CFFO Commentary

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Funding Farmer Mental Health

This week, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman, convened a stakeholder’s roundtable on mental health challenges facing the agriculture industry. Research conducted in 2016 by University of Guelph professor Andria Jones-Bitton demonstrates that Canadian farmers experience much higher levels of stress, anxiety, and depression than the general population. Roundtable participants, which…

New Year Reflections

An old Scottish proverb states that “if wishes were horses beggars would ride.” As we begin the New Year, many of us may find ourselves making wishes; wishes for health or money or happiness for the year to come. Though wishes in and of themselves are not bad, the proverb emphasizes that a wish on…

Year’s Closing

“The winds of change have begun to blow” is a popular phrase that we often hear in folklore and fairy tales. This year, as I watched the autumn winds blowing the leaves about and the changing landscape as harvest gave way to winter, I couldn’t help but think it’s an apt saying—at least when it…

The Season of Joy

If the old saying “time flies when you’re having fun” is true, we must be having loads of fun. The year 2018 is almost part of history but it seems it just started. When we look back over the last 50 weeks or so, a lot has happened but not always by having fun. Planting…

Expect Rising Food Prices Next Year

The recent Canada’s Food Price Report, released annually by the University of Guelph and Dalhousie University, concluded that overall food prices in Canada could increase by 3.5 percent, or about $411 for every four-person household. Two important factors have been found to be driving the projected increase in food prices. The first is the expectation…

Planning for Growth in Ontario

Last month, the Ontario Growth Secretariat of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing hosted a Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Planning Stakeholder Forum. The meeting brought together over 200 representatives of organizations with an interest in managing growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario was represented at one of dozens…

Young Farmer

The Need for Big Conversation

We know that change is constant. The agriculture industry is just one of many that is constantly changing. We also know that to survive and move forward does take effort and acceptance of new or different methods, procedures and results. Change in agriculture has been significant over the last three decades, and it continues as…

Ontario’s “Plan for the People “

Last week’s fall economic outlook was followed this week with Mr. Ford saying during his press conference on 20 November, “My friends, this review is our roadmap to fiscal recovery.” To deal with what the PCs now estimate is a $15 billion structural deficit they say they are already cutting the deficit by finding $3.2…

Embracing Change

If you want to see the world’s strongest man quake in his boots, say the word “change”; it is a word that strikes fear in the hearts of most.  We don’t like to change. We get settled into our norm and that’s the way we like it.  But, that’s not how the world works. We…

DON and Insurance Coverage in Ontario

Ontario farmers are concerned about this year’s corn harvest. Thanks to consistently wet conditions and a delayed harvest, many farmers are seeing record-high levels of the mould known as Deoxynivalenol (DON), a type of vomitoxin. The problem has also been identified in the US, where even areas that do not typically see problems with vomitoxin,…