Climate Change

Overview

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) acknowledges that climate change is happening here and now as a result of a rise in global temperatures, and is evidenced by more frequent extreme weather events and patterns.

Ontario farmers must take action to address the causes and impacts of climate change through mitigation and adaptation.

Mitigation is the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. Mitigation can be achieved by the direct reduction of Greenhouse Gases or by increasing the content of carbon sinks.

Adaptation is preparation for future climate change impacts. Farmers need tools to apply on their own farm operations to reduce the effect of rising global temperature and extreme weather events. This includes best management practices (BMPs) that can address the high degree of variability and unpredictability associated with climate change.

The OFA believes that policies, programs and research initiatives must be developed with government and society to reduce the causes (mitigation) and to enable farmers to cope with the effects (adaptation) of climate change.

For more information, read OFA's Climate Change Background Document.

Submissions & Correspondence

OFA comments on Strategy Framework for Northern Ontario Agriculture, Aquaculture and Food Processing Sector Strategy
(August 31, 2017)

OFA submission regarding proposed landfill gas Climate Change Cap and Trade program offset protocol
(June 16, 2017)

OFA letter regarding Request to Reconsider FIT
(June 1, 2017)

OFA comments on Recruiting Ontario's First Chief Science Officer
(March 27, 2017)

OFA comments on MNRF’s Natural Resource Climate Adaptation Strategy
(March 10, 2017)


Additional Information

Priorities for Growing Agriculture in Ontario
(May 10, 2016)

Setting Off on Offsets Workshop
(April 8, 2016)

Report: Enabling Offsets at Scale in Ontario’s Agricultural Sector
(January 15, 2016)

OFA Carbon Credit Aggregation Project
(April 1, 2015)

OFA Members on Climate Change - Infographic
(March 23, 2015)


News

Now’s the time to renew your OFA membership
(February 6, 2015 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Open for Business , Natural Gas Infrastructure, Climate Change)

OFA: ready to take on climate change
(October 2, 2014 - Environmental, Business Risk Management, Climate Change)

OFA responds to climate change discussion paper
(February 13, 2015 - Climate Change)

OFA: working for a better year ahead in 2015
(January 9, 2015 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Energy, Climate Change, Agri-Skills Training)

OFA members weigh in on climate change
(February 27, 2015 - Climate Change)

Cap and trade system can work for farmers
(April 17, 2015 - Climate Change)

Ontario farmers represented at UN COP 21 in Paris
(December 18, 2015 - Climate Change)

Study supports agriculture’s role in an Ontario Cap and Trade System
(January 15, 2016 - Climate Change)

Provincial budget promises “Jobs for Today and Tomorrow”
(February 26, 2016 - Municipal Government, Rural Economic Development, Energy, Property Assessment and Taxation, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Climate Change)

Federal budget delivers for Ontario farmers
(March 24, 2016 - Rural Economic Development, Agri-Food Research, Telecommunications, Climate Change)

Diversified agri-food sector to drive northern growth
(July 14, 2016 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Rural Economic Development, Agri-Food Research, Environmental, Farm Labour & Safety, Farm Finance, Beginning Farmer Programming, Transportation, Local Food, Climate Change, Agri-Skills Training)

Agriculture sees positive action in new climate change plan
(June 10, 2016 - Climate Change)

OFA advocacy update at the halfway point of the Liberal mandate
(June 17, 2016 - Water, Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Municipal Government, Rural Economic Development, Farm Property, Environmental, Energy, Waste Management, Wildlife & Wildlife Damage, Business Risk Management, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Climate Change)

Advocating for agriculture’s role under Cap and Trade
(April 8, 2016 - Climate Change)

OFA’s 2017 priorities line up with latest government mandate letters
(January 5, 2017 - Rural Economic Development, Weed & Pest Management, Energy, Waste Management, Open for Business , Natural Gas Infrastructure, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities , Climate Change)

Annual Field Day brings MPPs to agriculture
(August 5, 2016 - Business Risk Management, Climate Change)

Members talk ag growth on Parliament Hill
(March 17, 2017 - Energy, Transportation, Telecommunications, National Food Strategy®, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Climate Change)

OFA members speak up at AGM
(November 24, 2016 - Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Climate Change)

OFA disappointed provincial budget does not grow agriculture
(April 28, 2017 - Rural Economic Development, Agri-Food Research, Environmental, Energy, Education, Business Risk Management, Transportation, Telecommunications, Income Tax, Property Assessment and Taxation, Drainage, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities , Climate Change)


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