2017 Soybean Harvest

2017 Soybean Harvest

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Injured Dairy Farmer gets relief and keeps relief

A decision of the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal in favour Ontario Dairy farmer Michael Vandergeest has been upheld on a review application. Vandergeest, who was forced to sell out his dairy quota after suffering a serious injury in 2008, was granted a partial exemption by the Tribunal from the 15% quota transfer assessment payable on the sale of dairy quota. In Vandergeest's case, the assessment payable to the Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) would have been nearly $63,000. The Tribunal lowered this amount by half, but the DFO sought a review of the decision. On review, the Tribunal found that its decision was proper. A full assessment exemption was not appropriate because Vandergeest's quota, over 28 years in business, had appreciated considerably. However, his serious injury that cut short his farming career was an extraordinary event and warranted a partial exemption.

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/tribunal/vandergeest-review-dec.htm