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Farm Organizations, Nature Conservancy Groups Protest MZOs

Across southern Ontario, prime farmland and vital greenspace have been zoned for development through Minister’s Zoning Orders (MZOs). MZOs enable the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to expedite zoning decisions that contradict already established municipal land use plans. Several farm organizations and nature conservancy groups in Ontario have joined forces in an open letter …

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Comments on ERO 019-2017

To Whom It May Concern: The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) is a provincially accredited general farm organization whose members work together to advocate for policies that maintain small and medium-sized family farms as the primary food producers in Canada. The NFU-O believes agriculture should be economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable and lead to …

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Dear Planning Consultation team: The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) is an accredited farm organization representing thousands of sustainable family farmers in Ontario and has advocated for farm families across Ontario and Canada since 1969. Members work together to achieve agricultural policies that ensure dignity and income security for farm families, while protecting and …

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Follow-up Letter to Minister Hardeman Regarding Ontario Abattoir Capacity Shortage

Dear Minister Hardeman,  The National Farmers Union – Ontario Livestock Committee would like to thank you for meeting  with us on November 4, 2020 to discuss the shortage of provincially licensed abattoir capacity in  Ontario. As we noted in our meeting, our survey indicated that there are three major areas that  abattoir owners expressed were …

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2020 Year in Review

2020 started off strong for the  NFU-O, and in partnership with the  Ontario Farmland Trust, we were  able to offer five “Land Linking”  workshops across the province,  bringing together aspiring farmers  and land holders to make connections  and to have conversations about  succession planning and the future of  farming in Ontario. All five  workshops were …

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