CFFO Commentary

Producer CAP Funding – Focus on Soil and Water

Soil health and water quality issues continue to be high on the government’s agenda. Several years of consultations, working groups and revised drafts have now resulted in two major documents: the recently completed Canada-Ontario Lake Erie Action Plan, which addresses phosphorus loss, and the soon-to-be completed Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy. These same priorities…

What is the future of agricultural organizations?

The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario welcomed guest speaker Dr. Rene Van Acker to its Annual Meeting and Leadership Summit, held on March 27. Dr. Van Acker is Professor and Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) at the University of Guelph. The CFFO asked him to discuss the future of agricultural organizations. How can…

The Easter Season

According to the calendar, spring is here, but we are all wondering when the weather will turn to spring and the soil will turn that light-coloured brown. Most are looking forward to some more heat and warmer weather. For many, this weekend is a time of reflection as Christians remember the gift of salvation through…

Supply Management for New Entrants

Early this month, the CFFO Supply Management Committee hosted representatives from Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO), Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO), and Egg Farmers of Ontario (EFO) to discuss their efforts to attract new entrants. The familiar story is that it’s impossible for young people to get into agriculture, and especially into supply managed commodities.…

Farm Safety

This week has been Agricultural Safety Week in Canada. Ag Safety Week is supported by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), which works to raise awareness of on-farm risks and provide resources to help farmers improve farm safety. This year’s focus has been on seniors. Senior farmers are so experienced, they could do the work…

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…