2019 Farmland Forum

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The 2019 Farmland Forum explored the theme “A Natural Systems Approach to Farmland Protection.” The Forum looked at different approaches to protecting farmland in broader landscapes, including the waterways, woodlots, hedgerows, and fields that make up farm systems.

The day started off with our first keynote, Larry Hulle from New York, who talked about the Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC)’s work to protect water quality and farm economic viability. WAC has many projects, including helping farmers adopt best management practices, permanently protect their farmland, and remain economically viable.

Our panel and plenary speakers focused on policy, planning, and programming examples in Ontario.

The day concluded with our second keynote presentation from Diana Wahlstrom about Strathcona County, Alberta’s, award winning Agriculture Master Plan. She walked us through the Plan’s purpose, development, and where they are in implementing the strategies.

The 2019 Farmland Forum proceedings are now available.

To read a summary of the event and each presentation, please see the proceedings. To view each presentation, click on the titles below.

Morning Keynote

Watershed Agricultural Council – 25 Years of Improving Water Quality and Economic Viability in New York City’s Watershed – Larry Hulle, Agricultural Program Manager, Watershed Agricultural Council

Morning Panel

Integrated Systems Approaches to Farmland and Natural Heritage Features Protection: A Provincial Perspective – John Turvey, MCIP, RPP, Policy Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs

Working Regionally to Protect Farmland and Natural Heritage – Janet Horner, Executive Director, Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance

Farm-Level Environmental Programming – Mark Eastman, Senior Coordinator of Agricultural Outreach, Credit Valley Conservation

Afternoon Plenary

Garvey-Glenn Watershed Project: Lessons on Managing Rural Stormwater – Sarah Fleischhauer, Stewardship Project Lead, Maitland Valley Conservation Authority

Afternoon Panel

Measuring Farmland Loss: A Case Study of the Niagara Region – Sara Epp, Sessional Lecturer & Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Guelph

Grow It Niagara – Kelly Provost, Economic Development Officer, Regional Municipality of Niagara

Farmland Success Stories: Niagara Region – Erik Acs, MCIP, RPP, Manager of Community Planning, Regional Municipality of Niagara

Afternoon Keynote

Agricultural Master Plan: Cultivating Change – Diana Wahlstrom, Senior Advisor of Agricultural Initiatives, Strathcona County

Thank you to our 2019 Farmland Forum Supporters!