Press releases

2012

Oct 3, 2012
(Sexsmith, AB)- The National Farmers Union (NFU) asserts that federal agriculture and trade policy created the conditions that led to Canada’s largest recall of beef from stores, homes and restaurants all across Canada due to E.coli 0157 contamination which has now temporarily shut down the...
Oct 1, 2012
(Guelph, ON)- The National Farmers Union recently surveyed Ontario members to document the impact of this summer’s drought. Farmers in Bruce, Elgin, Grey, Huron, Lanark, Lennox and Addington, Ottawa, Oxford and Renfrew counties responded. Their crops and activities include beef, sheep, pork,...
Sep 20, 2012
(Sackville, NB)- Over the past year the National Farmers Union in New Brunswick (NFU in NB) has been involved in an industry/government working group established to make changes to the provincial Farm Registry and the Fuel Tax Exemption Program. “It has been a collaborative process,”...
Sep 19, 2012
Beachburg, ON – Dave Mackay, President of the Renfrew County National Farmers Union reports that it was recommended the agricultural community participate in the present discussions leading to revisions to the Renfrew County Official Plan.  The proper designation of agriculture lands...
Sep 18, 2012
(Saskatoon) - Friday’s announcement of the revised Growing Forward 2 Business Risk Management (BRM) programs, the cost-shared federal-provincial policy framework, has two significant changes: a loss level trigger for AgriStability that will make it difficult, if not impossible, for most farms...
Sep 10, 2012
The Growing Forward 2 Agricultural Program is about change.  Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz met with representatives from the agriculture industry recently in Fredericton to discuss the Growing Forward 2 Program to be implemented April 2013.  National Farmers Union in New...
Aug 21, 2012
(Saskatoon)– The National Farmers Union (NFU) calls on federal and provincial agriculture ministers to improve Business Risk Management (BRM) programs under Growing Forward 2 by ensuring needed money will be directed to family farms instead of being used to help the biggest corporate farms...
Aug 15, 2012
Bouctouche, N.B.-The National Farmers Union spoke out clearly at the NFU Region 1 Convention on August 7 against the closure of the Hervé J. Michaud Experimental Farm in Bouctouche.  Members attending from the three Maritime Provinces were unanimous in passing a resolution to maintain the...
Aug 10, 2012
Bouctouche, N.B. Farmers from the three Maritime provinces gathered at the Duneview Inn/L’Auberge Vue de la Dune in Bouctouche, NB, on Tuesday, August 7, for the National Farmers Union (NFU) Region 1 Convention.  This year’s theme was “Diversifying the Farm: Value-adding in...
Aug 3, 2012
August 3, 2012 Dear Minister Ritz and Minister McMeekin: The National Farmers Union – Ontario would like to acknowledge and thank you for your efforts in beginning to assess the impact of the drought on farmers across Ontario and across commodities by opening an AgriRecovery file. As...
Jul 25, 2012
SASKATOON, SK—Today, Bill Gehl, Chair of the Canadian Wheat Board Alliance, and Terry Boehm, President of the National Farmers Union, are in Saskatoon to speak to the media about a year of infamy in Canadian agricultural policy and for Canadian democracy. “Since the Harper government...
Jul 23, 2012
Here is the letter from Hon. Ted Meekin, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in response to NFU in Ontario's letter regarding the 2012 drought situation.
Jul 16, 2012
Guelph, Ontario – The National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on local food eaters and the Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to support Ontario family farmers as they cope with drought conditions and other weather-related challenges. St. Marys area farmer and Ontario NFU...
Jul 11, 2012
by Randall Affleck, NFU Board Member I am proud of Canada’s national agriculture policy for dairy; supply management. Like many rural initiatives of the past, it has deep cooperative roots that have nurtured the development of a viable, modern dairy sector in every region of Canada. It...
Jul 9, 2012
Beachburg, ON – Dave Mackay, President of the Renfrew County National Farmers Union, reports the present drought situation is serious and almost to the point of becoming critical for area farmers. Farmers had already expressed concern two weeks ago, however the situation has escalated to very...
Jun 22, 2012
Ottawa: “Former Liberal leadership candidate Martha Hall-Findlay has made public both her opposition to, and her lack of understanding of Canada’s supply management system for dairy in the report she presented in a press conference yesterday,” said Paul Slomp, National Farmers...
Jun 19, 2012
The National Farmers Union is extremely disappointed in the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision to strike down Justice Campbell’s December 7, 2011 ruling where he found that Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz had acted outside of the rule of law by bringing forward legislation that...
Jun 19, 2012
From June 20-22, 2012, governments from all over the world will meet in Río de Janeiro, Brazil, to commemorate 20 years since the “Earth Summit”, the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development, which established for the first time a global agenda for “sustainable...
May 29, 2012
(Saskatoon, SK) - “Today’s shareholder vote approving the sale of Viterra to Glencore International marks a sad day for Canadian farmers,” said Terry Boehm, National Farmers Union President. “Viterra was created from the former wheat pools – co-operatives that were...
May 25, 2012
Melville, SK.“As farmers we look forward to a speedy resolution to the strike at CP rail,” said Terry Boehm, NFU President. “However, we do support collective bargaining and realize that the right to strike is an important part of the process and it should not be taken away by...