CFFO Commentary

The Power of Data: Precision Ag

In recent years there has been a movement towards agriculture driven by technology. This includes the transition towards using precision agriculture to enhance farmer empowerment surrounding land management decisions. Precision agriculture was the focus of a presentation at the Latornell Conservation Symposium. This conference included many workshops centered around agriculture and related topics including soil…

Systems Approach to Water Protection

The real world is complex. Trying to manage water within this complexity is a significant challenge. Recognizing systems helps to highlight key relationships, and to take a broader view on issues like water protection. Across the Four Plans in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) region, several systems have been identified, including an Agricultural System, a…

Ontario’s Economic Outlook

Recently the provincial government released its 2017 Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review which gives its perspective of the economy and the government’s plans. For the last number of years, the CFFO has been encouraging the government to fix its financial house first, before spending more money. Many have criticized the Government of Ontario for how…

Australia’s Water Allocation: Lessons for Ontario

Last week’s Commentary focused on the first of two presentations given at the Provincial Council of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario. The day’s second presentation was offered by Brent Taylor, a water policy analyst with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. Taylor, who also presented at the CFFO’s Water Stewardship Workshop…

Managing Water in Ontario: Conservation Authorities

On November 1st, CFFO held its third and final Provincial Council meeting of the year. We had two speaker presentations, both focused on water management. This week’s commentary focuses on proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act as presented by John Dungavell and Julia Holder, both from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).…

Road Safety in Harvest Time

Safety on Ontario roads continues to be a concern for the police forces across the province. Prevention of fatalities due to automobile accidents takes a lot of effort for these forces. Drivers need to follow the rules of the road not only for themselves but also for the other drivers and passengers that are alongside…

Grassroots Water Governance

  Water quality has been getting a lot of attention in Ontario lately, and with good reason. But let’s not forget about water quantity. Variable weather patterns, agricultural water use, and water access rights will have a future impact on Ontario’s farmers. Water quantity is a key policy issue for the Christian Farmers Federation of…

Agri-Day Reflections

“We value our past, we believe in our future.” This was the theme for the CFFO’s 2017 Agri-Day, a day devoted to agriculture, its history and its future. This year we put a new spin on our old convention format by getting our members outside and engaging with others in the agriculture community. Agri-Day was…

Supporting Agriculture in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

The Ontario government is working to build our agri-food sector across the province. Their most recent initiative is focused on the vibrant agri-food system, from farms to food processors to retail, in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) region. This summer, the Ontario government revised its four Land Use Plans for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH).…

Thankful Stewardship

This week has been Ontario Agriculture Week, providing the perfect opportunity to celebrate agriculture and give thanks in this harvest season. Ontario Agriculture Week celebrates all farmers, whether you are a greenhouse, livestock or specialty crop producer. From October 2-8, people are encouraged to thank a farmer and enjoy local produce. You can celebrate by…