The 2024 Farmland Forum, The Future of Ontario Farmland, celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Ontario Farmland Trust with a return to the foundational dialogues and round-table discussions that sparked the creation of OFT. This year’s full day forum is a pivotal gathering for exploring innovative solutions to the pressing challenges of farmland preservation in Ontario. As we confront the realities of farmland loss, the forum will delve into necessary policy reforms and strategic approaches to protect our agricultural lands.

This week, we are excited to announce the topics of the 2024 Farmland Forum’s two panels! Stay tuned for information about our keynotes and speakers.

Provincial policy changes over the last two years have been drastic for the agricultural and conservation sectors. The morning panel will review the implications provincial policies have for the future of food systems and conservation in Ontario.

Farmlands need farmers; the next generation of new, young and equity-deserving farmers are facing new challenges for farmland access. What policies and programs can be enacted to ensure we have pathways and succession for the next generation of farmers? The afternoon panel will specifically look at opportunities for municipalities, conservation authorities, land trusts and other non-profits to support land access.

The hybrid 2024 Farmland Forum is taking place on Thursday, March 21st, 2024 in person in Elora, Ontario as well as online. The full day’s agenda will be available soon. Please stay tuned!

Registration opens February 1st! See our Forum website page for more information.

We are seeking volunteers for the event, as well as sponsors. Reach out to Tamara at tamara@ontariofarmlandtrust.ca if you would like to get involved.