Press releases

2013

Feb 5, 2013
(Guelph)-  “Memories of the hot dry summer of 2012 may be dim now, as Ontarians cope with this week’s cold and snow, but the effects of the drought are still making life difficult for livestock farmers,” said Ken Mills, Middlesex County farmer and NFU-Ontario Youth Advisor....
Jan 31, 2013
Dear Minister McMeekin: The National Farmers Union-Ontario (NFU-O) is a direct-membership, non-partisan national farm organization which represents over two thousand farmers in Ontario. The NFU-O works toward the development of economic and social policies that will maintain family farms as the...
Jan 25, 2013
Saskatoon, SK:  “What an image of a long-legged woman straddling a fence has to do with selling grain is beyond me,” says Joan Brady, NFU Women’s President. “The ad is offensive, and likely to cause farmers to market their grain elsewhere.” Brady is referring to...
Jan 18, 2013
The NFU is extremely disappointed with the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada not to hear the appeal as to whether the government had acted improperly by abolishing the CWB single desk without holding a farmer plebiscite. Terry Boehm, president of the National Farmers Union said “Before...
Jan 15, 2013
Saskatoon: “The NFU is proud to declare its solidarity with Idle No More, which is bringing people together from across Canada to stop the Harper government from riding roughshod over our collective rights,” says Glenn Tait, NFU National Board member.  “We want a better...
Jan 9, 2013
NFU National Office 2717 Wentz Avenue Saskatoon, SK  S7K 4B6 Tel:         (306) 652-9465 Fax:        (306) 664-6226 E-mail:  nfu@nfu.ca             ...
Jan 3, 2013
Farmers are greeted with two more negative occurrences in an already fragmented and increasingly hostile grain handling and rail system. “The Canadian Grain Commission has closed its Winnipeg Service Centre, no doubt because of the elimination of federal funding for the CGC,” stated Ed...
Jan 2, 2013
Cargill’s announcement of an expansion of railcar spots in Kindersley, SK is being characterized as an investment for farmers. “In reality, it is an investment by farmers,” says Terry Boehm, President of the National Farmers Union. “Farmers pay for these expansions through...

2012

Dec 11, 2012
Saskatoon, SK—“Today’s announcement of impending legislation to mandate service agreements between railways and shippers indicates that the federal government finally recognizes the need for regulation of the rail sector,” says Terry Boehm, National Farmers Union President...
Dec 7, 2012
Guelph, ON — On Wednesday, December 5, the NFU-O received a fourth interim order requesting several hundreds of pages of documentation on its activities over the past three years. The Tribunal has alleged that the NFU-O does not represent farmers in Ontario, which has infuriated the Ontario...
Dec 6, 2012
by Ann Slater The Highland Companies' withdrawal of its application to develop a quarry in Melanchton Township presents some interesting food for thought, or maybe that should be gravel for thought.  The most recent deadline to submit comments on the draft Provincial Policy Statement (PPS...
Dec 5, 2012
Boehm Re-elected By Acclamation At 43rd Annual NFU National Convention Saskatoon, Sask. - Terry Boehm of Allan, Saskatchewan was re-elected President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) by acclamation, at its 43rd annual National Convention held in Saskatoon, November 24 to 26, 2012. Colleen Ross...
Dec 3, 2012
(Rogersville, N.B.)- Jean-Eudes Chiasson, President of the National Farmers Union in New Brunswick, has said he is very pleased with the provincial government’s commitment to the value-added food sector and the promotion of local community food products, as stated in the throne speech read on...
Oct 25, 2012
To the editor, On the morning of October 22, I woke up, made coffee turned on the TV to my favorite news channel. The first thing I saw was the story on the landfill at Brooks, Alberta and the truckloads of meat being dumped and buried there. My first reaction was shock as to what a million pounds...
Oct 24, 2012
(Kitchener) – Today farmers and consumers are protesting industry plans to prepare for the release of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa in Ontario. The protest, organized by the National Farmers Union (NFU) Grey Local 344 and NFU Region 3 (Ontario), is outside a Canadian Seed Trade...
Oct 23, 2012
(Saskatoon)  - “The Harper government is taking another dangerous step in its shift towards industry self-regulation by ending a number of important functions of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). Bill C-45 will eliminate mandatory inward inspection, end weigh-overs, and change the...
Oct 18, 2012
(Saskatoon)-JBS, the world’s largest meat packing corporation, is in line to take over the troubled XL Foods Lakeside beef processing plant. Owned in part by the Brazilian government (30%), JBS operates in the USA, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, China, Russia, Australia, Italy and Mexico. Also...
Oct 16, 2012
(Saskatoon, SK) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) affirms World Food Day (October 16) as an opportunity for Canadians, all of whom are eaters, to think and act differently about their food system and the farmers that provide that food.    Colleen Ross, 1st Vice President (Policy) for the...
Oct 11, 2012
(Saskatoon) - The National Farmers Union is reminding policy makers about its analysis of the beef sector, including 16 recommendations outlined in our 2008 report, The Farm Crisis and the Cattle Sector: Toward a New Analysis and New Solutions. Problems related to the beef sector that we identified...
Oct 10, 2012
By Neil Peacock The XL Foods recall has really got people talking about the food system all across Canada. Concern for the safety of our food unites us whether we are urban or rural, farmers or consumers, regardless of which part of the country we live in. Some people are saying we need  a...