GUELPH — The Ontario Federation of Agriculture is donating $100,000 in support of hay shipments to farmers in need of relief amid ongoing drought conditions in northwestern Ontario and western Canada.
Announced Aug. 19, OFA’s contribution is split 50-50 between two causes — the Northwestern Livestock Emergency Assistance Initiative managed by Beef Farmers of Ontario, and the latest ‘Hay West’ initiative delivered by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.
“We understand the severity of the situation for many farmers this year, and we’re proud to support initiatives that will offer relief to those in difficult situations,” said Peggy Brekveld, OFA President, in a news release from the organization. “We sincerely appreciate the dedicated efforts of BFO and CFA, along with industry stakeholders, collaborating to support those in crisis by delivering much-needed resources to our farms and livestock. We truly are a tight-knit community and willing to lend a hand when needed.”
“We are truly grateful for this offer of support at a critical time as we ready the first loads of hay to send West. This just reinforces the strong sense of community and camaraderie we’ve seen among farmers across the country, with farmers across Eastern Canada coming to the aid of their Western counterparts in need. I just can’t thank OFA enough for making such a significant contribution and am overwhelmed with the level of support we’re seeing,” said Mary Robinson, CFA President.
“On behalf of beef farmers in Rainy River and Kenora who are in desperate need of feed to care for their livestock, we are so thankful for this generous offer from OFA to provide a helping hand to those in need,” said Rob Lipsett, BFO President. “With this added financial support, we will be able to provide more resources to farmers through the Northwestern Livestock Emergency Assistance Initiative who are longing for relief from extreme heat and drought.”
The funds donated to these initiatives will go towards helping to transport and deliver shipments of hay to farmers in northwestern Ontario and the prairie provinces.