This is where you will find local/regional resources, such as the Secretary Handbook, Blank order forms, membership forms, etc.
Please contact the provincial office if you have any questions regarding any of the information provided here.
Available to local/regional associations who wish to award a worthy member/producer at their local/regional Annual meetings.
A certificate provided by the provincial office in a black leatherette frame – free of charge. It can be used at the local, regional and provincial level. The certificate is personalized with the producer/members name, as well as the local/regional association which is awarding the certificate. It is generally signed by the Executive Director at the Provincial office, but can be adjusted to be signed by the local/regional President.
This award is to acknowledge the recipient for his/her contribution to the association and the advancement of crop production.
The criteria for selecting a recipient is left up to the local/regional association(s) – and is typically awarded at the local/regional Annual Meetings.
Soil and Water Conservation Award
This award was recently updated and is now presented as a farm gate sign and is available at cost for $15/sign to local/regional associations.
The award is to be used to acknowledge a producer who shows commitment to good soil management on their farm. Typical practices include controlling soil erosion, maintaining crop productivity, and protecting water resources. Recipients are selected at the local/regional level and signs are purchased from the Provincial office – and then distributed/presented at the local/regional Annual meeting(s)
Supporting Mental Health Initiatives
The following training and referral services are available to for support:
- Ontario Federation of Agriculture
A 1-day training is being planned for Member Service Representatives in October 2018. The training is expected to provide an overview of situations that may arise, the spectrum of mental health issues, ways to listen and respond to people who are struggling, and ideas on agencies/individuals to refer members to if needs arise. The training will be in person and online by someone with a background in mental health and agriculture. Janine Lunn, OFA Capacity Development Coordinator, and Peter Sykanda, OFA Researcher and lead on the mental health file at OFA are organizing the training.
- Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario
CFFO has an Advice Centre on their website, a confidential telephone emotional support line and referral service to farmers and farm families. Farmers in crisis can call 1-888-451-2903 Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
- Do More Agriculture Foundation
Do More Ag is a not-for-profit organization focusing on mental health in agriculture across Canada https://www.domore.ag/about-us/ . They operate under three pillars: awareness (i.e. education and breaking the stigma), community (i.e. a place where people can connect and find resources), and research (i.e. supporting, sharing and funding present and future research projects).
- Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Each regional office maintains a list of local/regional stress management resources.
- Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton
Dr. Jones-Bitton made a very engaging presentation to the OSCIA delegates at the 2019 OSCIA Annual Conference, held on February 5-6, 2019 at the Four Points by Sheraton, Kingston, ON.
- Her presentation can be viewed here (see image below for link), along with four handouts that were provided at the conference: