Press releases

2016

Nov 28, 2016
(Saskatoon, November 28, 2016) - Jan Slomp was re-elected President of the National Farmers Union at the 47th Annual National Convention held in Saskatoon November 24 to 26, 2016. Results of the national officers elections are as follows: Jan Slomp of Courtenay, BC, elected President Coral Sproule...
Nov 8, 2016
(November 8, 2016) - Agriculture has existed for over 10,000 years, and ever since it began, women have played a vital role. Whether working in the kitchen, keeping house or educating children, the large majority of family farms wouldn’t have a shot without the work of the women.  More...
Nov 8, 2016
(le 8 novembre, 2016) - Depuis que l’agriculture existe il y a au moins 10 000 ans, les femmes y ont joué un rôle vital. Que ce soit au niveau de la cuisine, de l’entretien des maisons ou de l’éducation des enfants, la grosse majorité des fermes familiales ne tiendrait pas le coup...
Oct 28, 2016
By Jan Slomp   On Thursday’s CBC Vancouver noon news program, the business reporter made the odd announcement that dairy farmers in Canada are the second most uncompetitive in the world. This came immediately after reporting that a deal on CETA had been reached after the Belgian region...
Oct 26, 2016
by Emery Huszka, NFU-O President Recently, farm families across Ontario have received MPAC notices reflecting dramatic changes in values. In some cases, assessment estimates are doubled from 2012. MPAC has captured what the National Farmers Union-Ontario (NFU-O) has been warning of for years. (See...
Oct 21, 2016
(Saskatoon – October 21, 2016) -  Today Canada’s Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland conceded defeat in her efforts to convince the Belgian province of Wallonia drop its opposition to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Without Wallonian...
Oct 19, 2016
(le français suit)   (October 19, 2016 – Fredericton) – The National Farmers Union in NB welcomes the Local Food and Beverages Strategy announced today by Minister Rick Doucet.  The NFU-NB has been an advocate for local food policy for nearly a decade, and we are pleased that...
Oct 17, 2016
October 17, 2016   Paul Magnette   Ministre-Président de la Wallonie Rue Mazy, 25-27 5100 Namur                          As farmers organized in the National Farmers...
Oct 12, 2016
(Montreal, October 12, 2016) -  On October 11, 2016, French farmer José Bové, who is a Member of the European Parliament and an outspoken critic of the Canada European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), was denied entry into Canada at the Montreal airport. No explanation...
Oct 7, 2016
(Le 28 septembre 2016, Courtenay, C.-B.)- Le 19 septembre 2016, Jan Slomp, président de l'Union nationale des fermiers (UNF), a rencontré les dirigeants de la European Milk Board et les fonctionnaires de la Commission européenne à Bruxelles. Il y fut invité pour élaborer sur sa lettre du 22...
Sep 30, 2016
  (le français suit)   ​(September 29, 2016) - When we started farming six years ago we had already been restauranteurs for seven years.  It all began when we thought we would find a way to feed our growing family of three boys and one girl.  We wanted to know what was in our...
Sep 28, 2016
(September 28, 2016, Courtenay, BC) - On September 19, 2016 Jan Slomp, President of Canada’s National Farmers Union (NFU) met with leaders of the European Milk Board and European Commission officials in Brussels. He was invited there to elaborate on his July 22, 2016 letter to European Union...
Sep 21, 2016
Op Ed: A system that leaves producers out by design by Amanda Wildeman, Executive director, NFU-NB September 19, 2016   New Brunswick wild blueberry producers have faced one of the hardest seasons in history: strong NB yields, record low prices, closure of buying stations, a new processing...
Sep 19, 2016
(Saskatoon - Sept. 19, 2016) - Bayer’s September 14 announcement that it will buy Monsanto for $66 billion comes just days after fertilizer companies PotashCorp and Agrium confirmed their $30 billion dollar merger deal. Meanwhile, the Chinese agro-chemical giant, ChemChina is in the process...
Sep 14, 2016
(Wednesday, September 14, 2016) - The National Farmers Union in New Brunswick condemns the Government of New Brunswick’s lack of interest and support of wild blueberry producers in the face of this year’s low prices and market access crisis.  Many government staff, including the...
Sep 14, 2016
UNF-NB déçu de l’inaction du gouvernement concernant la crise des bleuets sauvages​ en cours ​ (Mercredi, le 14 septembre, 2016) L’Union nationale des fermiers au Nouveau-Brunswick condamne le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick pour son manque d’intérêt et de soutien aux...
Sep 7, 2016
PDF Version   Re: Hearing Order OH-002-2016 File OF-Fac-Oil-E266-2014-01 02 Energy East Project, Asset Transfer and Eastern Mainline Project (the Project) Comment on notices of motion from Strategies Energetiques (SE) and the Association quebecoise de lutte contre las pollution atmospherique (...
Sep 6, 2016
September 6, 2016 - The new NB Economic Growth Plan places new farmers on the list of priority areas to grow New Brunswick’s economy.  The National Farmers Union in NB has been working on and advocating for a comprehensive, interdepartmental effort to create opportunities for new...
Sep 6, 2016
By Dean Harder   Most of us take for granted that the majority of our roads and highways are publicly funded and built at cost in order to serve the overall public good. There is no clamour asking why those roads are not being given away to private companies to let road barons profit from them...
Sep 2, 2016
(Sept. 2, 2016 - Ottawa, ON) National Farmers Union-Ontario members recently attended the public consultation hosted by the National Capital Commission and urged the NCC to protect farmland and increase public agricultural research when formulating their report on the best site for the new Civic...