This week’s guest commentary comes from Paul Bootsma of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario
The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO) is one of the three accredited farm organizations representing farmers in Ontario through which farmers are able to obtain their FBR number. The members of the CFFO come from all types of commodities in the agricultural industry, allowing the federation to be involved in all aspects of the industry, including food processing and environmental issues.
The CFFO has 21 districts across the province, each hosting an annual general meeting, usually during the winter season. These meetings include updates on local issues and updates on the policies that the federation is developing. These policies, once approved by the organization’s provincial council, are presented to the government to assist in moving the industry forward.
In 2015 we will include in these district annual meetings more time to discuss federation policy so that more of our members can have input into policy development. We are calling this our “CFFO Policy Tour”. This tour will allow grassroots participation and input from a broader range of farmers from all geographical areas of the province, providing a fair representation of the views of all of agriculture for our policy development.
These district meetings are a great opportunity to share valuable information as well as for members to raise local concerns. It is important that those concerns are addressed and CFFO staff will work with the members to respond to local issues. District boards will also be able to discuss with members opportunities to support local activities or organizations. We want to invite others to these meetings as well. Check the CFFO website under upcoming events to see when and where the meeting will be held in your area.
Policy development has been the mainstay of the organization for the past 60 years and we continue to work hard on behalf of our members to work with government for a sustainable agricultural industry in Ontario. Our goal is to allow all our grassroots members the opportunity to contribute in the process of our policy development. There is much wisdom in many minds working together.