CFFO Commentary

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…

Season of Anticipation

This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent. The season of Advent is a time of anticipation. We look forward with hope to celebrating the coming of Christ into the world. We wait on the promise of new beginnings and new life. We celebrate with joy in the face of darkness, and hold close the love…

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The CFFO 2015 Annual Convention: Emerging Opportunities in Ontario Agriculture

Emerging Opportunities for Ontario Agriculture is the focus of this year’s annual convention. The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO) is gearing up for another amazing Convention & Banquet. We want to invite our members, supporters and friends of the organization to join us on Tuesday December 1st at St. George Banquet Hall in Waterloo, just minutes away from…

Farm Profitability – A Key Part of Sustainability

Sustainability is a concept that is getting a lot of attention lately. Sustainability rests on three key points: social, environmental, and economic. With a new federal Liberal government in office and a Climate Change Conference on the horizon, we might expect greater emphasis on the environmental pillar going forward. At the moment, however, the new…

Justin Trudeau

Federal Election Results

On Tuesday Canadians awoke to a change in federal government with the Liberal Party elected to a comfortable majority. Although the new cabinet and shadow cabinets have not yet been selected, it is worth examining the results for the five participants in the National Agricultural Leaders Debate to see who might be advocating for agricultural…

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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.…

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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…