CFFO Commentary

Land Use Writ Large: Changes to Ontario’s Provincial Policy Statement

Ontario’s Provincial Policy Statement is currently under review. The Provincial Policy Statement directs land use planning and guides municipal development for all of Ontario. Changes to the Policy Statement will impact the future of agriculture. This September, the CFFO is focusing on the Provincial Policy Statement review during our annual Stewardship & Policy Committee series.…

Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers

As we approach the latter half of the season farmers will be busy gearing up for harvest. For those that were able to spare a day this past week, Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show offered an excellent opportunity to learn about what’s currently happening in the industry. Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program offered another excellent opportunity…

CFFO’s Balanced Approach to Advocacy

The CFFO’s goal in our farming advocacy is to take a long-term view of what is best for the whole of agriculture. We recognize that over time the party in power will change. Strong local relationships with MPPs, regardless of party, whether in government or opposition, are the foundation of our relationship to government as…

How Can We Ever Clean up Lake Erie?

Lake Erie algal problems are nothing new. They’ve been high on the international scientific and political agendas for decades, with international commitments for a clean-up governed by the US–Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The most recent bi-national Lakewide Action and Management Plan for Lake Erie (2019-2023) was drafted by the Lake Erie Partnership, a…

Agricultural Fairs: Fellowship, Fun and Farming

This is the time of year, we begin to anticipate the changing of the season. The days are getting a little shorter and the first signs of leaves changing colour will soon be spotted. This is also about the time of year that you will notice that Fall Fair season is once again here. Local…

CFFO Agri-Day: Experience Bee Farming in Niagara

This year, the CFFO is pleased to be hosting our annual Agri-Day in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Agri-Day is inspired by the diversity of Ontario agriculture. Our goal is to offer members and others opportunities to experience this diversity firsthand. This year, we’re celebrating Ontario’s rich history of bee farming, in coordination with the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association. On…

Showing Support for Canadian Farmers

Agriculture is one of the unique industries that both affects, and is affected by, everyone. Besides providing healthy food, farming has a direct effect on economic activity and the environment—both on farms and beyond the fields. When farmers adopt best environmental practices, we all benefit from not only the food and economic activity but also…

Managing Nutrients with Best Management Practices

The ongoing work to reduce algal blooms in Lake Erie has moved to many farm fields in Southwestern Ontario where there is intensive cropping on some of the best soils and climate around. Although we know that it is not the only source, we do know that agriculture has contributed to the challenge of nutrients…

CFFO Hosts Premier and fellow MPPs on Farm Tour

The CFFO’s Executive Board brought key concerns to elected officials this week during a farm tour in Lynden. Issues discussed ranged from the importance of farmland preservation to concerns about animal activism. Special guests included Premier Doug Ford, MPP Randy Pettapiece (representing the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) and local MPPs Will Bouma,…

Pursuing Fair Federal Deals

Carbon taxes, pesticide regulations and food policy are three topics CFFO asked Minister Hardeman to take to the table at the Federal-Provincial Agriculture Ministers’ meeting this week. With “business as usual,” Canada is risking fair treatment of our farming sector and worsening trade distortions and business sustainability. Firstly, carbon taxes could raise the cost of…