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Walking Out on the Commons

Posted by Alex Fletcher on January 2, 2015

Photo by Lisa Lundgard
By Nathan Carey.

On Thursday December 18th I was given the honour of representing the NFU at the Ontario Pollinator Health Plan’s Agricultural Stakeholders meeting.  Unlike the other scheduled meetings, three in-person and the two online, this one was specifically for farmers and the agricultural industry.  The Ontario government was seeking specific information about how to implement their strategy to reduce neonicotinoid (NNI) pesticides by 80% in a way that would work for farmers across the province.  What transpired at this meeting has left me feeling angry, disappointed and firmly committed to the values and analysis of the NFU.

Save Seeds!

Posted by Alex Fletcher on July 16, 2014

By By Shannon Jones.

There is an exciting new initiative happening across Canada right now! It’s called The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. All across Canada, there are Regional Seed Coordinators helping farmers increase their seed security through on-the-ground projects, trials, and funding opportunities. To find out who your Regional Seed Coordinator is, go here.

The Regional Seed Coordinator in Atlantic Canada is Steph Hughes. I thought it would be fun to interview Steph to learn more about the Bauta Initiative.

Here goes:

So, Steph, what is The Bauta Family Initiative on Seed Security and who started it? When? And why?

Farmer Profile: Prairie Gold Pastured Meats, Alberta

Posted by Alex Fletcher on June 22, 2014

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photo credit: Tara Neufeld
Blake Hall
Location: Red Deer, AB
What do you produce? Grass finished beef and pastured pork and lamb.
Size of farm? Approx. 500 ac. rented.
Number of years farming? 6 years
Farming background?

A weekend with the NFU youth

Posted by Alex Fletcher on June 14, 2014

By Dan Kretschmar.

Spending four days at the NFU youth gathering in beautiful Nanoose Bay, Vancouver Island has cemented in my mind that returning to the farm was the right decision for me to make. It is difficult to find words to express my amazement at the brilliance of each one of the NFU youth from all over Canada. I truly feel that there is hope for the future, and I am honoured to be involved with such an inspirational group of people.

UN Discussion Attempts to Estimate the True Value of Family Farms

Posted by Alex Fletcher on May 27, 2014

by Joan Brady

I recently represented the National Farmers Union (NFU) at the North American Dialogue on the United Nation’s “2014 Year of Family Farming” hosted by L’Union des Producteurs Agricoles (UPA). Canadian and U.S. general farm organizations participated, but unfortunately, none from Mexico attended.

CBC: Wheat Board and Rail Backlog

Posted by Alex Fletcher on May 21, 2014

NFU member Dean Harder speaks about post-single desk CWB grain transport debacle on Lang and O'Leary show. Note: the tag line is incorrect, Dean never said the backlog wouldn't have happened under the CWB, he did talk about how the CWB would have handled the volume more efficienctly.

Farmer Profile: Dinsmore Farms, Ontario

Posted by Alex Fletcher on May 16, 2014

Nineteen year old Ken Mills was born into farming and the National Farmers Union.  Dinsmore Farms has been in his family for generations. 
What do you produce?
We direct market beef and pork as well as share cropping 50 acres conventionally and growing pasture, forage and grain for our own uses.
Size of farm?
100 acres with 9 acres of hardwood bush at the back and 87 acres workable land.
Number of years farming?
I have never really started or stopped farming.

NFU Brief to BC Premier Christy Clark Re: Bill 24

Posted by Alex Fletcher on May 1, 2014

April 30, 2014
Hon. Christy Clark, Premier
PO Box 9041
Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC    V8W 9E1
Dear Premier Clark:
The National Farmers Union (NFU) is deeply concerned about the changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act that your government is proposing through BILL 24, the AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION AMENDMENT ACT, 2014. We have prepared the following brief which we urge you to consider before taking any further steps to change BC’s farmland protection legislation.
The NFU represents thousands of farm members in Canada, from coast to coast.

Changes to Agricultural Legislation Patently Absurd

Posted by Alex Fletcher on April 22, 2014

By Randall Affleck
The Agricultural Growth Act, Bill C-18, is currently before Parliament. It is an omnibus bill amending nine separate pieces of agricultural legislation.

Young Farmers gathering in Red Deer Alberta

Posted by Alex Fletcher on April 16, 2014

If you are near Red Deer or know anyone in the area please join us and help spread the word; NFU Youth and Young Agrarians (YA) are organizing a Young Farmer Mixer in Red Deer Alberta this Satruday, April 19.