GUELPH — Farm-sector representatives are among the appointments the Ontario government will be making to the boards governing Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities. Interested farmers are invited to apply for a seat at the table until Feb. 18 at www.pas.gov.on.ca/Home/Advertised-positions
The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks seeks active farmers who are passionate about agriculture and the environment and who are looking to represent and advocate for the agricultural community on their area local conservation authority board.
“Ontario’s farmers are stewards of the land, protecting the most important natural resources we have — arable land with healthy soils, fresh air and clean sources of water,” Ontario Federation of Agriculture President Peggy Brekveld said in a press thanking the ministry. “The very nature of farming depends on it. That is why we farm with generations in mind. We want our grandchildren to feed your grandchildren. That is why it is important that we care for the land, water and air, and that’s why it’s important that we be at the table with the Conservation Authorities.”
The majority of OFA’s 38,000 farm family members live and farm under one or more Conservation Authorities.
“Nearly every director of the OFA is interested in serving on their local conservation authority board,” Brekveld said. “Farmers are well positioned to support smart watershed management practices and provide a perspective on the important relationship between the province’s natural areas and the land where we grow our food, fuel, fibre and flowers.”