Resolution Responses

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.

In Progress


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.

In Progress


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.

In Progress


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.

In Progress


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.

In Progress


20-06 - RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FUNDING

Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby for more money for the Risk Management Program.

In Progress


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.

In Progress


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.

In Progress


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.

In Progress


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.

In Progress


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.

In Progress


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.

In Progress


20-13 - HAY AND FORAGE RESEARCH

Therefore be it resolved that BFO consider encouraging hay and forage research and extension in Ontario.

In Progress


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.

In Progress


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.

In Progress


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.

In Progress


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.

In Progress


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.

In Progress


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.

In Progress


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.

In Progress

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