CFFO Commentary

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…

One Man’s Trash is another’s Treasure

The Ontario government’s proposed strategy to build a circular economy in the province recognizes the economic value of many of the things that we “throw away” into landfills. There is greater economic value in turning trash into treasure whenever this is possible. On February 12 2016, two of our CFFO staff and two members of…

Agricultural Advisory Committees

Many county councils across Ontario have set up Agricultural Advisory Committees to be the connection between local agricultural issues and the county council. Twenty-five years ago an advisory committee would not have been needed. Most rural county councils at that time had a good representation of farmers as councillors and others around the table. Today…

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…