CFFO Commentary

Agriculture and the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement: The Devil’s in the Detail

Negotiating international agreements of any sort creates winners and losers in a new world order.  While the ultimate impact on losers under this Agreement will take some time to evaluate, supply managed agricultural industries in Canada are clearly losers and initial reactions indicate that they will be seriously hit by the changes. How can we…

Ontario Agriculture Week: It’s not Just about the Food

Ontario Agriculture Week was proclaimed by the provincial government in 1998, and Ontarians have been observing it ever since. The week, which begins October 1st this year, is a noteworthy celebration of the blessings we receive in our exceptional corner of the world. In many ways, Ontario is synonymous with abundance. Over 70,000 farmers are…

Agriculture Bill Introduces “Green Brexit”

On September 12, the new Agriculture Bill was introduced in the United Kingdom Parliament. Once enacted, the legislation will cover a broad range of agricultural issues. Of interest in the press most recently is discussion about the Agriculture Bill’s Environmental Land Management System that will pay farmers and land managers for environmental benefits, or public…

The People’s Perspective on a National Food Policy

Last week, the federal government released the What We Heard Report, outlining the results of its nation-wide consultation on a Food Policy for Canada. In 2017, Canadians offered an overwhelming amount of feedback through regional meetings, a national summit, written submissions, and an online survey (completed by 45,000 people). There is no confirmed release date…

High Stakes Environmental Policy in Australia

Only a few weeks ago the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) in Australia had been looking to Prime Minister Turnbull’s proposed National Energy Guarantee (NEG) to provide farmers with a reliable, affordable, “towards lower-emissions” energy source. They supported the NEG because it addressed energy and emissions policy, dealing with repairing the broken national electricity market while…

Cannabis on the Scene

With the legalization of recreational marijuana set for October 17, 2018, have we fully considered the influence this new commodity will have on agriculture in Ontario? For instance, food production may be affected through competition for farmland and farming expertise. Also, international trade partners may take greater caution when importing Canadian food products. Under the…

Dead trees cause problems in Ontario

According to a CBC report in July, northeastern Ontario is experiencing a Spruce budworm infestation. The Spruce budworm is the biggest threat to North American spruce and fir forests, and, on top of that, the resulting dead trees are much more susceptible to forest fires. Threats to entire trees species is not new to Ontario.…

SynBio and Vanilla

Human understanding and our scientific ability to manipulate and control genetics and thus life is rapidly changing with new possibilities opening up all the time. While genetic modification techniques have been possible for a few decades now, the implications of these and newer techniques, and the uses to which they are being put are still…

Love Food Hate Waste

This summer, the federal government launched the Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) campaign with the goal to inspire and empower people to make their food go further for them and ultimately to reduce household food waste. Canada’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign is modeled after the same campaign in the United Kingdom. In the UK,…

Technology over Time

Using technology successfully on the farm is about attitude, not age. That’s the message guests at the CFFO Farming under 40 BBQs heard this summer from tech expert Peter Gredig. Gredig, a cash cropper and partner at AgNition Inc., was our FCC-sponsored speaker. Gredig, who describes himself as “mobile-biased,” argues that every farmer can use…