OFA Insurance Program offers exclusive coverage & savings

August 22, 2014

OFA has partnered with The Co-operators and CBA to bring our members the OFA Insurance Program. The OFA Insurance Program provides members access to exclusive insurance coverage and savings. Choose from farm insurance, travel insurance or health, dental and life insurance through one of Canada’s foremost agriculture insurance providers. Every plan is unique and will be designed for your specific needs.

Click to read OFA member testimonials on the group health and dental plan.

For more information, visit the OFA Insurance Program.

OFA board invited for tour of Lambton County

August 20, 2014

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) Board of Directors travelled to Lambton County last week where they were invited by the Lambton Federation of Agriculture (LFA) to host their August board meeting and participate in a guided tour of the southwestern Ontario County.

The board meeting commenced Wednesday, August 13 with regular business in the morning, followed by a guided tour in the afternoon of the agricultural landscape and developing bioeconomy. Sarnia-Lambton is the current hotbed for bioeconomy development. The OFA directors were accompanied on the tour by local federation board members and political delegates in the Sarnia-Lambton region.

Following presentations from Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, BioAmber and the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, the tour began with a visit to the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park. The next item on the itinerary was a tour of the Lanxess plant located in Sarnia’s Bio-Industrial Park. The tour provided OFA board members the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of the bioeconomy to the long-term sustainability of Ontario’s agriculture sector. The bus tour also included views of the Trans Alta, Suncor and Suncor Refinery, CF Industries, Shell Refinery and Dock, Lambton Generating Station and the Oil Springs Heritage Museum. Oil Springs was the first location to pump oil in Canada in 1858.

The final stop of the day was a tour of the Twin Pines Orchards and Cider House in Thedford, ON. Although the establishment has been in business for decades, its new building and designation as an “Estate Winery” has only been around for 10 years when their building opened in 2004. Twin Pines produces 35 varieties of apples resulting in well over one million pounds. The OFA directors took part in a wagon tour through the orchards. Their production includes high-density planting. Click here for a virtual tour of the high-density planting used at Twin Pines. The tree seen in the video is in its third year of development and is of the Ambrosia variety.

The tour offered the board an excellent opportunity to see and experience the farmland, production and history of agriculture in Lambton County. The board’s visit to Sarnia-Lambton marked the third consecutive year the OFA directors have hosted their August meeting in a remote location at the request of one of OFA’s 52 affiliated county federations. The board toured Hastings County in 2013 and Essex County in 2012.

Check out the day's event in our latest photo gallery.

Summer newsletter outlines agriculture's top political priorities

August 19, 2014

The summer 2014 edition of the “From the Field” MPP newsletter is the third in a quarterly series that will be sent to all Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP). The summer newsletter outlines agriculture’s top three political priorities as well as OFA’s position on each issue. Our top political priorities include infrastructure investment, food literacy and agri-skills training. We are asking MPPs to read up on these issues to learn more about how they can help Ontario’s agri-food industry grow.

Click here to access the latest newsletter.