Harness horse group joins OFA

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) has joined the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA). The OFA has been the voice of farmers in Ontario for over 80 years. OFA provides 51 localized County Federations of Agriculture for strong leadership and local representation. It includes 31 organizational members and affiliates representing a majority of Ontario’s commodities. […] Read more

Dairy farms have been the target of activist trespassers.

Ontario bill restricting barn trespassing approved

Bill 156 increases fines for trespassing into animal production zones

Reading Time: < 1 minute A bill that increases fines for trespassing onto areas of farms where animals are housed has passed the Ontario legislature. Bill 156 was passed by the legislature June 17. It  also prohibits obtaining employment at a farm under false pretences. Why it matters: There has been an increase in high profile farm invasions by protesters […] Read more

Ontario Federation of Agriculture to develop ag jobs support system

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) has received funding to develop a comprehensive support system for agriculture and food employers and job seekers. The funding comes from the federal-provincial Canadian Agricultural Partnership and and is part of a targeted intake created April 17 to help address labour supply and training challenges in agriculture and food. […] Read more

Dirk Boogerd is president of the Oxford Federation of Agriculture.

Oxford County stands apart for tax ratio review

Committee recommends decreasing ratio for second year running

Reading Time: 3 minutes For the second year in a row, Oxford County is poised to scale back its farm tax ratio – something other rural Ontario municipalities have not done, despite pressure from agricultural lobby organizations. Why it matters: Farmers have seen double digit increases in their tax bills due to the most recent round of MPAC evaluations, […] Read more

Premier Ford makes the announcement of the closure of non-essential businesses on March 23.

Agriculture and supply chain part of essential service list

COVID-19 driven shut down of non-essential Ontario businesses to start at the end of Tuesday

Reading Time: 2 minutes Updated March 23, 9 p.m. to include details about essential service listing and agriculture businesses. Ontario’s non-essential businesses will be shut down as of midnight Tuesday night in order to continue to fight COVID-19. Alist released late Monday, March 23 includes farmers and the agriculture supply chain on the essential list. Ontario Premier Doug Ford […] Read more

Farmers don’t have to directly interact with suppliers when they take delivery of seed and other crop inputs, so low-risk delivery of products should be possible in time for planting.

Crop input availability should be normal despite COVID-19

Farmers should take steps to limit risk of future disruption, says GFO CEO

Reading Time: 3 minutes Barring some changes to business interaction behaviours, producers should be able to access production inputs as usual this growing season – but accessing seasonal labour is another story.   Why it matters: Currently, the supply of fertilizer, chemicals, seed, and other inputs remain unaffected by the spread COVID-19 and subsequent mitigation efforts.   Keith Currie, president […] Read more

Waterloo Biofilter field technician Chad Welch helped install the phosphorus removal and recovery technology and is operating the system.

More technology tested for phosphorus removal

The latest innovation will filter water at a pumping station, from tile and surface runoff

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative (PRC) is moving ahead with the testing of additional technologies that intercept and remove phosphorus from agricultural runoff. Phosphorus entering the system contributes to the growth of harmful algal blooms in the Thames River and Lake Erie. In one of the projects west of Chatham, a removal and recovery […] Read more

Pushing back against pot

The rapid expansion of cannabis production in rural areas has prompted residents, farmers and municipalities to call for a slowdown in growth

Reading Time: 5 minutes Ontario’s rapidly growing cannabis production sector is facing a backlash after the addition of many new growing facilities has resulted in interim control bylaws from municipalities and the formation of local protest groups unhappy with smell and traffic. Why it matters: Cannabis production in Canada has grown quickly since legalization a year ago last October. […] Read more

“They are already committing an offence by coming over the fence.”

The fine line between protest and provocation

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Ontario Provincial Police says it has farmers’ backs when it comes to trespassing, but the right to peaceful protest also has its place. “You have the right to peaceful protest. That’s part of our key message: We live in a country with freedom of expression,” says Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, of the OPP. However, once […] Read more

Currie appointed to climate change committee

Reading Time: < 1 minute The agriculture sector will have a voice on the premier’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change. Ontario Federation of Agriculture President Keith Currie was recently appointed to the new committee. “I’m pretty excited to have agriculture around the table,” said Currie in an interview. “I think agriculture is climate change’s best-kept secret.” Carbon sequestration by agriculture […] Read more