Livestock and poultry farmers have become increasingly concerned about the aggressiveness of animal livestock protesters and their willingness to come right onto farms.

Ontario introduces farm trespass act

The legislation aims to protect farmers from trespassers and damage they might cause

Reading Time: 2 minutes Updated Dec. 2 The Ontario government introduced a bill Dec. 2 aimed at discouraging people who would interfere with livestock production and transportation. The legislation, Security From Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2019, will increase fines for trespassers, protect farmers from civil liability from people injured while trespassing, and limit the interaction protesters are […] Read more

Fence disputes have been managed by provincial guidelines, but that responsibility could soon fall to municipalities.

Fence disputes to fall to municipalities to resolve

The Line Fences Act has provided a province-wide system for fence dispute resolution

Reading Time: 2 minutes The provincial government is eliminating the Line Fences Act, which has kept the peace relating to property border fences in rural Ontario for generations. The act will be eliminated in two years if Bill 132, a large piece of legislation designed to reduce government regulation across 15 ministries – called an omnibus bill – passes. […] Read more

Keith Currie has been re-elected as president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

Currie wins fourth term as Ontario Federation of Agriculture president

Peggy Brekveld and Mark Reusser were re-elected as vice-presidents for the next year

Reading Time: 2 minutes Keith Currie is back as president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA). Currie won a fourth one-year term as president at the OFA annual meeting Nov. 18, 2019 in Hamilton. The Simcoe County farmer won a close election over Peggy Brekveld, who has been an OFA vice president for the past five years. She […] Read more

Editorial: Farm group management changing quickly

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s a time of generational change in Ontario’s major farm organizations, with significant retirements of long-time stabilizing influences and the hiring of new leaders of a different generation. Neil Currie, for 19 years general manager of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), and Dave Stewart, executive director of Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO), where he’d […] Read more

Keith Robbins.

Robbins named new processing vegetable growers manager

The new GM will join the organization at a time of change in marketing

Reading Time: 2 minutes Keith Robbins is the new general manager of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG). Robbins, who comes from the Poultry Industry Council to the OPVG, is an experienced employee and manager of agriculture industry associations. Robbins starts his new role Sept. 17 and takes over from Cathy Lennon who is the new general manager of […] Read more


Dave Stewart (l) and Neil Currie retired this summer from the helms of BFO and OFA respectively.

An experienced look at farm organization futures

Retiring farm leaders on what Ontario agriculture needs to thrive

Reading Time: 3 minutes After years acting as organizational leaders in Ontario’s farm sector, Dave Stewart of Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO), and Neil Currie, who was for 19 years general manager of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), see great potential for the farm and food sector. However, both believe co-operation and ongoing efforts to foster new leadership […] Read more

The interim chief inspector looking after animal welfare is said to be consulting with veterinary and animal welfare experts on all major livestock species.

Farm groups have less standing in new interim animal welfare system

Province sticking to January timeline for new animal welfare legislation

Reading Time: 2 minutes Livestock commodity organizations do not have formal standing to provide insight and expertise under a new interim regime for investigating and enforcing concerns regarding animal welfare in Ontario. But a representative for the province’s Solicitor General insists work is ongoing to allow that to become reality. Why it matters: Many livestock farmers are concerned that […] Read more

Premier Doug Ford announced $315 million in funding for high speed internet improvements.

Province makes internet investment promise official

Conservatives commit to improve rural internet and cellular phone service

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Ontario government is investing $315 million over five years to expand internet access and cell phone service to more rural and remote families in the province. Premier Doug Ford made the announcement July 23 in Lucan, with several cabinet ministers in attendance. “Twelve per cent of communities don’t have cell signal or high speed […] Read more


Agriculture organizations had more of a partnership with the AAC than they expect with OMAFRA administration of funding.

Agriculture best understands its own program needs

Letter to the editor: Moving CAP funding for organizations from agri-food to the bureaucracy makes little sense

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dear Editor, In the end, who understands the issues of farming, agriculture and agri-food better than the industry itself? Recently, the province launched a program, called “Place to Grow: Agri-food Innovation Initiative, – a program which will help drive innovation, reduce red-tape, and address industry priorities”. From their media release, “under the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP), this initiative […] Read more

Cathy Lennon will be the new general manager of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

Lennon to be new OFA general manager

She has worked across the agriculture sector for farmer organizations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Cathy Lennon will be the new general manager of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), replacing Neil Currie, who retires at the end of August. Lennon comes to the OFA from the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers, after a long career with agriculture organizations. Why it matters: Neil Currie has with the OFA for 19 years, […] Read more