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Managing Stress in the Planting Season

May 7, 2021 | Simon de Boer

A new growing season has started, and many of us will spend our fair share sitting on a tractor seat, with ample time to think. This year, the stress may feel harder to handle.

How to Expand Ontario Meat Processing

April 30, 2021 | Paul Bootsma

CFFO has submitted recommendations to agriculture minister Hon. Ernie Hardeman on ways to mitigate risk for small and medium-sized abattoirs.

Making the Greenbelt Bigger…A Lot Bigger

April 23, 2021 | Suzanne Armstrong

The CFFO believes that Greenbelt protections need to be more broadly applied to be effective. As a result, we have requested that all prime agricultural areas across Ontario be added to the Greenbelt.

Time for Consistency in Treating Temporary Foreign Workers

April 16, 2021 | Ed Scharringa

As the pandemic rages on, the need for clarity and consistency in the way farmers and temporary foreign workers are treated is critical.

Land Use Planning: Where Do We Draw the Line?

April 9, 2021 | Marie Versteeg

Ontario’s land use planning policy frameworks encourage municipalities to designate far more land for development than we’re actually going to need.

Spring Renewal, Easter Hope

April 2, 2021 | Marie Versteeg

As winter fades and spring takes its place, we witness the natural world’s cycle of death and resurrection at the same time that we prepare our hearts for Good Friday remembrance and Easter celebration.

Consumers and Farmers: A Conversation Worth Having

March 26, 2021 | Paul Bootsma

The social contract has become a popular term in the ag media. With the noticeable increase of consumer interest in food production, this is a good time to have this conversation.

Clean Fuel Standard – What are the Costs?

March 19, 2021 | Suzanne Armstrong

In a direct way, the Clean Fuel Standard will increase the costs for fossil fuels used to heat homes and run personal vehicles. The CFFO is also concerned that this will increase the cost of food.

Planning to Stay Safe on the Farm

March 12, 2021 | Clarence Nywening

Next week is Canadian Agricultural Safety Week. While we know that we need to be vigilant about safety every week, let’s commit to writing or revising our farm safety plans next week.

Provincial Budget Recommendations: Looking for Long-lasting Benefits

March 5, 2021 | Ed Scharringa

Our Provincial Budget recommendations focused on key economic, social and environmental commitments that are necessary to support the vitality of the agri-food sector.

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