CFFO Commentary

The Local Struggle Against Cheap Imported Food

This week we’re celebrating the local food our farmers produce for us during Local Food Week from June 4th to 10th. During this week we appreciate all the nutritious, fresh food that is produced here in Ontario. As Ontario residents, we are lucky to be living in an area with highly productive farmlands. We have…

The Power of the Rural Vote

As we come into the final week of the Ontario election 2018, this has been a dramatic campaign to watch. After three broadcasted debates, the parties continue to fight to win over voters in ridings all across the province. Based on current polls, it seems unlikely that we will see the same urban/rural divide we…

Phosphorus Innovation in Holland Marsh

Scientists agree that there are some boundaries in the earth’s ecology that cannot be crossed. One of those is the level of nutrients in our freshwater bodies. The amount of nutrients, particularly phosphorus and nitrogen, that we put into our lakes, rivers, and watersheds has reached the point of critical concern. The effects include loss…

Political Will Necessary for Water Stewardship

With the provincial election approaching, the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario is reaching out to provincial candidates on three key issues for farming communities: agri-food sector success, farmland preservation, and water stewardship. This week’s focus has been on water stewardship. Ontario agriculture’s future success will rely on optimal use and management of water for food…

Political Will Necessary for Farmland Preservation

This May, the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario is reaching out to provincial candidates on three key issues for farming communities: agri-food sector success, farmland preservation, and water stewardship. This week’s focus has been on farmland preservation. CFFO district leaders across the province reached out to candidates and local media to voice concerns about the…

Political Will Necessary for Agri-food Success

Provincial elections take place on June 7, and campaigns are (unofficially) in full swing. This May, the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario is bringing attention to three key issues for farming communities: agri-food sector success, farmland preservation, and water stewardship. This week’s focus has been on agri-food sector success. In 2017, the Barton Report recognized…

Ontario’s High Speed Rail

Last year, the premier of Ontario announced plans to build a high speed rail system across Southern Ontario. The plan consists of two phases which, when completed, will connect Windsor to Toronto through Chatham, London, Kitchener, and Guelph. According to the Ministry of Transportation, Phase One (from Toronto to London) is set for completion by…

Better Conversations around Agriculture

Last week was the Farm and Food Care Ontario Speakers Program, which focused on public conversations about agriculture.  Keynote speaker Tamar Haspel described how to reach out to the public in ways that spark people’s interest and encourage engagement in meaningful discussion. Connecting with a public audience is a skill that seems to be at…

Producer CAP Funding – Focus on Soil and Water

Soil health and water quality issues continue to be high on the government’s agenda. Several years of consultations, working groups and revised drafts have now resulted in two major documents: the recently completed Canada-Ontario Lake Erie Action Plan, which addresses phosphorus loss, and the soon-to-be completed Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy. These same priorities…

What is the future of agricultural organizations?

The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario welcomed guest speaker Dr. Rene Van Acker to its Annual Meeting and Leadership Summit, held on March 27. Dr. Van Acker is Professor and Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) at the University of Guelph. The CFFO asked him to discuss the future of agricultural organizations. How can…