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Adjusting the Balance

May 10, 2019 | By Brenda Dyack

The concept of the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) is a convenient short form for considering the infinite number of combinations of social, environmental and economic choices we might make in seeking to achieve our greatest wellbeing. Here in Ontario, we voted to shift the balance to economic outcomes.

Mental Health Week: Awareness and Resilience in Agriculture

May 3, 2019 | By Marie Versteeg

Next week, May 6-12, is CMHA Mental Health Week. Organized by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), the week-long awareness campaign brings mental health and wellbeing into focus nation-wide, across communities, age groups, and industries.

Gaining Consumer Confidence in the Agri-Food Industry

April 24, 2019 | By Paul Bootsma

Ontario’s agri-food industry is moving forward with ways to strengthen and build its relationship with consumers. As consumers are more and more interested with what they eat and how it is produced, the industry needs to send a positive message.

Easter Blessings

April 19, 2019 | By Paul Bootsma

For those who know the Easter story, this weekend is a time of hope and encouragement. Christians around the world remember that Christ won the victory over evil. Those who place their trust in the message of Easter live their lives in response to this good news.

The Need for Informed Large Animal Welfare Enforcement

April 12, 2019 | By Clarence Nywening

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) withdrew its commitment to enforce animal welfare legislation on March 31. This leaves Ontario without a supervising body to oversee law enforcement in situations that involve animal welfare, including farm animals.

The New Era of Carbon Pricing in Ontario

April 5, 2019 | By Brenda Dyack

Today, the Canadian federal carbon pricing policy excels at raising our hackles not only because it may conflict with our values and belief system regarding climate change, but many feel this tax is unfair, especially regarding allowable rebates.

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.”

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