Written by Treena Hein, Ontario Grain Farmer Magazine | This March, the Ontario Professional Agri-Contractors Association (OPACA) held its third AGM, adding more members, taking stock of past accomplishments and setting the path ahead. OPACA was created so that custom farming business owners could better manage the challenges of the present and future, while improving its collective relationship with government, the public and the environment. The need for the organization first became clear, says one of OPACA’s founders, Sonke Claussen (of Claussen Farms Custom Farming in Brucefield, Ontario) during the PEDv epidemic of 2014/2015. To support equipment improvements to help contain [...]
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Written by Jennifer Glenney, Farmtario | Custom work can benefit a farmer’s operation. But it’s important that the farmer knows what they want, and that they’re able to work with and trust the operators to complete the field work. At the 2019 FarmSmart conference, held at the University of Guelph, a panel of three farmers discussed their thoughts on a successful road to custom operators completing your field work. The panel consisted of Mark Luymes of Luymes Farms in Moorefield, Ontario, Al Hoftzyer with VanAgri Custom Services in Lucan, Ontario and Fiete Suhr of Port Elgin, a cash crop farmer. Why [...]
Written by Treena Hein, Ontario Grain Farmer Magazine | On September 13, the Ontario Professional Agri Contractors Association (OPACA) held its first AGM. It is hoped that the existence of the OPACA will herald in a new era where custom farming businesses will have more resources, a more efficient and effective collective relationship with government, and better rapport with the public. In the end, it’s anticipated that whatever specific activities OPACA engages in, they will enable its members to manage a wide range of issues to the betterment of member businesses, other stakeholders, and the environment. The group’s existence stems from [...]