CFFO Commentary

Drones for Aerial Agricultural Applications

Agricultural applications, such as pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers, are a routine aspect of farm life, as some crops require these additions to thrive, as well as to protect against pests. Application methods have not changed drastically over the years as some choose to use a manual sprayer attached to a backpack, tractors equipped with…

Global Dairy Producers Fighting over a Small Slice of the Pie

Early next week, the Supply Management Committee of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario is meeting with representatives from a number of supply managed commodity boards. The goal is to learn more about growth for new entrants and plans for long-term sustainability. The CFFO Supply Management Committee invited Dr. Bruce Muirhead of the University of…

Succession or Not

The CFFO has always looked to the future when developing today’s policy. That’s because we are positive about agriculture. Like our members, we are eternal optimists. Farmers tend to look ahead and see opportunity each year. Planning is an integral part of farming. However, we continually see a lack of foresight when it comes to…

Predation and Ontario’s Wildlife Damage Compensation Program

The Algonquin Wolf is listed under the Endangered Species Act 2007 and is currently a part of a recovery strategy to improve the number of wolves living and thriving in Ontario. A recent draft recovery strategy recommends preserving the natural habitat of the wolf and reducing trapping and hunting. This week, the CFFO submitted comments…

National Days in February Mark Agriculture’s Importance

Our country likes to celebrate, and as such, our calendar is full of holidays, national days and other celebrations. Some are more sentimental, like the upcoming Valentine’s Day, while others border on the ridiculous, like National Hot Sauce Day. The Christian Farmers Federation would like to highlight two February dates that we think hold special…

2018 Farm Smart Conference

On January 20th, 2018, I was able to attend the Farm Smart 2018 Conference. Farm Smart is a day-long event featuring workshops and speakers on agriculture and ag-related topics. The conference is an excellent educational opportunity for farmers, ranging from practical workshops such as “Direct Marketing Strategies” to inspirational workshops such as “New Ventures and…

Timing Matters: Winter Spreading

Farmers have always been stewards of the land. However, over the last few years Lake Erie has had a tremendous problem with algal blooms, especially in summer. Sometimes it’s been so bad that municipalities and cities that take their potable water out of Lake Erie could not do so because of contamination, not to mention…

Using Marketing Systems to Remain Competitive

Any industry that wants to stay competitive today needs to choose its customers and/or market base and provide a consistent quality product. This business approach applies to food production as well. During a recent district Christian Farmers Association discussion, members generally agreed that for Canadian farmers to remain successful they need to continue to focus…

Grey Bruce Farmers Week

This year marks the 52nd annual Grey Bruce Farmers week.  Grey Bruce Farmers Week started in 1968 and was originally a conference several days long focusing on dairy, beef and crops. The conference has since evolved and is now an annual conference held every year in January, dedicated to providing extensive information on major agricultural…

Soil in the Spotlight

Pushing right to the end of the year, December 31 saw the close of the consultation window on “New Horizons: Ontario’s Draft Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy.” The Soil Health Strategy puts the spotlight on something which does not have the charm or public appeal of cute baby animals or sprawling green vistas. It…