2017 Farmland Forum



What is the future of farming and farmland protection in Ontario?

That was the question that almost 130 planners, councillors, students, and academics presented and discussed on March 30th in Orillia, Ontario, at the 2017 Farmland Forum. Together, we discussed Ontario’s future through a wide variety of topics, such as drawing experience  from the Oregon State Department’s work in agricultural land protection, examining  shifting trends in farmland ownership, and exploring Indigenous perspectives on farming and farmland preservation.

Thank you to our attendees and presenters, you made this annual event a success!

Curious about the layout of the 2017 Farmland Forum? Click here to see the program and Click Here to see the event’s proceedings.

See our speaker’s presentations:

KEYNOTE: An Indigenous Perspective on Farming and Farmland Preservation

  • Dan Longboat, Director of the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Science Program, Trent University

Farmland Ownership, Farmland Rental Markets, and the Adoption of Conservation Practices

  • Brady Deaton, Food, Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of Guelph

Farmland Lease Financing: Helping Farmers Meet Their Goals

  • Lisa Courtney Lloyd, VP Marketing, Bonnefield

A Look at Protecting Farmland in Ontario from a National Perspective

  • David Connell, University of Northern British Columbia

Measuring Farmland Conversion in Ontario: Quantifying Farmland Loss through Official Plan Amendments

  • Wayne Caldwell, Sara Epp, and James Newlands, University of Guelph
  • See a short video from their presentation here.

 Significance of Soil Classification in Land Use Planning Soil Classification Project and What it Means for Ontario Agriculture

  • Daniel Saurette, Land Resource Specialist, OMAFRA
  • Arthur Churchyard, Policy Advisor, OMAFRA

The Expansion of Farming in the North and the Need for Updated Soil Classification Maps

  • Peggy Brekveld, Vice President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

KEYNOTE: Holding the Line & Preserving Farmland: Oregon’s Experience with Firm Urban Growth Boundaries & Long-term Viability Analysis for Agriculture

  • Jim Johnson, Oregon Department of Agriculture

Thank you to our 2017 Forum Supporters:



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