CFFO Commentary

Embracing Change

If you want to see the world’s strongest man quake in his boots, say the word “change”; it is a word that strikes fear in the hearts of most.  We don’t like to change. We get settled into our norm and that’s the way we like it.  But, that’s not how the world works. We…

DON and Insurance Coverage in Ontario

Ontario farmers are concerned about this year’s corn harvest. Thanks to consistently wet conditions and a delayed harvest, many farmers are seeing record-high levels of the mould known as Deoxynivalenol (DON), a type of vomitoxin. The problem has also been identified in the US, where even areas that do not typically see problems with vomitoxin,…

A Warming World

The recent Special Report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) finds that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching…

Ontario Water Innovation Week

Everglades Foundation hosted a water tech workshop featuring the George Barley Water Prize (GBWP) in downtown Toronto. This included roundtable discussions on the benefits and challenges of implementing phosphorus removal and recovery technologies in the agricultural sector. The GBWP is a competition to develop technology to remove phosphorus from water and return it to a…

Agri-Day at the Elora Research Farms

This week, the CFFO hosted many of our members and partners on a stimulating day-long tour of several sites at the University of Guelph Research Stations in Elora. As one of the largest agricultural research farms in Canada, the Elora Research Station has over 2,300 acres dedicated to supporting intensive research in agriculture. Much of…

The Glyphosate Challenge

The roller coaster ride for the use of glyphosate continues due to recent rulings in California and Brazil. These decisions have been closely watched by both those who see the need to use this product and by those who are concerned about its effects on human health. In August, a California court ruled in favour…

Agriculture and the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement: The Devil’s in the Detail

Negotiating international agreements of any sort creates winners and losers in a new world order.  While the ultimate impact on losers under this Agreement will take some time to evaluate, supply managed agricultural industries in Canada are clearly losers and initial reactions indicate that they will be seriously hit by the changes. How can we…

Ontario Agriculture Week: It’s not Just about the Food

Ontario Agriculture Week was proclaimed by the provincial government in 1998, and Ontarians have been observing it ever since. The week, which begins October 1st this year, is a noteworthy celebration of the blessings we receive in our exceptional corner of the world. In many ways, Ontario is synonymous with abundance. Over 70,000 farmers are…

Agriculture Bill Introduces “Green Brexit”

On September 12, the new Agriculture Bill was introduced in the United Kingdom Parliament. Once enacted, the legislation will cover a broad range of agricultural issues. Of interest in the press most recently is discussion about the Agriculture Bill’s Environmental Land Management System that will pay farmers and land managers for environmental benefits, or public…

The People’s Perspective on a National Food Policy

Last week, the federal government released the What We Heard Report, outlining the results of its nation-wide consultation on a Food Policy for Canada. In 2017, Canadians offered an overwhelming amount of feedback through regional meetings, a national summit, written submissions, and an online survey (completed by 45,000 people). There is no confirmed release date…