Press releases

2017

Oct 16, 2017
(Media release: Harare, 16th October 2017)  -- Today, on the International Day of Action for Peoples' Food Sovereignty and against Transnational corporations, La Via Campesina officially launches its new publication "Struggles of La Via Campesina for Agrarian Reform and the Defense of...
Oct 10, 2017
by Stewart Wells   In 2014, a longtime advocate for grain trade deregulation and a former researcher for the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association was quoted in the ag press as saying “I don’t remember one serious conversation about market power and the dangers it imposed....
Oct 5, 2017
(October 5, 2017 - Ottawa) – The federal government has mandated the Minister of Agriculture to “develop a food policy that promotes healthy living and safe food by putting more healthy, high-quality food, produced by Canadian ranchers and farmers, on the tables of families across the...
Sep 28, 2017
Since the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed more than two decades ago, our awareness of climate change has dramatically changed and our window of time for addressing it has shortened. NAFTA and other agreements that are part of the global trade regime have been used to...
Sep 28, 2017
Depuis la signature de l’Accord de libre-échange nord-américain (ALÉNA), il y a plus de deux décennies, notre prise de conscience des changements climatiques s’est considérablement développée et le temps disponible pour y remédier s’amenuise. L’ALÉNA et les autres accords...
Sep 22, 2017
by Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union President   The federal government is proposing changes to the Income Tax Act aimed at collecting revenue from corporations that are using certain measures as loopholes to shelter profits from being taxed at the same rate as other Canadians’ income....
Sep 21, 2017
(September 21, 2017 - Saskatoon) - Major portions of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) are coming into force today. “This is the wrong trade deal for Canadian and European citizens,” said Terry Boehm, Chair of the National Farmers Union (NFU)...
Sep 14, 2017
PDF Version Letter   OTTAWA (September 14, 2017) - Today a group of national organizations issued an open letter to the Canadian government championing the swift and uncompromising implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Change and Clean Growth.    In the letter,...
Sep 12, 2017
(September 12, 2017 - Saskatoon) -  The National Farmers Union (NFU) supports and urges Members of Parliament to vote in favour of Bill C-262, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, which calls upon the Canadian government to fully adopt and...
Aug 15, 2017
(August 15, 2017) As the formal talks to renegotiate NAFTA begin in Washington, DC this week, family farm organizations from Canada, the United States and Mexico denounce the direction of the talks. Despite repeated demands by civil society organizations in all three countries, the governments have...
Jul 15, 2017
The National Farmers Union participated in the Encounter of Social Organizations of Canada, the United States and Mexico, which was held in May 2017, and endorses the following statement:   POLITICAL DECLARATION OF THE ENCOUNTER OF SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS OF CANADA, UNITED STATES AND MEXICO The...
Jul 13, 2017
July 13, 2017 - Saskatoon, SK: The Hudson Bay rail line to Churchill has been shut since late May due to flooding that damaged the tracks. The Denver-based OmniTRAX Inc., which owns both the rail line and the port of Churchill, has suspended the train until winter and perhaps until next spring....
Jul 10, 2017
Several members of the National Farmers Union (NFU) will travel to the Basque Country to participate in La Via Campesina’s 7th International Conference, July 16th to the 24th, 2017.   La Via Campesina (LVC) is a global movement that brings together organizations representing small- and...
Jun 25, 2017
June 26, 2017 - Saskatoon, SK: The National Farmers Union (NFU) is proud to endorse Idle No More’s “UNsettling Canada 150” Call to Action. As people across Canada are celebrating the 150th anniversary of confederation, the NFU is convinced that this is a crucial time to be...
Jun 16, 2017
      Version PDF - COMMUNIQUÉ  DE  PRESSE    Des regroupements d’agriculteurs exhortent le ministre de l’Agriculture à révoquer l’enregistrement des variétés de luzerne génétiquement modifiée Longueuil, Ottawa, Saskatoon, le...
Jun 16, 2017
  Longueuil, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Dawson Creek — June 19, 2017:  Today, 14 farm organizations repeated their joint call for the federal government to cancel variety registration for all genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) alfalfa until a full...
May 12, 2017
(May 12, 2017, Kingston)  The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) applauds the formation of a Prison Farm Advisory Panel by Correctional Services Canada (CSC). The panel is a positive step toward the decision to re-open two prison farms in Kingston.   On May 11, 2017, CSC...
Apr 27, 2017
PDF Version    The following is the text of the letter sent on April 26, 2017   Dear Minister MacAulay and Members of the Permanent Mission of Canada to the FAO Agencies:    We are writing to you on behalf of the National Farmers Union of Canada with regard to a very...
Apr 20, 2017
(April 20, 2017 - Courtenay, BC). Today, the President of National Farmers Union (NFU) sent US President Donald Trump a letter via Twitter, encouraging him to adopt a solution that would make America’s dairy farmers great again.    “We have compassion for American family...
Apr 20, 2017
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has proposed a major change to food safety regulations. If these regulations  are adopted they will increase farmers' costs, increase the cost of food, make it much harder for small fresh fruit and vegetable farmers to survive and would severely...