Archive: Agriculture

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…

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).…

Cap and Trade

As the New Year begins, the winds of change are in the air, but we are still waiting to see what direction things will take in the weeks and months to come. Indications are clear to be prepared for changes in the economy, including a possible increase in interest rates, and uncertainty about cross-border trade…

New Year’s Wishes

Here at the Christian Farmer’s Federation of Ontario, we look back and reflect upon another year gone by and we see how we as farmers have been very blessed. Across Ontario many of us have witnessed good crop yields along with favourable prices, and many of the farming markets have remained stable providing some security…

AgriStability and Farm Diversity

I often hear complaints that “AgriStability penalizes diversification.” But that is like saying good drivers, who don’t have accidents, are penalized because they don’t collect insurance.  AgriStability is insurance, not a hand-out. It saddens me that farmers have stooped to a welfare mindset with a sense of entitlement. Our governments need to be more financially…

Public Influence on Farm Sustainability

Sustainability is a key component to running any business. If a company cannot uphold or maintain its practices, it will eventually crumble. Over the past few months I have been involved in several sessions discussing sustainability in farming. These conversations have been both intriguing and concerning with the problems that have come to light. Every…

CFFO 2016 Annual Convention: Emerging Opportunities in Ontario Agriculture

The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO) is gearing up for another amazing Convention & Banquet, and we want to invite our members, supporters and friends of the organization to join us. This year’s convention will be held on Tuesday November 29, 2016 at St. George Banquet Hall in Waterloo, just minuets away from St.…

Cage Free Egg Trend: Animal Welfare

Scientific research can tell us about animal natures, animal health, and stress inducing factors. Analysis can tell us how much changes in care for animals will cost and benefit, both in dollars, production and in risks to the animals. But ultimately in our food system, animal welfare is in the eye of the beholder. It…

Cage Free Egg Trend: Impact on Farmers

On April 1 2015 I attended the Annual Meeting of the Egg Farmers of Ontario (EFO). The mood was upbeat. It was party time because it was their 50th Anniversary, and with the success that they have had over the past 50 years everyone was entitled to celebrate.  Moving forward a year to EFO’s 51st Annual Meeting…

Cage Free Egg Trend: Marketing Strategy

With the power of social media and the internet, activists and animal right groups have influenced people’s perceptions of food production and their decisions on what to eat. With the new generation of customers demanding more ethical and healthier options in their diets, some of the world’s biggest food chains like McDonald’s, Burger King and…