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May 2011 Blog Posts (10)

The CFFO Commentary: Charting the Unknown Territory of Source Water Protection

By Nathan Stevens

May 27, 2011

 

Ontario is taking steps to protect our source water. However, we really don’t know what sort of impact this protection will have on farmers and their livelihoods. The requirements farmers may face, and the manner in which this process develops, will greatly impact agriculture’s support for the Clean Water Act.

 

There are a variety of options that source water committees are able to use to improve water quality. These range from…
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Added by CFFO Blog on May 27, 2011 at 9:07am — 1 Comment

The CFFO Commentary: Key Questions for a Changing Agriculture

By John Clement

May 20, 2011

 

Farming is changing. And it’s not just changing in the scale of operations we now have, or the increasingly diverse markets we now supply. It’s also changing in how we view the vocation of farming and how it connects to rural communities and our fellow farmers. Simply put, our emphasis on the business of farming now often overshadows other dimensions to farming that we used to take for granted.

 

At the core of this change is predominately the… Continue

Added by CFFO Blog on May 20, 2011 at 10:15am — No Comments

The CFFO Commentary: Social Change Creates Evolving Standards for Farmers

By Nathan Stevens

May 13, 2011

 

There are times when a series of events come together and force change within an otherwise stable industry, game, or community. The status quo can change over time as new knowledge or societal expectations emerge. A perfect example is the shift in attitude towards head-shots in hockey. The question arises – are there uncomfortable areas within agriculture that are not being dealt with because the pressure to change isn’t great enough…
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Added by CFFO Blog on May 13, 2011 at 11:39am — No Comments

On Site Ethanol Processing - Use of crop waste

I would like to start a discussion regarding On-site ethanol processing.  I believe that 'decentralized' production of ethanol using waste from farm crops is a niche that has not been exploited.  The problem with the large ethanol plants trying to workout the cellulosic ethanol problem is the cost of the enzymes for pre-treatment of the waste products.  However, if a farmer can process the waste him/herself on his own farm using his waste or even his corn and then use the ethanol in his/her own… Continue

Added by Richard Edmonds on May 9, 2011 at 12:32pm — No Comments

The CFFO Commentary: Promise of Federal Farming and Food Strategy Needs to Deliver

By John Clement

May 6, 2011

 

Now that the election signs are being gathered up and put away for another four years, it’s time to consider some of the implications of a majority Conservative government for Canadian agriculture. And nothing may be a greater opportunity for farmers than a commitment by the newly-elected Conservative government to create a new national farm and food strategy to guide and support agriculture over the…
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Added by CFFO Blog on May 7, 2011 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Supreme Court ruling is good for farming

By Mark Wales, Vice President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture

 

On April 29, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled against allowing exclusive representation for farm workers. Eight out of the nine judges supported this decision. This is welcome news for the entire agriculture sector in Ontario and our provincial leaders should be applauded for vigorously defending this…

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Added by OntAG Admin on May 6, 2011 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Baxter Black: It Could Be Worse.

Added by Joe Dales on May 5, 2011 at 11:17pm — No Comments

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The problem with public trust and traceability in farming

The president of Bayer CropScience Canada, Al Driver, had just finished talking about why his company decided to purchase Monsanto — and how that would affect farmers — when the question of public trust came up.

Government of Canada announces fund that will have a real impact for the middle-class in Montreal

Canada’s economy is strong and growing, with more jobs and opportunities for the middle class, and for people working hard to join it. There are more good, well-paying jobs for Canadians, wages are growing, consumer confidence is strong and business profits are up – good news for Canadians and the communities they call home.

Farm Organizations Take Part in Roundtable with Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs

There was an agriculture roundtable in Owen Sound. A dozen representatives from the local agriculture sector had a meeting on Tuesday with the Province's Agriculture Minister.

CFIA announces recall of some types of cauliflower, lettuce due to E. coli

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced a recall of certain types of cauliflower and lettuce due to possible E. coli contamination.

Alberta province vies with Prince Edward Island to be potato capital of Canada

This spud’s for you, Alberta. ATB Financial’s Economics & Research Team said on Monday that although the potato capital of Canada has historically been Prince Edward Island, there’s a change afoot.

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