Press releases

2013

May 30, 2013
May 30, 2013 (Saskatoon)–  Genetically engineered (GE) winter wheat was found in the USA this spring when an Oregon farmer noticed volunteer wheat that survived after he sprayed with glyphosate (Roundup) in preparation for spring seeding. Yesterday, the USDA confirmed that it is Monsanto...
May 23, 2013
May 23, 2013  (Saskatoon) - On May 17, ten days after the National Research Council (NRC) announced it is “open for business” with a new mandate to serve private industry’s commercial goals instead of pursuing basic scientific research, the Canadian Wheat Alliance (CWA)...
May 13, 2013
 MaMaMay 13, 2013 - (Saskatoon) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) urges farmers and all Canadians interested in food and seed to respond by May 23 to the federal government’s proposed changes to the Seeds Act Regulations. The changes will have far-reaching implications that should...
May 6, 2013
(May 3, 2013) The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) refutes the recently released reasons issued by the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal. After waiting almost 120 days for the reasons, the NFU-O Council has spent the past few weeks consulting with members and...
Apr 25, 2013
Dear Premier Wynne, Re: Experimental Lakes Area The National Farmers Union would like to thank you and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger for your commitment to fund the Experimental Lakes Area for the coming year, thus ensuring that its irreplaceable work can continue. Your decision will be remembered...
Apr 18, 2013
April 18, 2013   Premier Alison Redford 307 Legislature Building 10800 - 97 Avenue Edmonton, AB  T5K 2B6   Dear Premier Redford:   We are very concerned about the Alberta government’s move to a single energy regulator and the appointment of the former founding President of...
Apr 17, 2013
Today, the NFU joins its sister organizations of La Via Campesina, the international movement of small farmers, to commemorate the 1996 massacre of 19 landless Brazilian farmers who were demanding access to land and justice. “We honor their sacrifice by relentlessly continuing our work to...
Apr 4, 2013
(Guelph, ON) The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) has written to the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario to ask the two organizations to join the April 9 Day of Action to stop the release of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa. In his letter...
Mar 18, 2013
(Rimby, AB) – “There are serious gaps in the regulation of fracking in every jurisdiction, and Alberta is no exception,” said Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union Region 7 (Alberta) Board Member. “That is why we have recommended that the Energy Resources Conservation Board...
Mar 14, 2013
Sackville, NB – Farmers and consumers in the Maritimes and across Canada are concerned about industry plans to prepare for the release of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa. A company called Forage Genetics International has applied Monsanto’s genetically modified Roundup Ready (...
Mar 7, 2013
Guelph, ON – John Sutherland of Erin, ON was elected president at the NFU-O Annual General Meeting on March 2 in Listowel. Sutherland has been President of Local 340 Waterloo, Wellington for the past three years. During that time, the local instituted three popular farming awards. For the...
Mar 6, 2013
Saskatchewan  women celebrate knowledge of and leadership in the food arena Saskatoon, SK – Saskatchewan women will join thousands of women around the world to celebrate International Women’s Day on and around March 8. One of the activities in Saskatchewan will be a series of...
Feb 28, 2013
(Saskatoon, SK)– CETA negotiations have ground to a standstill with Canada claiming that the stumbling block is the EU’s unwillingness to provide market access for our hormone-free beef and pork. NFU research shows this claim to be hollow. “Canada already has more access for both...
Feb 27, 2013
Last night, I nearly fell off my chair while reading this piece in the Guardian Weekly, “Canada’s spy chiefs target anti-frackers,” by Stephen Leahy, (Feb. 22nd, 2013). Apparently “monitoring of environmental activists in Canada by police and security agencies has become the...
Feb 25, 2013
(Saskatoon)– The National Farmers Union has studied GF2 and published a new brief, Growing Forward 2 – Accelerating Globalization, Stalling Food Sovereignty: Implications of the GF2 Strategic Initiatives Suite. “Our study shows that Growing Forward 2’s five-year “...
Feb 21, 2013
SASKATOON, SK:  The National Farmers Union (NFU) wishes to offer its condolences to the family of Eugene Whelan.  When he was Canada’s agriculture minister, Mr. Whelan was unmistakable in his bright green Stetson. “Just as you knew where he was, you always knew where he stood...
Feb 20, 2013
For those of us who care deeply about locally based food systems and who recognize the role food can play in strengthening our communities, ecosystems and economies, it can be tempting to jump at each and every opportunity to get a piece of our vision mentioned in larger discussions about food and...
Feb 13, 2013
(Saskatoon) - The National Farmers Union is among the labour, environmental, Indigenous, women’s, academic, health sector and fair trade organizations representing over 65 million people from both sides of the Atlantic that have signed a joint statement demanding that Canada and the EU stop...
Feb 12, 2013
In recent years, pension funds have started buying up farmland around the world, seeing it as a safe, long-term investment. Farmland investment companies like AgCapita, Assiniboia Capital, Bonnefield Financial and Prairie Merchants are sowing the seeds of speculation across the prairies....
Feb 11, 2013
Guelph, ON:  The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) sent a letter last week to Premier Kathleen Wynne welcoming her to the position of Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. In particular, the letter highlighted Premier Wynne's promise to re-introduce an improved...