CFFO Commentary

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…

CFFO Resolutions

It is estimated that this New Years, over forty per cent of Canadians will make a New Year’s resolution. Of these New Year’s resolutions, close to nineteen per cent will be broken within the first twenty-four hours. Despite the fact that so many people fail to keep their resolutions, it still remains a good way…

Wintertime Reflection, Advent Anticipation

December brings with it a mixture of reflection and anticipation. We wonder what changes the New Year will bring. At the same time, we reflect on the events of the past months. 2017 has been a full year for those involved in agriculture. The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario has had the privilege of responding,…

Farm Succession Stories from Eastern Ontario

Farm succession continues to be a topic of discussion and concern among farmers today. This topic has been covered on more occasions in this medium in the past. There are several differing opinions on the number of farms and the dollar amount which is assumed will change generational hands over the next 10-15 years. Recently,…

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…