CFFO Commentary

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Agricultural Election Issues

As Election Day approaches anticipation among Canadians is building. We are eager to see the culmination of one of the longest election campaigns in Canadian history, and certainly in living memory. Rural and urban voters alike will want to consider agricultural issues as they go to the ballot boxes, since, after all, we all eat.…

harvest table with pumpkins and flowers

Thanksgiving 2015

This is Canada’s Thanksgiving Day weekend, a time of reflection and recognition of what is valued in life. As families and friends gather together on this holiday, it is a good time to ask ourselves, “what am I thankful for in my life?” Harvesting is well under way after a growing season of ups and…

Farmland Losses in Ontario

In this, the United Nations “International Year of Soils” we read reports indicating large blocks of Ontario farmland are being lost to urbanization. Is it fact or fiction? It really depends on what you call farmland. When comparing the 2011 census to the 2006 census the reduced acreage reported is in fact 350 acres per…

Your Voice Matters

The upcoming federal election on October 19 is an opportunity for rural Ontario to make its presence known. Rural Ontario has felt somewhat marginalized within the political landscape since the last provincial election. Very few rural ridings have representation within the governing provincial liberal party. Since ridings are similar federally and provincially this gives opportunity…

Farm Succession Planning – Preparing for the Unexpected

In my previous commentary on farm succession planning I wrote about our own experience of transferring the family farm to the next generation. Even at the time of writing, but certainly in the weeks that followed, I have been considering another problem, which I know all too well; the fact that farm families often start…

Soil Health Part III – Innovation with Cover Crops

This year has been declared the International Year of Soils by the United Nations. This is the third of three commentaries highlighting speakers from the Soil Health Day I recently attended organized by agricultural consultant Ruth Knight. I previously discussed the important relationship between living plants and soil life and maximizing the value of animals.…

Soil Health Part 2 – Animals, Land and Food Density

This year has been declared the International Year of Soils by the United Nations. This is the second of three commentaries highlighting speakers from the Soil Health Day I recently attended organized by agricultural consultant Ruth Knight. I previously discussed the important relationship between living plants and soil life, as presented by Dr. Christine Jones,…

Soil Health Part I – Healthy Relationships

As was mentioned last week, this year has been declared the International Year of Soils by the United Nations. This is the first of three commentaries highlighting speakers from the Soil Health Day I recently attended organized by agricultural consultant Ruth Knight. Dr. Christine Jones, visiting scholar from Australia, was the keynote speaker. Dr. Jones…

Succession Planning

SUCCESSION PLANNING Back when I was in grade 5 and 6, I often checked the time on the church steeple, and concluded that older people were wrong when they said that time was moving fast. Now I have noticed that time seems to move a whole lot faster than I once thought it did. Life…

Notice of Elections

Elections for CFFO Executive Board members will take place during the Annual Convention, December 2, 2014.