2016 Farmland Forum

The 12th annual Ontario Farmland Forum was held April 8th, 2016 at Bingemans Conference Centre in Kitchener. Over 140 planners, Councillors, conservationists, farmers and students attended this year’s forum, which focused on how we can work together to strengthen farmland and agricultural planning, policy development, and grassroots, permanent land protection initiatives in Ontario.

Click on the links below to see the Forum presentations:


Local Profile: Toward a Regional Land Trust in Waterloo

– Stephanie Sobek-Swant, Executive Director, rare Charitable Research Reserve

Concurrent Session 1: Case Studies of Leading Farmland Protection Initiatives in Ontario

Municipal Interest in New and Emerging Models for Farmland Conservation

– Barb Davies, Regional Greening Coordinator, York Region

Experience Owning and Managing Farmlands for Conservation

– David Hawke, Stewardship Program Manager, Couchiching Conservancy

Learnings from Ontario’s First Farmland Easement Agreements

– Matt Setzkorn, Acting Executive Director, Ontario Farmland Trust

Concurrent Session 1: Edge Planning

Edge Planning: Buffering Agriculture from the Impacts of Urban Expansion

– Mark Head and Brooke Marshall, Integrated Planning Division, Region of Peel

– Jim Dyment, Partner, MHBC Planning, Urban Design & Landscape Architecture

Concurrent Session 2: Understanding Farmland Agreements: New Resources for Public and Conservation Landowners, Farmers and Other Farm Owners

Collaborating to Support Farming on Public and Conservation Lands

– Pat Learmonth, Director, Farms at Work

Improving Stewardship of Rented Land: Strengthening Dialogue and Relationships between Farmers and Landlords

– Melisa Luymes, Environmental Coordinator, Farm & Food Care Ontario

Protecting Farmland Forever: Diving in Deeper to Farmland Easement Agreements

– Matt Setzkorn, Acting Executive Director, Ontario Farmland Trust

Concurrent Session 2: New Leadership, Research and Policy: Mitigating Impacts of Aggregate Extraction on Agriculture and Restoring Farmland

Status of Aggregate Site Rehabilitation to Agriculture in Ontario

– Caroline Dykstra, Field Analyst, The Ontario Aggregate Resources Corporation

Understanding Provincial Aggregate Policy Development and its Consideration of Agriculture

– Amanda Eddington, Program Advisor (Planning Aggregates), Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Piloting a New Certification Standard for Ontario Aggregate

– Nicholas Schulz, Executive Director, Cornerstone Standards Council

Feature Speaker:

Inspiring Land Protection Stories from the U.S.

Reggie Hall, Director, Land Conservation Loans, The Conservation Fund


Thank you to our participants for making this another successful forum!

Thank you to our 2016 Farmland Forum Supporters:

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