Press releases

2018

Jul 31, 2018
(Saskatoon, July 31 2018) – On July 27, the National Farmers Union (NFU) wrote a letter to the three Commissioners of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) to express serious concerns about a proposal being developed for a new Eastern wheat class that would have no end-use quality requirements...
Jul 27, 2018
PDF Version   What is the Canadian Grain Commission? The CGC is the federal government agency that regulates grain handling in Canada and certifies the quality, safety and quantity of export shipments of Canadian grain. It delivers grain quality assurance programs and oversees quantity...
Jul 27, 2018
PDF Version   July 27, 2018   Patti Miller, Doug Chorney and Lonny McKague, Commissioners Canada Grain Commission 600-303 Main Street Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3G8     Dear Commissioners,   RE: Eastern Wheat Class Modernization   The National Farmers Union has been...
Jul 11, 2018
The front page story in a recent edition of the Toronto Star claimed to be an investigative report about milk in the grocery stores. While it is an interesting account of different practices of several dairy farmers, it comes to wrong and misleading conclusions that don’t do justice to the...
Jun 20, 2018
(Saskatoon, June 20, 2018) –The recent discovery in southern Alberta of genetically modified wheat plants with Monsanto’s glyphosate resistance trait has renewed concern about the risk of GMO contamination to Canada’s wheat. Japan and Korea have suspended imports of Canadian wheat...
Jun 20, 2018
PDF Version   June 20, 2018   Mr. Paul Glover, President Canadian Food Inspection Agency 1400 Merivale Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y9                                           ...
Jun 20, 2018
The discovery of genetically modified (GM) spring wheat plants growing in Alberta is disappointing and damaging to Canadian farmers. And so is the reaction by Cereals Canada—an industry-dominated group that falsely claims to represent Canadian wheat farmers.   An article published in...
Jun 15, 2018
(June 15, 2018, SASKATOON, SK) -- On June 14, 2018, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) released information about an incident in Alberta where a small patch of unapproved genetically modified wheat was discovered. The wheat plants have a glyphosate resistant herbicide tolerance trait...
Jun 14, 2018
The National Farmers Union sent the following letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today.  PDF Version   June 14, 2018   Right Honorable Justin Trudeau House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario   K1A 0A6            ...
May 31, 2018
May 31, 2018, Saskatoon, SK – On May 30, 2018 Canada’s Competition Bureau approved Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto with conditions, one day after the United States Justice Department announced its approval of the deal. Monsanto is with world’s largest seed company; Bayer is...
May 31, 2018
PDF Version There has been a flurry of “merger and acquisition” (M&A) activity among global agribusiness corporations since 2016. Chinese state enterprise ChemChina acquired Swiss multinational Syngenta; US-based chemical companies Dow and DuPont merged and will re-brand their...
May 8, 2018
North American organizations call for an immediate suspension of the accelerated NAFTA talks until negotiating climate improves OTTAWA, TORONTO, MEXICO CITY, WASHINGTON - May 7, 2018  - The political and economic climate under which Canada, Mexico and the United States began the NAFTA...
May 7, 2018
The NFU sent the following letter to Alberta Turkey Producers on May 7, 2018:   Re: Growing Alberta’s turkey sector through diversified production for niche markets   It has come to our attention that the upcoming meeting of the Alberta Turkey Producers Board of Directors may...
May 4, 2018
In January 2018 the NFU wrote a letter to the Auditor General of Canada to request a public audit on post-2012 spending related to the Canadian Wheat Board. We recieved a response from him and have followed up with another letter, as follows:   April 25, 2018   Michael Ferguson Auditor...
Mar 26, 2018
(March 26, 2018) With President Trump’s “America First” rhetoric it looked like NAFTA renegotiations would end in a stalemate, but Canadian give-aways to appease Trump are keeping NAFTA alive. Farmers and consumers must not be complacent regarding the federal government's...
Mar 15, 2018
(March 15, 2018) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is announcing ideas for positive change in the grain handling and transportation sector that, if enacted, will benefit farmers.    “We are proposing the establishment of Grain Car Receivers at the West Coast and at Thunder Bay....
Mar 13, 2018
Here we go again! Some prairie farmers cannot ship their grain. Grain companies and their friends are blaming the railways for not getting the grain to port. After months of being lobbied, the federal government is pushing new transportation legislation, claiming Bill C-49 will punish the railways...
Mar 8, 2018
The National Farmers Union lost a valued member, leader and friend last week. Andreas Pfenning, son of Jennifer and Ekk Pfenning, passed away suddenly when he accidentally slipped into the Nith River while hunting on February 26th. Andreas was 24 years old.   Andreas was an active member of...
Mar 7, 2018
A Statement on International Women’s Day (March 8, 2018, Ottawa, ON) -- Today, on International Women’s Day 2018 Coral Sproule, National Farmers Union (NFU) President, highlights the growing leadership of women in farming.  “When I was a kid, I thought all farmers were men on...
Mar 6, 2018
(March 6, 2018, Saskatoon) – The Senate is now studying Bill C-49, a bill to amend Canada’s Transportation Act and other related Acts, which the House of Commons passed in November. The National Farmers Union (NFU) is one of many groups urging the Senate’s Transportation and...