Clean water delivery, bioenergy, high-quality niche products, health and wellness, land stewardship, food security and food sovereignty — those are among the many demands society places on modern farms. But are farmers prepared for the challenge? My Urban Cowboy column today in the Guelph Mercury features a perspective on multi-function farming from Prof. Rene Van Acker, the Ontario Agricultural College‘s new — and first — associate dean of external relations.

The photo below — of a farmer as a business owner, on top of all the other things he does — is from the Ontario Farm Animal Council photo library.