GUELPH, ON, Dec. 14 /CNW/ - On December 13 at 6:30pm, the Ontario
Cattlemen's Association (OCA) held an unprecedented province-wide
telephone town hall meeting with more than 1700 beef farmers, the
largest and most innovative consultation of its kind in Canadian cattle
history. OCA President, Curtis Royal of Simcoe County, and OCA
Vice-President, Dan Darling of Northumberland County, were on-hand to
provide detailed information and gather feedback on the Proposed Risk
Management Program for Ontario beef farmers.
"This interactive tool provided OCA with the opportunity for broad
consultation with our membership at one time," stated Curtis Royal,
President of the Ontario Cattlemen's Association. "We need all
producers in the province to carry the unified message that we support
this program and this technology provided us with the means to inform
hundreds of producers in this province of our ambitious action plan."
After updating OCA's database of telephone numbers for active beef
producers, the advanced teleconferencing system had the ability to
simultaneously connect with thousands of farmers at one time. Farmers
were also given the opportunity during the call to ask questions about
the program and OCA's provincial initiatives.
In late November, OCA and Ontario Pork announced their partnership to
obtain support from the federal and provincial governments towards
establishing a Proposed Risk Management Program for Ontario beef and
pork farmers. The proposed insurance program would require participants
of the program to pay a premium to the government representing 30% of
the long-term cost of the insurance program on a voluntary basis. OCA
and Ontario Pork are asking governments to participate according to the
traditional 60/40 federal/provincial split.
For more information, visit: www.beefporkrmp.ca.
The Ontario Cattlemen's Association (OCA) represents the interests of
19,000 Ontario beef producers. OCA promotes Ontario beef cattle
production through policy planning, government lobbying, industry
development programs, research, and communications along with the
promotion and advertisement of beef. OCA also provides services to
cattlemen in domestic and export market development and market pricing
co-ordination and reporting.
SOURCE Ontario Cattlemen's Association
For further information: For further information:
LeaAnne Hodgins, OCA Communications Manager