Archive: Young Farmers

Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers

As we approach the latter half of the season farmers will be busy gearing up for harvest. For those that were able to spare a day this past week, Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show offered an excellent opportunity to learn about what’s currently happening in the industry. Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program offered another excellent opportunity…

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The Need for Big Conversation

We know that change is constant. The agriculture industry is just one of many that is constantly changing. We also know that to survive and move forward does take effort and acceptance of new or different methods, procedures and results. Change in agriculture has been significant over the last three decades, and it continues as…

Future Farmers of Ontario

In July, the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario will be hosting two Farming Under 40 Barbeques. The CFFO hosts annual summer barbeques in various districts to celebrate young farmers and their families. By hosting our annual Farming Under Forty BBQs, the CFFO hopes to bring together young farmers from around these areas to enjoy an…

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.…

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…

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,…

Celebrating Ontario’s Young Farmers

Last night marked the first of four Farming Under 40 Barbeques to be held this year by the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario. The CFFO hosts annual summer barbeques across the province to celebrate young farmers and their families. Agriculture provides an environment where young people can make an impact in their industry everyday. This…

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Appreciating Young Farmers

We’ve all heard the phrase “young farmers are the future of agriculture.” According to Stats Canada the average age of Canadian farmers is 54, and rising. But is this actually the average age of the farm business owner? In our observation, many of our family farms have 2 to 3 generations working on the farm.…