CFFO Commentary

Farm Diversity in Ontario

The diversity in Ontario Agriculture and the different regions of the province can make legislation less beneficial for some of Ontario’s farmers. This became apparent as CFFO staff traveled the province during our 2016 Policy Tour, meeting in each of the federation’s 21 districts. Travelling through the province, one sees the beauty of creation regardless…

National Soil Conservation Week

Today is the final day of National Soil Conservation Week. While soil stewardship is important all year round it is helpful to have a week to put soil in the limelight. Soil health plays a vital role in the quality of our food, but also of our water and air. Soil Conservation Week is promoted…

Protecting Farmland – Ontario Farmland Trust

Land use policy, especially as it relates to farmland, is coming under greater scrutiny as Ontario continues to grow, and our urban areas continue to expand. Two speakers at the CFFO March Provincial Council meeting focused on the issue of farmland policy, each from a different perspective. We had presentations from FarmStart, an organization helping…

FarmStart

New farmers face many challenges as they attempt to get established in the business of farming. This is the second of two commentaries focusing on new farmers. Last week’s commentary examined the issues of farm size and financial risk from the perspective of starting farmers. This week’s commentary looks at land use policy relating to…

Challenges for New Farmers

New farmers face many challenges as they attempt to get established in the business of farming. This is the first of two commentaries focusing on new farmers. Next week’s commentary will discuss FarmStart, an organization helping new farmers. This week’s commentary challenges us to think about farms size and financial risk from the perspective of…

Easter Gifts

This weekend the Christian community celebrates the gift of life through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many churches, both country and city, will be full this weekend for the Easter celebrations with people reflecting on the real purpose of life and their responsibilities. It is a time where the church of Christ remembers…

Canadian Agricultural Safety Week

Family farming is one of the bastions of family owned and run businesses that still survive and thrive in our contemporary economy. Farming creates a special opportunity for family members to work together, and for children to see, and in many cases learn, what their parents do for a living. Many farmers say that they…

Changing the Conversation about Antibiotics

Antibiotic use for farm animals is coming under greater scrutiny. It was the focus of a meeting I attended at Floradale Feed Mill hosted for their sales staff and employees on Tuesday February 16. The speaker for the day was Dr. Leah Dorman. Dr. Dorman is a large animal veterinarian, trained as a foreign animal…

Acres of Food Production in Ontario

There is ongoing debate about the importance of protecting farmland in Ontario. A recent article from the Fraser Institute entitled “Only markets can determine best use for Ontario cropland” raises the question of who should determine the use of farmland. The authors of this article, Glenn Fox, Yi Wang and Kenneth P. Green, studied whether…

Mitigating the Risk of Barn Fires

Southern Ontario has suffered a heartbreaking series of barn fires this winter. These devastating losses have brought barn fire safety issues to the fore. It is unfortunate that it often takes tragedies like these to spur greater action on an issue. Hopefully many more possible fires will now be prevented, along with the accompanying devastating…