize existing processing facilities, as well as starting a pilot project to attract and train qualified personnel to work in these Abattoirs.
20-20 - ADVANCE PAYMENTS PROGRAM
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with other farm organizations to lobby an increase of the interest free portion of the Advance Payments Program from the Agriculture Credit Corporation.