CFFO Commentary

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…

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,…