Public support enables public trust

The recent political debate over supply management may seem unexpected to many. You might argue that it’s something of a niche issue, so it’s surprising that Maxime Bernier has made abolishing it a major plank in his Conservative leadership campaign platform. What do debates like this one over supply management mean for agriculture? The present…

Timing is Everything

Farmers look forward every year with hope to a new growing season. Each year brings its own challenges and rewards. Last year we had record-breaking wheat harvests in some areas, while other areas suffered badly from the hot dry weather and drought conditions. This year is already proving to be a wet spring. In a…

What the Animal Activists Won’t Tell You

Although the activists at the courthouse on May 4th celebrated the dismissal of charges of mischief against the protestor who gave water to pigs in transport, in fact, that was only a small positive outcome for the protestors from the trial. The bigger victory for the activists was that this case raised a lot of…

White-Tailed Deer Management Policy

White-tailed deer are an iconic species found throughout most of Ontario. Although deer provide many economic benefits, as well as being significant ecologically, they also pose some key risks, especially for farmers. The primary human benefit from white-tailed deer comes from the economic benefits they accrue through hunting. According to the 2007 government “Strategy for…

Mental Health Week

May 1st – 7th is Mental Health Week in Canada. Mental health is a condition that is more widely recognized and which needs further understanding for those experiencing this condition. Mental illnesses are health problems that affect the way we think about ourselves, relate to others, and interact with the world around us. They affect…

Farm vs. City

Most Ontarians remember the bright yellow T-shirts and bumper stickers emblazoned with the slogan “FARMERS FEED CITIES.” Darn right, you might be tempted to think if you happen to be a farmer. A few weeks ago, though, a guest pastor speaking at the annual meeting of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario offered a different…

Power of Life Renewing

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which is indeed the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the…

Government Support for Agricultural Innovation

The federal government has been applauded by leaders in agriculture, research, and agribusiness up and down the value chain for the promises contained in the 2017 federal budget, released just over two weeks ago. The government’s goal is to increase Canada’s agri-food exports to at least $75 billion annually by 2025. With such an ambitious…

Building Leadership Teams

  Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO) District Boards gathered this week for the CFFO 2017 Annual Meeting and Leadership Summit, held in Waterloo at the St. George Banquet Hall. As part of its mission is to bring the relevance of Christian principles to agricultural policy to the agricultural industry in Ontario, the CFFO is…

Knowing Where Your Food Comes From

Agriculture in the Classroom Canada has declared March Agricultural Literacy Month. Along with their various provincial branches, including AgScape in Ontario, the initiative provides educational resources for teaching about agriculture in the classroom and has expanded from a week to a full month because of the demand from educators. But agricultural literacy is not just…