A few weeks ago, many Ontario soybean growers were unhappy their board decided to stop pursuing the four-year joint commodity-group dream with corn and wheat producers. They said so, and the board listened. Now, the board wants back in. Still waiting for the response from the corn and wheat producers. Here's the news release.
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For Immediate Release
December 19, 2007
Ontario Soybean Growers willing to resume MOU negotiations
[GUELPH, ON] Over 100 soybean producers attended the Ontario Soybean Growers (OSG) Committee Members meeting today in London, Ontario where they expressed their views on the recent OSG Board of Directors decision to withdraw from the MOU process. Multiple resolutions were brought forward from several districts across Ontario requesting the Board of Directors to reconsider resuming negotiations with Ontario Corn Producer's Association (OCPA) and the Ontario Wheat Producers' Marketing Board (OWPMB).Following the Committee Members the OSG Board of Directors met where a unanimous decision was made to resume MOU negotiations by meeting with the executives and general managers of OCPA and OWPMB."We had a very positive meeting today, growers expressed their thoughts and shared their ideas on how they think this process should move forward," says Leo Guilbeault, Chair, Ontario Soybean Growers. "Growers presented a very balanced view of what an amalgamated organization could look like and the opinions expressed today will be taken into consideration as this renewed effort moves forward."OSG's recently developed strategic plan was presented at the meeting and was received with positive feedback from growers. The strategic plan complements OSG's mission statement that focuses on grower opportunities and value added initiatives. With the outcome of today's meeting MOU negotiations will be resumed. The participation and dedication of Ontario soybean growers demonstrates a strong dedication to the continued advancement of a viable soybean industry in this province.