CFFO Commentary

Agvocating From a Consumers Perspective Part 2

Farmers are under huge pressure to change their practices to please the consumer. Activist groups like PETA and NON GMO projects distribute advertisements and undercover videos to get their message across.  They have tainted the perspective of what farming is really like, leading to misunderstandings of daily practices on the farm. Last week I discussed…

Agvocating From a Consumers Perspective

Farmers are under huge pressure to change their practices to please the consumer. Activist groups like PETA and NON GMO projects distribute advertisements and undercover videos to get their message across.  They have tainted the perspective of what farming is really like, leading to misunderstandings of daily practices on the farm. In this series of…

Uncontrolled Current in Ontario

Many people are familiar with the term stray voltage, a decades-old concern that has caused grief to many Ontario farmers over the years. Decades ago it seemed logical to ground the electricity from our buildings into the earth; excess voltage would simply disappear. Today we know differently. Today because of greater awareness and better testing…

2016 – The UN International Year of Pulses

The United Nations declares a focus each year on an issue of importance in global agriculture. Last year was the International Year of Soils, the year before was the International Year of Family Farming. 2016 has been declared the International Year of Pulses. Unlike soils or family farms, the term “pulses” is not as familiar…

New Year, New Opportunities

Analysis is now flowing in measuring how things fared in the year 2015, and projections are coming forward about what to expect in 2016. Experts, including those at FCC, are looking at new trends in weather and economic patterns to predict what lies ahead. This is a good time of year to step back and…

New Year 2016

As 2015 draws to a close we look back on the priorities and accomplishments of the past year and begin to set our goals for 2016.  In the past year the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario or CFFO has played a role in informing the government about key concerns shared by farmers across Ontario.  The…

Christmas Wishes and a Look Back

Well it’s Christmas time again. How fast a year seems to go by. The holiday time should be more enjoyable this year since the harvest was early due to wonderful fall weather. We wish everyone a wonderful Christmas season with family, friends and neighbours, as we remember God’s gift of love to the world. As…

Another Good Reason to Protect Farmland

As we continue to experience a warmer than average December in Ontario, changing weather patterns are on many people’s minds. Shifts in weather create new challenges for farmers, sometimes creating windows of opportunity, sometimes causing devastating loss. Resiliency in the face of changing and more severe weather will be important for farmers, and needs to…

Young Farmer

Agriculture is Getting Younger

2015 is almost in the history books and looking back on all that has occurred I’m coming to the conclusion that agriculture is getting younger. Based on my travels across the province and in seeing what’s happening in the countryside and from speaking to farmers themselves there is good news at the end of a…

Executive Board 2016

CFFO’s New Leadership

On Dec. 1, 2015 the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO) held their Annual General Meeting at St. George Banquet Hall in Waterloo where elections for President, Vice-Presidents and Directors took place. The CFFO saw a change in leadership as Clarence Nywening was elected as the new CFFO President. Nywening is a broiler-breeder operator and…