The Season of Joy
December 21, 2018 | By Paul Bootsma
If the old saying “time flies when you’re having fun” is true, we must be having loads of fun. The year 2018 is almost part of history but it seems it just started. When we look back over the last 50 weeks or so, a lot has happened but not always by having fun.
Expect Rising Food Prices Next Year
December 14, 2018 | By Josh Kraemer
The recent Canada’s Food Price Report, released annually by the University of Guelph and Dalhousie University, concluded that overall food prices in Canada could increase by 3.5 percent, or about $411 for every four-person household. Two important factors have been found to be driving the projected increase in food prices.
Planning for Growth in Ontario
December 7, 2018 | By Brenda Dyack
Last month, the Ontario Growth Secretariat of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing hosted a Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Planning Stakeholder Forum. The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario was represented at one of dozens of tables tasked with providing concrete solutions to the challenges related to implementing the Growth Plan.
The Need for Big Conversation
November 30, 2018 | By Paul Bootsma
Change in agriculture has been significant over the last three decades, and it continues as technology introduces new concepts and changes the way equipment operates. However, there is another change that needs to be discussed, and that is the change in ownership of many of Ontario’s farms.
Ontario’s “Plan for the People”
November 23, 2018 | By Brenda Dyack
To deal with what the PCs now estimate is a $15 billion structural deficit they say they are already cutting the deficit by finding $3.2 billion in efficiencies in operations, including a hiring freeze across the public service except for front line and essential services.
November 16, 2018 | By Peter Peeters
We are constantly surrounded by change and the world around us is evolving. Canadian agriculture is facing unprecedented changes as a result of trade negotiations, technology, and land use priorities as a result of new crops, including cannabis. We will need to ride the wave of change or face drowning.
DON and Insurance Coverage in Ontario
November 9, 2018 | By Marie Versteeg
Ontario farmers are concerned about this year’s corn harvest. Thanks to consistently wet conditions and a delayed harvest, many farmers are seeing record-high levels of the mould known as Deoxynivalenol (DON), a type of vomitoxin.
A Warming World
November 1, 2018 | By Josh Kraemer
The recent Special Report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) finds that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Various analyses indicate climate change is linked to declining farm productivity.
Ontario Water Innovation Week
October 26, 2018 | By Paul Bootsma
The Everglades Foundation hosted a water tech workshop featuring the George Barley Water Prize (GBWP) in downtown Toronto. This included roundtable discussions on the benefits and challenges of implementing phosphorus removal and recovery technologies in the agricultural sector.
CFFO Agri-Day at the Elora Research Farms
October 19, 2018 | By Josh Kraemer
This week, the CFFO hosted many of our members and partners on a stimulating day-long tour of several sites at the University of Guelph Research Stations in Elora. As one of the largest agricultural research farms in Canada, the Elora Research Station has over 2,300 acres dedicated to supporting intensive research in agriculture.