2014 Farmland Forum

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2014 Farmland Forum a Success

Theme: Toward Permanent Land Protection in an evolving Policy Environment.

Thank you to everyone who attended our annual farmland forum on March 7th. It was a great success and sparked many new ideas and discussion about how we advance permanent farmland protection in Ontario. Thanks for contributing to the dialogue and sharing your thoughts on how we improve our approaches to urban growth management, agricultural viability and farmland protection across the province.

 Photos Courtesy of Kelsey Lang.

Stay tuned – we will circulate the forum proceedings soon. For now, you can view presentations from the event by clicking the links below:

Introduction/Welcome
(Norman Ragetlie, Ontario Farmland Trust)

KEYNOTE // Farmland Preservation: Policy Innovation & Ongoing Challenges. Learning from Decades of Proactive Growth Management in Waterloo.
(Kevin Eby, the Region of Waterloo)

PANEL // Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan Implementation & the Protection of Near-Urban Farmland
(Adam Redish, Ontario Growth Secretariat; Marcy L. Burchfield, the Neptis Foundation; Joe Vaccaro, Ontario’s Home Builder’s Association; Aiden Grove-White, Environmental Defence)

Growth Plan Implementation Challenges
(Marcy L. Burchfield, Neptis Foundation)

PANEL // The Greenbelt Plan Review: Understanding Short & Long-Term Impacts on Ontario Agriculture
(Barb Konyi, Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing; Wayne Caldwell, University of Guelph; Danielle De Fields, Niagara Region; Peter Lambrick, Golden Horseshoe Food & Farming Alliance)

Connecting Local Land Use Planning with Predictive and Analytical Tools for Farmland
(Pat Learmonth, Farms at Work)

Farmland Easements & Community-led Land Protection: Bringing Permanence to Good Public Policy
(Matt Setzkorn, Ontario Farmland Trust)


Forum Partners

SEDRD Greenbelt Foundation