The following resolutions were carried at the 2021 Annual General Meeting of the Beef Farmers of Ontario:
21-01 - INCREASED COSTS OF CARBON TAX
Therefore be it resolved that BFO ask CCA to lobby the federal government to come up with a way to compensate livestock farmers for increased cost of transportation because of Carbon Tax.
Response to 21-01
21-02 - INCREASED FUNDING FOR RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby the provincial government to increase the pool of money in the RMP program for livestock farmers.
Response to 21-02
21-03 - BUSINESS RISK MANAGEMENT
Therefore be it resolved that BFO continue to work with CCA on enhancements to all BRM programs.
Response to 21-03
21-04 - DAIRY PRODUCER RELATIONS AND CULL COWS
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with the dairy industry to address the concern of the excess cull cows in the marketplace as a result of the dairy incentive days, and work to adjust the number of animals going to market at one time.
Response to 21-04
21-05 - INCENTIVE PROGRAM FOR PROTECTING HAY AND PASTURELAND
Therefore be it resolved that BFO investigate the creation of an incentive program for beef producers in an effort to retain valuable hay, pasture, buffer strips and valley land in Ontario.
Response to 21-05
21-06 - FRAMEWORK FOR ESCAPED LIVESTOCK EMERGENCIES
Therefore be it resolved that BFO engage with appropriate provincial Ministries, municipal organizations, the insurance industry, and other relevant stakeholders to develop a workable legislative framework for best practices, and guidelines; this framework will be suitable for grassroots implementation towards the goal of protecting traveling public, welfare of the livestock, and the best interests of the industry including those responsible for the care of the involved livestock.
21-07 - COUNTY/DISTRICT ORGANIZATION INSURANCE COVERAGE
Therefore be it resolved that BFO consider offering county/district organizations blanket insurance coverage to mitigate this financial risk, or at minimum allow it to be cost shared.
Response to 21-07
21-08 - NATIONAL AGRICULTURE POLICY
Therefore be it resolved that BFO conduct a feasibility study on developing a National Agriculture Policy.
21-09 - PROCURING ROADSIDE SAFETY SIGNAGE
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with OFA and other commodity partners to develop a standard procedure on how to procure Caution Slow Moving Vehicle roadside signage.
21-10 - PROPER USE OF SLOW-MOVING VEHICLE SIGNAGE
Therefore be it resolved that BFO request WSPS and the general farm organizations (OFA, CFFO and NFU-O) to work with the MTO and OPP to ensure proper use of slow-moving vehicle signs on equipment and property.
21-11 - ACCESS TO BROADBAND INTERNET
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with industry partners to lobby the federal and provincial government for increased access to high-speed internet for all areas of Ontario.
Response to 21-11
21-12 - ABATTOIR CAPACITY AND MOBILE ABATTOIRS
Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobby for government-funded mobile abattoirs in Ontario.
Response to 21-12
21-13 - FUNDING SUPPORT FOR LOCAL ABATTOIRS
Therefore be it resolved that BFO advocate to the provincial government to provide funding support for small and start-up abattoirs to help with staff training and infrastructure upgrades.
Response to 21-13
21-14 - BOXED BEEF PRICES
Therefore be it resolved that BFO report Canadian/Ontario boxed beef cut-out numbers so it is more relevant for our use.
Response to 21-14
21-15 - CROP INSURANCE - FORAGE
Therefore be it resolved that BFO work with Agricorp to update the corn silage to dry grain formula.
Response to 21-15
21-16 - PROVINCIAL ABATTOIR CAPACITY AND FUNDING
Therefore be it resolved that BFO lobbying the Government for large scale funding assistance to increase operating capacity at small, medium and large scale abattoirs and to re-open facilities that are currently sitting vacant will directly support local farmers by alleviating the ever-growing backlog of cattle to be processed and allow small farms to meet the demand for locally grown and processed Ontario beef.
Response to 21-16