Organic: What’s in a Word?

Organic Week runs from September 16th-24th and celebrates farmers, consumers and processors involved in the organic agriculture system. The market for organics in Ontario is now more than $1.4 billion per year and is growing by about 10 percent annually. As market demand rises for organic produce and goods, organic farming has become an increasingly…

Taxation and Family Farm Succession

We know that farm succession planning and transfer of farming assets to the next generation of farmers continues to be a concern in Canada. According to the 2016 Census data, only 8.4% of farms have written succession plans. Those pushing for the importance of farm succession planning are concerned about the hurtles our current taxation…

Summit on Canadian Soil Health

This August the Soil Conservation Council of Canada hosted a Summit on Canadian Soil Health, including a Pre-Summit Tour at sites in Wellington and Perth. After two days of site visits, and excellent speakers, Don Lobb, farmer and award-winning soil health leader, closed out the presentations with a challenge to all present. He encouraged a…

Deflating Soil Compaction

Technology continues to bring in new ideas to lower negative impacts on soils during crop production. For example, scientists are concerned that the compaction of soil, due to heavy machinery, is taking away the full potential of food production. In 2011, Ontario hog producer Jake Kraayenbrink won the Premiers Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, thanks…

A Food Policy for Canada

August 31st is the last day to have your say on the development of the federal Food Policy for Canada. The Food Policy for Canada is a far-reaching initiative, with the power to affect our economy, environment, and social programs. It will set the national direction on issues like food safety, security, sustainability, affordability, and…

Sharing Perspectives Creatively

On Saturday, August 12th, I had the opportunity to attend the Perspectives Potluck on behalf of the CFFO, hosted on the Craig Family Farm in Arthur, Ontario. The goal of the workshop was to bring people together from various areas of expertise and experience, and bridge knowledge gaps between members of the community. The attendees…

Battling Food Insecurity in Ontario

Food security is a hot topic in the media today, as more research is conducted into what makes people food secure. Food insecurity is a multi-faceted issue that cannot be explained simply as being caused by living too far away from food, or not having enough. The issue is complicated and encompasses many factors. Food…

A New Idea of Efficiency?

As part of the new Strategy for a Waste Free Ontario, the government is consulting on a discussion paper called Addressing Food and Organic Waste in Ontario. Although the proposal does acknowledge the need to reduce and prevent food waste, the real focus is on reducing how much organic waste ends up in landfills and…

Connecting with the Consumer

The agriculture and food processing industry has been working hard to connect with its customers. Most, if not all industries, have some kind of relationship with their customers. Often a cooperative, informed and somewhat personal relationship is what keeps the business relationship going. Many of Ontario agriculture’s supporting organizations have been working diligently on growing…

The Value of Community

CBC’s “The Current” this week shared the stories of those dealing with the B.C. wildfires, including firefighters on the front lines, those who lost their homes and neighbourhoods, and a local mayor, who are all grappling with the impact of these fires. Listening to their stories, I was struck by the powerful expressions of community…