Archive: Agvocating

CFFO Hosts Premier and fellow MPPs on Farm Tour

The CFFO’s Executive Board brought key concerns to elected officials this week during a farm tour in Lynden. Issues discussed ranged from the importance of farmland preservation to concerns about animal activism. Special guests included Premier Doug Ford, MPP Randy Pettapiece (representing the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) and local MPPs Will Bouma,…

Speak Up! But Listen Closely

This week, the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario held its 2019 Annual Meeting in Waterloo. District Board members attended the meeting to represent their regions as voting delegates and to participate in our yearly Leadership Summit. Christine Wilkinson and Madeline Rodrigue of Farm & Food Care Ontario presented a Speak Up! workshop, which helps farmers…

Photo Credit: OMAFRA
Roundtable on Mental Health in Agriculture, with Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton and Hon. Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs. Photo: OMAFRA

Funding Farmer Mental Health

This week, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman, convened a stakeholder’s roundtable on mental health challenges facing the agriculture industry. Research conducted in 2016 by University of Guelph professor Andria Jones-Bitton demonstrates that Canadian farmers experience much higher levels of stress, anxiety, and depression than the general population. Roundtable participants, which…

Embracing Change

If you want to see the world’s strongest man quake in his boots, say the word “change”; it is a word that strikes fear in the hearts of most.  We don’t like to change. We get settled into our norm and that’s the way we like it.  But, that’s not how the world works. We…

Better Conversations around Agriculture

Last week was the Farm and Food Care Ontario Speakers Program, which focused on public conversations about agriculture.  Keynote speaker Tamar Haspel described how to reach out to the public in ways that spark people’s interest and encourage engagement in meaningful discussion. Connecting with a public audience is a skill that seems to be at…

Connecting with the Consumer

The agriculture and food processing industry has been working hard to connect with its customers. Most, if not all industries, have some kind of relationship with their customers. Often a cooperative, informed and somewhat personal relationship is what keeps the business relationship going. Many of Ontario agriculture’s supporting organizations have been working diligently on growing…

Agvocating From a Consumers Perspective Part 2

Farmers are under huge pressure to change their practices to please the consumer. Activist groups like PETA and NON GMO projects distribute advertisements and undercover videos to get their message across.  They have tainted the perspective of what farming is really like, leading to misunderstandings of daily practices on the farm. Last week I discussed…

Agvocating From a Consumers Perspective

Farmers are under huge pressure to change their practices to please the consumer. Activist groups like PETA and NON GMO projects distribute advertisements and undercover videos to get their message across.  They have tainted the perspective of what farming is really like, leading to misunderstandings of daily practices on the farm. In this series of…