Press releases

2013

Nov 15, 2013
(Nov. 15, 2013 - Saskatoon, SK) - Gerry Ritz announced at this week’s semi-annual meeting of the Canadian Seed Trade Association that he intends to bring UPOV ’91 into force by August 1, 2014. Members of the CSTA include seed giants Dow Agro Sciences, BASF, Bayer, Monsanto, Syngenta, Du...
Nov 6, 2013
(Nov. 6, 2013, Saskatoon) –   The National Farmers Union (NFU) is recommending against new regulations that would replace the current bond security system that protects farmers in the event of non-payment by licensed grain companies. There are numerous implications to the proposed...
Oct 30, 2013
(Oct 28, 2013 - Westmeath, ON) Tony Straathof, President of the Renfrew County/Ontario National Farmers Union advises Renfrew County farmers, businesses and consumers should critically assess the implications of the Trade Agreement with Europe which was recently signed in principal by Prime...
Oct 28, 2013
(Oct. 28, 2013 - Deleau, MB) – The National Farmers Union Region 5 (Manitoba) has recommended to the Manitoba Minister of Agriculture and Rural Initiatives that the existing Commission Model for the Proposed Wheat and Barley Checkoff dollars (as outlined on page 25 of the October 17 Manitoba...
Oct 17, 2013
(October 17, 2013 - Guelph, ON): On October 16, Justice Beaudoin released his decision on the judicial review of the Appeal Tribunal’s denial of accreditation for the National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) for part of 2012 and all of 2013. In the decision, Justice Beaudoin states,...
Oct 17, 2013
(Saskatoon, SK, October 17, 2013) - Of all the negative actions that Harper has taken, the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) is by far the worst. Harper has sold Canadians out to be governed by foreign corporations. “The devil is always in the detail, which this government has...
Oct 15, 2013
(Saskatoon, SK) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) invites all Canadians to acknowledge World Food Day (October 16) with friends, neighbours and community members. Colleen Ross, 1st Vice President (Policy) for the NFU, says “Food is at the center of almost all ceremonies and celebrations for...
Oct 7, 2013
(October 7, 2013, St Marys, ON) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) says the Ontario Ministry of Environment has missed the point in its denial of the request for an environmental assessment of genetically engineered (also called genetically modified or GM) herbicide tolerant (Roundup Ready) alfalfa...
Sep 23, 2013
(Saskatoon, Sept. 23, 2013)-- The federal government plans to privatize Seed Field Crop Inspection in 2014, ending an 85-year history of government inspection in Canada. The 2012 federal budget directed the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to privatize seed field crop inspection services...
Sep 12, 2013
(September 12, 2013, St. Marys, ON).  After nearly a year of deliberation and controversy, the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA), a lobby group representing large seed companies such as Monsanto, Bayer, Dupont Pioneer and Forage Genetics International, finally announced its Coexistence...
Aug 26, 2013
                  Le Jen Chapin Trio de NYC fait la promotion de l’agriculture locale. De gauche à droite : Stephan Crump (Jen Chapin Trio), Marieka Chaplin, Directrice générale de l’Union nationale des fermiers au NB, Jen Chapin et Jamie...
Aug 26, 2013
                  Jen Chapin Trio from NYC Promotes Local Agriculture From left: Stephan Crump (Jen Chapin Trio), Marieka Chaplin, National Farmers Union in NB Executive Director, Jen Chapin and Jamie Fox (Jen Chapin Trio) (Keswick Ridge, NB. August 26...
Aug 20, 2013
(August 13, 2013) The National Farmers Union in New Brunswick (NFU in NB) is pleased to announce the 2013 winners of the David Frost Memorial Scholarships and the National Farmers Union in NB Scholarship. Berndien Bakker of Killoween is the winner of the $1000 David Frost scholarship for a daughter...
Jul 31, 2013
Members of the National Farmers Union (NFU) from across Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick will meet in Cornwall, PEI on August 6th, 2013. The NFU regional convention will be held at The Dutch Inn commencing at 9:30 A.M. Speakers include: NFU President Terry Boehm (via Skype)...
Jul 25, 2013
July 25, 2013. Ottawa – Two farmers have formally asked the Ontario government to carry out an environmental assessment of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa before the seed is sold in the province. Today, they launched an application under Ontario’s ...
Jul 19, 2013
The National Farmers Union in New Brunswick is pleased to announce the appointment of Marieka Chaplin as Executive Director, effective July 2, 2013.  Chaplin is a resident of Keswick Ridge and grew up in Carleton County, NB. She is a biology graduate of the University of Guelph in Guelph,...
Jul 19, 2013
L’Union nationale des fermiers au Nouveau-Brunswick est heureuse d’annoncer la nomination de Marieka Chaplin en tant que Directrice générale, à partir du 2 juillet 2013.   Chaplin demeure à Keswick Ridge et elle a grandit dans le comté de Carleton, au N.-B. Elle est diplômée en...
Jun 26, 2013
June 26, 2013 (Bedeque, PEI):  At the beginning of June, the Best Acre Farms of Tryon, Prince Edward Island, went public with their heart-wrenching story. They are on the brink of losing their potato farm as creditors seek foreclosure. The Best family has turned to the crowd-source funding...
Jun 24, 2013
(Jakarta, Indonesia): Farmers from Canada and European Union countries participated in the 6th International Conference of the Via Campesina (LVC) in Jakarta, Indonesia where they discussed the ongoing trade negotiations between their governments.   "Like us, European family farmers can...
Jun 21, 2013
The National Farmers Union (NFU) is speaking out in strong support of one of its valued members. The Best family, David, Heather, Brian, Dale, Greg, and their families are facing a possible devastating loss. Their potato farm is under threat. It’s not just a farm. It’s not just a...