Comment: Road safety starts with lighting, signage

Comment: Road safety starts with lighting, signage

Local federation initiatives focus on increasing farm equipment road safety

Reading Time: 3 minutes As the fall season approaches and some normalcy returns to our daily lives, the pace of traffic has picked up. School buses are back on their routes, commuters are home from summer vacation and back to work, and as farmers, some of us are already back on the road with harvest equipment. The Ontario Federation […] Read more

Keith Currie is one of three directors retiring from the OFA. He will continue his position as CFA vice-president, and although he is not interested in running for provincial or federal politics, he would consider applying for a position in the Senate.

OFA elections mark end of era for retiring directors

They reflect on their tenure and the essential nature of member involvement

Reading Time: 4 minutes Keith Currie is no shrinking violet and although he is stepping back from the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), his advocacy for agriculture will continue. During his tenure as an OFA board member and president, Currie said he made it a personal mission to bring the agricultural lens to every committee, political and board table […] Read more

According to the OFA, viable farmland is being lost to development at a rate of approximately 175 acres a day.

Home Grown campaign educates citizens on farmland loss

OFA initiative seeks agriculture impact assessments as part of urban planning

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is sowing seeds of advocacy through its recently launched Home Grown campaign.  It wants to educate Ontarians on how development threatens finite farmland resources and emphasize that agriculture is under pressure to provide affordable food options for Canadians.  Why it matters: Urban sprawl is threatening the viability and sustainability […] Read more

COVID-19 PPE supplies challenge farms

COVID-19 PPE supplies challenge farms

OFA survey shows some farmers concerned about PPE availability

Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) survey showed some farmers and farm businesses are struggling to acquire personal protective equipment (PPE) to meet COVID-19 safety protocols.  The OFA’s small-scale Agricultural Personal Protective Equipment Survey (APPES) of 498 members showed 16 per cent of respondents were concerned a lack of PPE would see them closing […] Read more

Marsha Rempel, with some of the barns on her farm.

City eyes Welland farmer’s land for expropriation, future industrial use

Urban dwellers come to Marsha Rempel’s defense

Reading Time: 4 minutes A family-owned farm within the City of Welland is fighting back after it was threatened with a third round of expropriation. This time, the entire farm could be taken, after two portions were lost to railways in the last century. Why it matters: All three general farm organizations in Ontario have identified the loss of […] Read more


New agricultural worker safety course launched

New agricultural worker safety course launched

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is launching an online training program for workers new to the agricultural sector, created in partnership with the University of Guelph — Ridgetown Campus Business Development Centre. The Ontario Agriculture Worker Safety and Awareness Certificate is geared towards helping job seekers become more familiar with on-farm safety, while making […] Read more

OFA increases leadership program contribution

OFA increases leadership program contribution

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) contributed an extra $10,000 to the current class of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP). The money raised will offset costs of additional COVID-19 related travel requirements for more social distancing and re-planning of AALP Class 18’s international study tour. A foundational partner of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership program, […] Read more

Attracting the next generation of workers

Attracting the next generation of workers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Workers new to a job are three times more likely to be injured during the first month on the job compared to experienced workers. The statistic, across all sectors of the economy, is staggering and points to the need for adequate training. The Ontario agri-food sector, with a diverse range of career opportunities, struggles to […] Read more


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 cow

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