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Filling the Food Banks

November 20, 2020 | Clarence Nywening

As we approach the Christmas season, the latest news from many food banks in Ontario is that donations are down and demand is expected to be up.

Risk Management on the Table

November 13, 2020 | Marie Versteeg

Risk management will be a priority issue for discussion at the upcoming meeting of federal, provincial and territorial ministers of agriculture.

Trade Challenges: Sorting Out Agriculture’s New Reality

November 6, 2020 | Paul Bootsma

Canada is sitting in unfamiliar territory when it comes to agricultural trade. This uncertainty is a result of both political factors (such as trade agreements) and major disruptions (such as disease).

Wild Pigs in Ontario: A Growing Concern

October 30, 2020 | Simon de Boer

Experts from both OMAFRA and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry are concerned that wild pigs may be the next big environmental and agricultural mishap to come.

Bill 156: It’s Only as Good as It Is Enforceable

October 23, 2020 | Suzanne Armstrong

The government recently conducted a consultation on proposed regulations for the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act. CFFO, along with many other industry organizations are concerned that the regulations are clear and enforceable.

How Does the Public Perceive Farmers?

October 16, 2020 | Ed Scharringa

While getting the facts right is important, people also want to connect emotionally to where their food comes from.

Thanksgiving: Counting Our Blessings in a Chaotic Year

October 9, 2020 | Clarence Nywening

With no sure solutions and no end in sight, it may feel like Thanksgiving of 2020 is a waste of effort because there is nothing to be thankful for. Despite this feeling, let us take a moment to step back and reflect.

Resiliency and Opportunities in an Unusual Year

October 2, 2020 | Suzanne Armstrong

At CFFO's Provincial Council this week, OMAFRA’s Chief Economist, Steve Duff, had a lot of positive things to say about the resiliency of the agricultural sector in a difficult year.

The Future of Farm Shows?

September 25, 2020 | Paul Bootsma

Last week, we got to see how Canada's Outdoor Farm Show fared in a new, digital “venue.” Many are asking if this platform will be the way of the future.

Rural Internet Access a Necessity in the New Economy

September 18, 2020 | Clarence Nywening

Closing the gap between urban and rural high-speed internet access in Canada is a must, and the pandemic has added a new urgency to the cause.

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