Press releases

2018

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...
Feb 28, 2018
(February 28, 2018, Kingston ON) - A nine year campaign to save the prison farm program at federal institutions paid off today where it counts — in the federal budget.   The national government will invest $4.3 million over five years, beginning in 2018, to support re-opening the...
Feb 21, 2018
Letter of Solidarity  to Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement, Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST)   The National Farmers Union (NFU) of Canada expresses deep sadness over the murder of Márcio Matos (Marcinho), leader of the MST in the state of Bahia, Brazil, on January...
Feb 13, 2018
(February 13, 2018, Red Deer, AB) – On February 15, 2018 the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case, Orphan Well Association, et al. v. Grant Thornton Limited, et al., also known as the Redwater Appeal. The case involves the bankruptcy trustee of an oil company, Redwater Energy Corp. that...
Feb 1, 2018
PDF Version   January 31, 2018   Michael Ferguson Auditor General of Canada 240 Sparks Street Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G6    Re: Request for audit of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) and the Government of Canada Public Expenditures related to the CWB between December 2012 and today....
Jan 10, 2018
  SASKATOON, SK:  The National Farmers Union (NFU) offers condolences to the family of Shiv Chopra, who passed away on January 7, 2018.  Many will remember him as the Health Canada whistleblower who was fired from his job for speaking out against the use of growth hormones to...

2017

Dec 21, 2017
(December 21, 2017, Courtenay, BC) -- The National Farmers Union (NFU) stands in solidarity with British Columbia fishing communities and the Save our BC Fisheries Campaign. We call on the Canadian government to make urgently needed reforms to Pacific fisheries management and licensing policy....
Dec 20, 2017
By Jan Slomp When BC’s new government was sworn in last spring many hoped for a renewed respect for Treaty Rights and First Nation communities. The promise to have the BC Utility Commission report on the construction plans of Site C was encouraging. When the report was issued in October,...
Dec 19, 2017
By Ian Robson   For over 100 years, the Port of Churchill on Hudson Bay was the gateway to northern Manitoba and communities in Nunavut Territory. Served by 820 kilometres of railway line from La Pas, Manitoba, it shipped western grain to European markets until the Port was stranded, then...