Press releases

2012

May 25, 2012
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield seem to be using farmers as bait to get the public to swallow the changes to the Fisheries Act included in Bill C‐38, the omnibus Budget Implementation Act. By suggesting that the federal government is abandoning protection of...
May 15, 2012
National Farmers Union members had the opportunity to meet with Olivier De Shutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, on Thursday evening May 10th, 2012. De Shutter is in Canada on an official country visit investigating how well Canada is delivering on its commitment to the human...
May 14, 2012
Guelph, ON – At the public hearings on the review of the Aggregate Resource Act (ARA) held Monday at Queen's Park in Toronto, the National Farmers Union asked the Standing Committee on General Government to makethe preservation of farmland a priority over the extraction of aggregate....
Apr 27, 2012
Federal Government is Weak-Minded on CETA Deal The National Farmers Union wonders whether the Federal Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries promoting the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement across Canada today have actually read the text of the agreement?  Or did they simply memorize...
Apr 26, 2012
Federal Budget Stalls Economic Engine: cutting Co-operative Development Initiative and starving Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat will undermine rural economy, says NFU The National Farmers Union deplores the federal budget cuts that will end the Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI) and...
Apr 17, 2012
National Farmers Union Marks the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle, April 17, 2012 (Saskatoon) - The National Farmers Union, as a member of La Via Campesina, joins with our sister organizations around the world to mark April 17, the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle. The...
Apr 16, 2012
(Saskatoon): With a wild swing of its budgetary axe, the federal government is about to hack down the 111 year-old Prairie Shelterbelt Program. This short-sighted destructive move will have negative consequences for prairie farmers, their crops and livestock, soils, wildlife and the climate....
Apr 5, 2012
(Saskatoon)- A chasm in the wheat sector in western Canada was opened when Bill C-18 was passed in defiance of the rule of law and against the wishes of a majority of wheat farmers. It ended the democratic farmer control of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) and its single-desk authority. Now, there...
Apr 2, 2012
(Saskatoon) -- The National Farmers Union is disappointed but not surprised at the recent federal budget. “The effect of this budget will be a major transfer of wealth and power from Canadian citizens to private corporations – many not even based in Canada,” said Terry Boehm, NFU...
Mar 20, 2012 File(s) attached
(Saskatoon, SK) - “The sale of Viterra to Glencore International, and its plans to hive off parts of the company to Richardson International and Agrium Inc., tilts the economic playing field ever more in favour of global agribusiness corporations to the disadvantage of Canadian farmers,...
Feb 23, 2012
(Rimbey, Alberta, February 23, 2012)  “Many farmers in my area who either have direct experience with the destructive nature of hydro-fracking technology on their water wells, or who have neighbours who have been affected have come to me with their concerns” says Jan Slomp, Rimbey...
Jan 12, 2012 File(s) attached
Saskatoon, Sask. - The National Farmers Union is offering its full support to Caterpillar workers at the Electro-Motive Plant in London Ontario. "We are shocked that one of the most profitable corporations in the world, making $1 billion in profits in a single quarter alone, is threatening its...

2011

Dec 22, 2011 File(s) attached
Guelph, ON – The National Farmers Union (NFU) has submitted several recommendations to the Ontario Ministry of Energy's Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program Two-Year Review. These include requests for a stronger focus on energy conservation and equal rates for ground-mount and roof-top microFIT...
Dec 12, 2011
L’Union nationale des fermiers au Nouveau-Brunswick est heureuse d’annoncer la nomination de Melanie Jellet en tant que Directrice générale, avec entrée en fonction le 1er décembre. Jellett demeure à Murray Corner, mais elle a grandi dans la région de Gaspé, au Québec. Elle est diplômée...
Dec 12, 2011
The National Farmers Union in New Brunswick is pleased to announce the appointment of Melanie Jellett as Executive Director, effective December 1. Jellett is a resident of Murray Corner, but grew up in the Gaspé region of Québec. She is a graduate of Mount Allison University in Sackville, where she...
Dec 8, 2011 File(s) attached
Saskatoon, Sask. - The NFU is calling for the resignation of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, after a Federal Court judge ruled that he broke the law when he introduced Bill C- 18 into Parliament without holding a farmer plebiscite. “Minister Ritz has disregarded the majority opinion of...
Dec 7, 2011 File(s) attached
Saskatoon, Sask. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) says that today’s ruling by a Federal Court judge in Winnipeg, is vindication of what it and other farm groups have been saying all along. The judge ruled that Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is breaking the law by trying to remove the...
Nov 30, 2011 File(s) attached
Saskatoon, Sask. - Terry Boehm of Allan, Saskatchewan was re-elected President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) by acclamation, at its 42nd annual national convention in London, Ontario last week. Colleen Ross of Iroquois, Ontario was acclaimed as NFU 1st Vice-President (Policy). Don Mills of...
Nov 8, 2011 File(s) attached
Saskatoon, Sask. - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is offering its congratulations to Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party for their victory in the Saskatchewan provincial election yesterday. The Saskatchewan Party was credited with achieving an overwhelming victory, after it captured 64% of the...
Nov 1, 2011 File(s) attached
Saskatoon, Sask. November 2, 2011 – The NFU is calling on Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz to quit hiding behind closed doors as his government steamrolls legislation through Parliament to kill the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB). Yesterday, several farmers attempted to attend an event at which the...