CFFO Agri-Day: Experience Bee Farming in Niagara
August 16, 2019 | Marie Versteeg
This year, the CFFO is pleased to be hosting our annual Agri-Day in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Agri-Day is inspired by the diversity of Ontario agriculture. Our goal is to offer members and others opportunities to experience this diversity firsthand.
Showing Support for Canadian Farmers
August 9, 2019 | Josh Kraemer
As an advocacy group, the CFFO emphasizes the importance of these public benefits by promoting farmland preservation, water stewardship, soil health, and agri-food sector success.
Managing Nutrients with Best Management Practices
August 2, 2019 | Paul Bootsma
The ongoing work to reduce algal blooms in Lake Erie has moved to many farm fields in Southwestern Ontario where there is intensive cropping on some of the best soils and climate around.
CFFO Hosts Premier and fellow MPPs on Farm Tour
July 26, 2019 | Marie Versteeg
The CFFO’s Executive Board brought key concerns to elected officials this week during a farm tour in Lynden. Issues discussed ranged from the importance of farmland preservation to concerns about animal activism.
Pursuing Fair Federal Deals
July 19, 2019 | By Brenda Dyack
Carbon taxes, pesticide regulations and food policy are three topics CFFO asked Minister Hardeman to take to the table at the Federal-Provincial Agriculture Ministers’ meeting this week. With “business as usual,” Canada is risking fair treatment of our farming sector and worsening trade distortions and business sustainability.
Pollinator Sanctuaries on Your Farm
July 12, 2019 | By Paul Bootsma
On July 3, the Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) hosted a tour of three sites that are part of Operation Pollinator. Operation Pollinator is “an international biodiversity program from Syngenta, designed to enhance the number of pollinating insects on farms and in out-of-play areas on golf courses.”
Canada’s First Food Policy
July 5, 2019 | By Josh Kraemer
Two weeks ago (June 17, 2019), the federal government released its first ever Food Policy for Canada. The policy will support Canada’s UN commitments to end hunger, promote good health, cut food waste, and encourage a sustainable food system.
Changes in the World Meat Market
June 28, 2019 | By Paul Bootsma
Pork prices are currently high and are expected to stay that way for a significant stretch of time. Why? The African Swine Fever disaster in China, the world’s largest pork consumer.
Excess Soil: A Cautionary Tale
June 21, 2019 | By Brenda Dyack
CFFO has strongly supported brownfield development because it helps to protect farmland. But we are worried that loosening up the rules could harm farmers who accept excess soil on their property.
The OSPCA Act Amendment: It’s a Money Matter
June 14, 2019 | By Marie Versteeg
On June 6th, Ontario passed the OSPCA Amendment Act (Interim Period), 2019, which will fill the gap in animal welfare enforcement left by the OSPCA when it quits the ground on June 28.