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SIMCOE COUNTY CFA NEWSLETTER The CFFO staff and executive board wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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DECEMBER 2013

he AgKnowledge Forum which will be on Water issues is being held on Feb 20th. he Central Ontario Agricultural Conference (COAC) is the 27 and 28 of February. It is a 2 day conference featuring livestock with

the theme “Building a Better Farm Business”.

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istrict president Ted Van Den Hurk and director Paul Raymer represented the district at the 2nd annual Leadership Summit

in St. Jacobs.

Speakers at our Annual Leadership Summit. Top: Crystal MacKay Bottom: Cathy Jo Noble


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able top display units for each district have been purchased with CFFO panels

to attract attention at local events. These display units are to be used by district members at local Ag fairs and events to help promote the organization in the communities. Each district will now have a display unit readily available for use, even on a short notice. District presidents will be given these to store and so anyone who would like to make use of one needs to contact the district president for its use. Staff will regularly update the panels cific graphics when required. CFFO material

IMPORTANT DATES

can also be requested so that there is good

• Provincial Council Meeting in February 2014

for the display and districts may request spe-

material available to give those interested in

at EastGen in Guelph

knowing or learning about the federation. • S&P COMMITTEE WEST MEETING, Dec. 2, 2013 in Woodstock • S&P COMMITTEE EAST MEETING Dec 5, 2013 in Arnprior • S&P COMMITTEE EAST MEETING Dec 6, 2013 in Cobourg

Contributions to the newsletter may be sent to paul@christianfarmers.org, mention which district newsletter it is for.


FEDERATION NEWS CHRISTIAN FARMERS FEDERATION OF ONTARIO COMMENTS ON BILL 36, LOCAL FOOD ACT

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he recent CFFO Convention and Leadership Summit held on Nov. 12 & 13 in Waterloo

were two successful events, enjoyed by all who at-

The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO)

tended. On Tuesday evening district board mem-

wishes to thank the committee for considering the

bers and the CFFO executive and staff listened

comments of our organization on Bill 36, Local

to presentations by Crystal MacKay from Farm &

Food Act, 2013. The Christian Farmers Federation

Food Care, and to Cathy Jo Noble, a public affairs

represents over 4,300 farmers across the province

specialist, on messaging our story. Both presenta-

of Ontario. The CFFO supports the approach on

tions contained good instruction for us as an or-

being fostered by the current draft that seeks to

ganization to market our message to media and

encourage education, awareness, and promotion

people. The emphasis was on “writing” our story

of Ontario grown food over a regulatory approach,

and taking efforts on getting it to the right people,

yet we see the opportunity for the Local Food Act

people who have influence and who will use it.

to do more to help create sustainable local food

The Convention on Wednesday also featured two

systems in this province.

speakers, J.P. Gervais from Farm Credit Corporation who gave some of his thoughts and hopes for

To read the entire document, go to the CFFO web-

the future in agriculture. The second speaker was

site www.christianfarmers.org

Dr. Nelson Kloosterman who spoke about animal welfare and how important it is to respond to the

Ted Van Den Hurk……........705-428-5537 Doug Dykstra ………..…......705-458-8826 Paul Raymer ………..….…..705-428-2072

message from those who are opposed to raising animals for human consumption.

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SIMCOE COUNTY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS:

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CHRISTIAN FARMERS Federation Of Ontario

Kenneth Rounds……..…......705-322-2646 Jeffrey Wohlgemuth…..…..705-436-9843 Shelly van Heyningen……..705-322-5356

Years

CFFO is celebrating 60 years as a farm organization in 2014

Simcoe County Newsletter  

December 2013