Press releases

2017

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...
Oct 28, 2016
By Jan Slomp   On Thursday’s CBC Vancouver noon news program, the business reporter made the odd announcement that dairy farmers in Canada are the second most uncompetitive in the world. This came immediately after reporting that a deal on CETA had been reached after the Belgian region...
Oct 26, 2016
by Emery Huszka, NFU-O President Recently, farm families across Ontario have received MPAC notices reflecting dramatic changes in values. In some cases, assessment estimates are doubled from 2012. MPAC has captured what the National Farmers Union-Ontario (NFU-O) has been warning of for years. (See...
Oct 21, 2016
(Saskatoon – October 21, 2016) -  Today Canada’s Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland conceded defeat in her efforts to convince the Belgian province of Wallonia drop its opposition to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Without Wallonian...
Oct 19, 2016
(le français suit)   (October 19, 2016 – Fredericton) – The National Farmers Union in NB welcomes the Local Food and Beverages Strategy announced today by Minister Rick Doucet.  The NFU-NB has been an advocate for local food policy for nearly a decade, and we are pleased that...
Oct 17, 2016
October 17, 2016   Paul Magnette   Ministre-Président de la Wallonie Rue Mazy, 25-27 5100 Namur                          As farmers organized in the National Farmers...
Oct 12, 2016
(Montreal, October 12, 2016) -  On October 11, 2016, French farmer José Bové, who is a Member of the European Parliament and an outspoken critic of the Canada European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), was denied entry into Canada at the Montreal airport. No explanation...
Oct 7, 2016
(Le 28 septembre 2016, Courtenay, C.-B.)- Le 19 septembre 2016, Jan Slomp, président de l'Union nationale des fermiers (UNF), a rencontré les dirigeants de la European Milk Board et les fonctionnaires de la Commission européenne à Bruxelles. Il y fut invité pour élaborer sur sa lettre du 22...
Sep 30, 2016
  (le français suit)   ​(September 29, 2016) - When we started farming six years ago we had already been restauranteurs for seven years.  It all began when we thought we would find a way to feed our growing family of three boys and one girl.  We wanted to know what was in our...
Sep 28, 2016
(September 28, 2016, Courtenay, BC) - On September 19, 2016 Jan Slomp, President of Canada’s National Farmers Union (NFU) met with leaders of the European Milk Board and European Commission officials in Brussels. He was invited there to elaborate on his July 22, 2016 letter to European Union...
Sep 21, 2016
Op Ed: A system that leaves producers out by design by Amanda Wildeman, Executive director, NFU-NB September 19, 2016   New Brunswick wild blueberry producers have faced one of the hardest seasons in history: strong NB yields, record low prices, closure of buying stations, a new processing...
Sep 19, 2016
(Saskatoon - Sept. 19, 2016) - Bayer’s September 14 announcement that it will buy Monsanto for $66 billion comes just days after fertilizer companies PotashCorp and Agrium confirmed their $30 billion dollar merger deal. Meanwhile, the Chinese agro-chemical giant, ChemChina is in the process...