Archive: Policy

CFFO’s Balanced Approach to Advocacy

The CFFO’s goal in our farming advocacy is to take a long-term view of what is best for the whole of agriculture. We recognize that over time the party in power will change. Strong local relationships with MPPs, regardless of party, whether in government or opposition, are the foundation of our relationship to government as…

Bill 66 – Are Natural Resource Protections “Red Tape”?

The government has introduced Bill 66 in order to reduce “red tape.” While it is hard to argue with effectively removing unnecessary reporting and compliance measures, the kind of red tape that is to be removed with schedule 10 of the Bill, has sparked much controversy. Schedule 10 relates to the amendments to the Planning…

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…

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…

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…

Organic: What’s in a Word?

Organic Week runs from September 16th-24th and celebrates farmers, consumers and processors involved in the organic agriculture system. The market for organics in Ontario is now more than $1.4 billion per year and is growing by about 10 percent annually. As market demand rises for organic produce and goods, organic farming has become an increasingly…

A Food Policy for Canada

August 31st is the last day to have your say on the development of the federal Food Policy for Canada. The Food Policy for Canada is a far-reaching initiative, with the power to affect our economy, environment, and social programs. It will set the national direction on issues like food safety, security, sustainability, affordability, and…

White-Tailed Deer Management Policy

White-tailed deer are an iconic species found throughout most of Ontario. Although deer provide many economic benefits, as well as being significant ecologically, they also pose some key risks, especially for farmers. The primary human benefit from white-tailed deer comes from the economic benefits they accrue through hunting. According to the 2007 government “Strategy for…