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D U F F E R I N F E D E R A T I O N O F A G R I C U L T U R E

October 2017

Sheep Farm or Solar Farm or Both?

Don Lewis is this year’s

featured speaker at the DFA

annual meeting.

Come out and hear how Don

has literally stacked a couple

of the family’s many

enterprises.

Don Lewis is no stranger to

the world of farming. For

over 100 years the family

name has been involved in

agriculture in southern Grey

County. Together with his

family, Don Lewis operates

Lewis Land & Stock, a

partnership enterprise

comprised of Eweville

Station, Bogle Pass Angus

and Lewis Farm in Southgate

Township, near Holstein,

Ontario.

Between all of the operations,

they grow a multitude of

crops, including wheat, corn,

canola, oats, soybeans, white

beans and hay crops. They

also raise a commercial sheep

flock, beef and dairy cows.

For Don, farming is a way of

life.

Farmers feed the

world. And it’s a

lifestyle. I like doing

what I do.

Did you know?

• OVER 500 FARMS IN DUFFERIN

ARE REPRESENTED BY OFA

• BEEF IS #1 IN FARM CASH

RECIEPTS AT $27.7 M IN 2013

• DAIRY WAS #2 AT $17.4 M

• POTATOES PRODUCED IN 2013

REACHED $16.5 M

• 35% OF FARMS IN DUFFERIN

HAVE SALES IN EXCESS OF

$50,000 ANNUALLY

• FARMERS ARE THE STEWARDS

THAT CONTROL AND CARE FOR

OVER 48% OF ALL LAND IN

DUFFERIN

• 5 ACRES PER DAY! THE RATE OF

FARMLAND LOST IN DUFFERIN

Inside this issue:

DFA Annual Meeting in Shelburne—Tues. Oct. 24

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

7:30 pm

Shelburne Ag Hall

377 William St

Dufferin Federation of

Agriculture’s Annual Meeting is

an opportunity for Dufferin

OFA members to touch base

with other local members.

Get the scoop on what’s gone on

in the last year locally and

across the province with reports

from your President, Bill

McCutcheon, your OFA

Policy Advisory Councilor,

Leo Blydorp and your OFA

director, Mark Reusser.

Warden Darren White is

coming to speak on

Dufferin’s Economic

Development Plan and

agriculture is a key player.

DFA Director positions are

also available for those

Dufferin OFA members who

would like to do more.

Contact Gord Grant, OFA

Member Service Representative

for more details at 877-343-5444

or gord.grant@ofa.on.ca

Your OFA Regional Meeting

occurs in conjunction with your

DFA Annual Meeting. This is

your chance to approve a slate of

convention delegates and your

2017/2018 Policy Advisory

Councilor.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE 2

AG IS BIG BIZ 2

STOP TAX CHANGES 3

62 CENTS 3

ANNUAL MEETING 4

OFA REGIONAL 4

DFA DIRECTORS 4


Bill McCutcheon is a sheep

producer near Monticello.

President’s Message

2017—the year of too much water

and not enough heat. Also the year

when extra vigilance is needed for

predators and politicians.

For those members attempting to

put up some quality hay in 2017,

please accept my condolences.

To those members in their corn

fields checking maturity, good

luck and god speed to the black

line.

For those members with calves

and lambs on pasture, my best

wishes that they make it to market

and don’t become food for the

Queen’s dog packs aka coyotes.

And, if they do become coyote

cuisine, I wish you good luck in

getting decent compensation from

the Queens’s agents. They have

become too fussy and frugal

with our tax dollars in regards

to predator compensation.

As for politicians I will suggest

that we should apply the same

rule that applies to wildlife.

Stop feeding them. Nothing

good comes of feeding wildlife

or politicians. They just

become bolder and more

brazen.

Taxation changes to

corporations proposed by the

federal government threaten

the flexibility that incorporated

family farms have come to rely

on to assist in succession.

Conserving hard-earned

income in good years has

helped many get through the

bad years. Accountants in the

field working with agriculture

have been quoted as saying to

farmers, “This is the hill to

die on .” Please read the

article on the next page and

“Act Now.”

My thanks to past and present

directors for all their good

work. Your efforts are

appreciated. As always, I

extend my invitation to other

members to bring their talents

to the DFA board table.

Thank you!

Bill McCutcheon

Message to Dufferin Councils—Ag is Big Biz!

DFA directors have been making

the rounds to

municipal councils

in 2017. The

message is simple,

Ag is Big

Business!

To back up that

statement,

councillors were

given a booklet

packed with ag

statistics for

Dufferin and

Ontario.

The intent of

this exercise is

to encourage

dialogue about

the impact of

agriculture

and the

importance of farming to local

economies.

Municipalities have a role to

play in helping grow and retain

ag enterprises in Dufferin. The

big finish to the DFA

presentation was to refer

councillors to a helpful

document, Checklist to

Support Agricultural

Growth in Your

Municipality.

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Act Now—tell MPs that farmers won’t stand for tax changes

Incorporated farm businesses in

Ontario are facing devastating

tax implications if the federal

government approves proposed

changes to the private

corporation tax system. About

25% of farm businesses in

Ontario and Canada are

incorporated, and could be hit

with a hike in accounting and

succession planning fees, and

severe limitations on farm

transfer options to the next

generation.

The implications of the

proposed tax changes could be

damaging to farm businesses

across the country. Many farms,

including incorporated farms,

are passed down from

generation to generation

Incorporation is a way of

structuring a business that many

farmers and small business

owners across Canada have

decided makes sense for their

business. But the term

‘corporate’ has no bearing on

the size or type of farm.

Incorporated farm businesses in

Canada are mostly family

owned and operated.

Incorporation of any farm is a

62 Cents a Day

OFA and the other two

accredited farm organizations

are proposing a fee increase. If

accepted by the province then

the new fee in 2018 will be

$225, equivalent to 62 cents per

day.

Your 62¢ will fund the

activities of DFA locally. Your

62¢ will continue to support the

activities of CFA on the federal

stage. Your 62¢ keeps OFA

directors on the road lobbying

hard on your behalf across the

province.

serious business decision that

often comes with increased

complexity and fees from

advisors such as accountants and

lawyers. One of the primary

reasons businesses choose to

incorporate is to limit their

liability and protect their personal

assets such as their home.

Incorporation can also play a key

role in passing the family farm

business down to the next

generation and ensure the

continuity of the business. That’s

why Ontario and Canadian

farmers aren’t taking the

proposed changes lightly.

Consultations on the tax changes

are only open until October 2

with implementation scheduled

for January 1, 2018. [Please keep

the letters coming past the

consultation period.] This

aggressive schedule immediately

undoes a generation or more of

succession planning and requires

quick decisions to be made that

will significantly affect future

generations. The Ontario

Federation of Agriculture (OFA)

is asking all farmers – especially

those with incorporated farm

businesses who will be impacted

Support OFA in this effort with a

positive email sent to

ontariocanada.com/registry

62¢ - too little or too much?

Either way have your say.

by these proposed changes – to

talk to their MP about the serious

implications to primary agriculture

and farmers across Canada.

We have to act now. And OFA is

making it easy to speak up and tell

our elected officials that Canadian

farm businesses won’t stand for

this drastic overhaul of the private

corporation tax system that would

add complexity and uncertainty to

any farmer with an incorporated

farm business.

ACT NOW

Visit actnow.ofa.on.ca to speak up

and send a letter to your MP letting

them know the changes will be

devastating to your farm and

farmers across Ontario and

Canada. We need to act now,

consultations are only open for a

few more weeks and if approved,

these changes will go into effect on

January 1, 2018.

The federal government needs to

understand the consequences of

these proposed tax changes and the

impacts they could have to

farmers, farm families, rural

communities and our agri-food

industry are simply unacceptable.

For more information, contact:

Mark Wales, Director

Ontario Federation of Agriculture

519-773-6706

Neil Currie, General Manager

Ontario Federation of Agriculture

519-821-8883

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D U F F E R I N F E D E R A T I O N O F A G R I C U L T U R E

PO Box 101

Orangeville, ON

L9W 2Z5

sherri.dfa@hotmail.com

DFA Annual Meeting

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

7:30 pm

Shelburne Ag Hall, 377 William St.

Sheep Farm or Solar Farm or Both?

Dufferin OFA Annual Regional Meeting

Board Meetings

2016-2017 DFA Board

OFA Regional

Light refreshments will be

served at the meeting.

Gord Grant

DFA News Editor

Comments welcomed!

2nd Tuesday of the month

Holmes Agro Boardroom

Orangeville

Monthly DFA board

meetings are open to

members and guests. The

board meets 11 times a year.

Please call ahead to confirm

the meeting time and

location.

OFA Rep

OFA is the only accredited

farm organization that has a

system of field reps across

the province ready to assist at

the local level.

Your rep is

Gord Grant

Dufferin, Waterloo, Wellington

1-877-343-5444

Fax: 877-638-9493

gord.grant@ofa.on.ca

President-Bill McCutcheon

1 st VP-George Van Kampen

2 nd VP-Gail Little

Leo Blydorp

Chris Ryan

Brian Curtis

Murray Smeltzer

Heather Foster

Bob Gordanier

Thank you directors for taking

your time to further the

interests of your industry.

The DFA is always interested

in other OFA members who

might consider taking a turn at

directorship. Please feel free to

contact your president, Bill

McCutcheon (519-766-7905)

or your OFA rep, Gord Grant

(1-877-343-5444).

The OFA Annual Regional

Meeting for Dufferin is held

in conjunction with the DFA

Annual Meeting. This

meeting is your opportunity to

elect and direct the OFA

convention delegates that will

speak for you at the upcoming

OFA Convention. The

convention will be held in

Toronto on November 20 and

21, 2017. Three delegates are

eligible to attend for Dufferin.

This is also your chance to

determine the OFA Policy

Advisory Councilor (PAC)

for your region for the next

year. These advisors meet

four times a year to offer their

insights and farm community

perspectives on key issues.

Leo Blydorp is your current

Policy Advisory Councilor.

If you are interested in

nominating or being

nominated for these positions,

please contact Bill

McCutcheon (519-766-7905)

or Gord Grant, OFA (1-877-

343-5444).

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