Press releases

2017

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...
Apr 3, 2017
What’s going on in the grain trade these days? The National Farmers Union's Trains and Grain Committee would like to hear from you to learn more about farmers’ experiences with the grain companies, especially in the context of changes to the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) and...
Mar 29, 2017
by Jan Slomp   The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) has called on the federal government to expand the legal justification for self-defense. In early March 2017, 93 percent of its annual convention delegates voted in favour of a resolution indicating they believe rural...
Mar 24, 2017
(Saskatoon, March 24, 2017) - “The government of Saskatchewan’s 2017 budget will make life more difficult for farmers and other rural residents while giving corporations and the extractive industries unnecessary tax breaks,” said Cam Goff, Hanley-area farmer and National Farmers...
Mar 17, 2017
(March 17 2017) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is deeply concerned by the news that 93% of Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) annual convention delegates voted in favour of a resolution calling on the federal government to “expand the rights and justification for an...
Mar 15, 2017
(March 15, 2017) - The National Farmers Union has joined over 200 organizations from Pacific Rim countries who are calling upon Trade Ministers meeting in Chile this week to abandon the TPP model and instead join with citizens in a more open and democratic process to develop alternative approaches...
Mar 9, 2017
The National Farmers Union is launching an online and mail out survey to ask farmers how they are being treated when they deliver grain to an inland elevator.  “As a grassroots farm organization, the NFU is starting to hear repeated stories of grain farmers being dissatisfied with their...
Mar 9, 2017
  March 09, 2017, Saskatoon   In December 2016 a significant victory was achieved in North Dakota when pressure from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with other Indigenous and non-Indigenous supporters, managed to convince the Obama administration,through months of struggle,to deny a...
Feb 22, 2017
CETA is a false solution to economic and political woes By Jan Slomp, President, National Farmers Union   Since Donald Trump took office as President of the United States, a shocking list of executive orders is making people around the world uneasy about unpredictable days ahead. Democracy and...
Feb 6, 2017
Mr. Michael Sabia, President and CEO La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec,   Mr. Gordon J. Fyfe CEO British Columbia Investment Management Corporation   Dear Mr. Sabia and Mr. Fyfe,   As Canadian organizations concerned about social justice, here in Canada and in the Global...
Feb 6, 2017
Solidarity with Palestinian Farmers for an End to the Annexation and Colonization of Palestine (Saskatoon, February 3, 2017) - As a member of the global farmer movement, La Vía Campesina, the National Farmers Union (NFU) builds solidarity with farmers internationally. The NFU is therefore deeply...
Jan 26, 2017
by Jan Slomp   Over the decades since the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and later, NAFTA, was signed, Canadian agriculture has undergone a significant shift. There was once a multitude of diverse local and regional economic drivers, but now we have a “one size fits all”...
Jan 23, 2017
(Winnipeg, Jan. 18, 2017) - National Farmers Union Region 5 (Manitoba) states that the current stable funding model for General Farm Organizations (GFO) to represent Manitoba farmers’ voices on agriculture issues needs a serious fix.   On January 17, 2017, Manitoba Minister of...

2016

Nov 30, 2016
(Saskatoon, SK, November 30, 2016) – The 47th Annual National Convention of the National Farmers Union (NFU) resolved to denounce the repression of peaceful protesters, including Indigenous land protectors, and expressed its support for the rights of people to engage in acts of civil...
Nov 29, 2016
(Red Deer, AB – November 29, 2016) – The National Farmers Union (NFU) urges federal Agriculture Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, and his provincial counterparts, Hon. Oneil Carlier (Alberta) and Hon. Lyle Stewart (Saskatchewan), to provide immediate relief to cattle farmers affected by the...
Nov 28, 2016
(Saskatoon, November 28, 2016) - Jan Slomp was re-elected President of the National Farmers Union at the 47th Annual National Convention held in Saskatoon November 24 to 26, 2016. Results of the national officers elections are as follows: Jan Slomp of Courtenay, BC, elected President Coral Sproule...
Nov 8, 2016
(November 8, 2016) - Agriculture has existed for over 10,000 years, and ever since it began, women have played a vital role. Whether working in the kitchen, keeping house or educating children, the large majority of family farms wouldn’t have a shot without the work of the women.  More...
Nov 8, 2016
(le 8 novembre, 2016) - Depuis que l’agriculture existe il y a au moins 10 000 ans, les femmes y ont joué un rôle vital. Que ce soit au niveau de la cuisine, de l’entretien des maisons ou de l’éducation des enfants, la grosse majorité des fermes familiales ne tiendrait pas le coup...