Speak Up! But Listen Closely
March 29, 2019 | By Marie Versteeg
This week, the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario held its 2019 Annual Meeting in Waterloo. Christine Wilkinson and Madeline Rodrigue of Farm & Food Care Ontario presented a Speak Up! workshop, which helps farmers and others working in agriculture to effectively engage with members of the general public.
Chronic Wasting Disease a Concern for Ontario
March 22, 2019 | By Josh Kraemer
Last weekend CFFO staff attended the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters’ Conference on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) to learn from the scientists about the potential threat of CWD entering Ontario.
Canada Welcomes First Female Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
March 15, 2019 | By Marie Versteeg
March 8 marked International Women’s Day, and people working in all aspects of agriculture joined in to celebrate the many women working in the industry.
Agricultural Safety Week
March 8, 2019 | By Josh Kraemer
This Sunday, March 10th, marks the start of Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW), promoting on-farm safety awareness across Canada. This year, the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is celebrating Safe & Strong Farms, a campaign to “empower farmers, farm families and farming communities to build, grow, and lead the agricultural industry in safety and sustainability.”
Fighting for Farmland
March 1, 2019 | By Brenda Dyack
This week the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO) responded to four proposals by the Province to alter the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017. The proposals are aimed at increasing the supply and affordability of housing in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH), creating more jobs and attracting business.
Reducing Red Tape in Ontario Agriculture
February 22, 2019 | By Josh Kraemer
Through their Open for Business Action Plan, the government has set a goal to reduce red tape by 25% by the year 2022. But not all regulatory reductions are entirely beneficial for all Ontarians.
Cleaning up the Landscape
February 15, 2019 | By Paul Bootsma
The recent Canadian Supreme court ruling which requires bankrupt oil companies to be held responsible for cleaning up inactive oil wells, is a welcome decision. When companies file for bankruptcy protection, paying off creditors was usually the only order of business. Now monies need to be committed to cleaning up their mess left out in the field.
Keeping our Eyes on the Prize
February 8, 2019 | By Brenda Dyack
The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario has weighed in on the next provincial budget this week with three major recommendations to Finance Minister Vic Fideli. With requests for tax reform, integrated modelling systems, and more quality research, the CFFO is asking the province to invest in the long-term.
Can the New Food Guide Dish up Good Agri-food Policy?
February 1, 2019 | By Marie Versteeg
The release of Canada’s Food Guide on January 22 was, predictably, followed by hot debate. The Food Guide has a long history of being contentious, and although government asserts that the newest version is based on science, which some debate, critics seem more concerned about its wider societal implications.
CFFO Policy Tour
January 25, 2019 | By Paul Bootsma
Agriculture continues to become more sophisticated, with new technology on the horizon and science helping farmers to understand how soil, plants and nutrients all work together more and more. Then there is the understanding of long-term consequences of our actions today and how it affects next year and years later.