Theme: Balancing Agriculture and Resource Demands in Rural Ontario
How do we effectively balance the use of our land resources while also ensuring the long-term sustainability of farming? Do existing policies lead us toward balance?
The Farmland Trust’s 2012 forum brought together 150 farmers, municipal elected officials, planners, provincial policy-makers and land conservation advocates from across the province to discuss intensifying land use demands in rural Ontario, share concerns and experiences, and brainstorm new ways to support both rural economic development and protection of Ontario’s best farmlands.
Policies that guide urban growth, mineral aggregate extraction, infrastructure developments, green energy projects and protection of endangered species all have significant impacts on agricultural operations and the well-being of rural communities. The result is often frustration among residents and rural municipal leaders, and particularly farmers whose businesses can be negatively affected by excessive regulation and permanent loss of the agricultural land they depend on.
This year’s Farmland Preservation Forum acknowledged these concerns and focused on innovations in policy and planning for agriculture within Ontario’s diverse countryside economy, recognizing the need to work collectively to shape new policy directions that understand the unique needs of farmers and rural communities, and attract appropriate development to rural Ontario.
- Michael Chong, MP, Wellington, Halton Hills
- Chris White, Warden, Wellington County; Past Chair, Rural Ontario Municipal Assn
How Much Land is Enough?
- Matt Setzkorn – Calculating Potential Food Self-Sufficiency in Ontario
Countryside Conflict? Agriculture among Competing Land Use Demands
- Nathan Stevens – Agriculture and Farmland Preservation as a Provincial Priority
- Faye Langmaid – Planning Population Growth alongside Agriculture (Speaking Notes)
- Carl Cosack – Protecting Agriculture and Aggregate Resources (Speaking Notes)
- Ted Cowan – Land Requirements for Green Energy Projects
- Pat Learmonth – Stewardship on the Farm: Challenges and Opportunities
Shaping Fair Agricultural Policy within Diverse Landscapes: Learning from Niagara
- Patrick Robson – Planning for Agriculture in Niagara
- Bill Hodgson – Seeing Agriculture as a Community Asset
- Jim Brandle – The Future of Innovation in Agriculture
Thank you to our Forum Sponsors:
In-Kind Supporting Partners: