Press releases

2014

Jul 4, 2014
July 3, 2014   Hon. Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health Health Canada Brooke Claxton Building, Tunney's Pasture Postal Location:  0906C Ottawa, ON  K1A 0K9   Dear Minister Ambrose:   On April 22, 2014, on behalf of farmers from across Canada the National Farmers Union (NFU...
Jul 3, 2014
(JULY 3, 2014, Deleau, MB)-  Intense, widespread flooding in eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba over the Canada Day weekend has caused unprecedented damage to farms, crops, farmland and rural infrastructure. The National Farmers Union (NFU) urges the federal and provincial governments...
Jun 19, 2014
June 19, 2014   David Marit, President Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) 200 - 2221 Cornwall Street Regina, SK   S4P 2L1                     ...
Jun 17, 2014
(JUNE 16, 2014 - Saskatoon) – Canada is currently trying to complete negotiations for the Canada – European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the federal government’s Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act is currently before Parliament. The National...
Jun 13, 2014
(June 13, 2014 - St. Marys, ON)- The National Farmers Union welcomes the release of Everybody Eats, the pan-Canadian food strategy launched by the New Democratic Party in early June. "We need a national discussion that brings together those who produce and process food and those who eat it to...
Jun 10, 2014
(June 10, 2014 - Saskatoon, SK) – Eaters (consumers) have the power to help farmers cover production costs and earn a decent income. Each person can “vote” with their food dollar by purchasing from local producers at farmers’ markets, through community-supported agriculture...
Jun 9, 2014
(June 9, 2014) - Regulations Amending the Seeds Regulations came into force Wednesday, June 4, following publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II. The new seed variety registration regulations eliminate the requirement for independent third-party testing for performance or agronomic quality of...
May 27, 2014
May 27, 2014 - Second reading of Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act, resumed yesterday in the House of Commons. “While Conservative MPs speaking in favour of the Bill claim it is about modernization and making the legislative environment more nimble, its effect is to empower corporations...
May 6, 2014
by Joan Brady I recently represented the National Farmers Union (NFU) at the North American Dialogue on the United Nation’s “2014 Year of Family Farming” hosted by L’Union des Producteurs Agricoles (UPA). Canadian and U.S. general farm organizations participated, but...
May 1, 2014
NFU calls on Senate Committee to recommend five-year moratorium on neonicotinoid seed treatments   (May 1, 2014, Ottawa) – Today the National Farmers Union (NFU) appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry to provide Senators with the organization’s...
Apr 30, 2014
NFU Asks Premier Clark to Reconsider Bill 24   (April 30, 2014, Victoria) Today the National Farmers Union (NFU) sent BC Premier Christy Clark a six-page letter detailing the organization’s concerns regarding Bill 24, the Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act. The Bill, currently...
Apr 28, 2014
April 24, 2014   Honourable Norm Letnick, Minister of Agriculture PO Box 9043, Stn Prov Govt Victoria, BC V8W 9E2                   (Email: AGR.Minister@gov.bc.ca)   Dear Minister Letnick,   Re...
Apr 24, 2014
The Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) embraces the mantra that “all growth is good.”  Their plan to change supply management for growth is a prescription for weakening, if not eliminating, the three pillars of supply management for dairy production in Canada – production...
Apr 24, 2014
April 22, 2014   Hon. Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health Health Canada Brooke Claxton Building, Tunney's Pasture Postal Location: 0906C Ottawa, ONK1A 0K9   Dear Minister Ambrose:   Re: Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments and the Health of Bees and Pollinators   The National Farmers...
Apr 17, 2014
(April 17, 2014) We stand with Canadian farmers in opposing measures that threaten farmers’ long-standing rights over seeds. Like family farmers around the world, Canadian farmers have a long tradition of selecting, saving and reusing their own seed as well as exchanging seeds with other...
Apr 17, 2014
La Via Campesina North America For immediate release April 9, 2014 - Family farmers Joan Brady (National Farmers Union of Canada), Ben Burkett (National Family Farm Coalition) and Maxime Laplante (Union paysanne) represented the voices of women, minority, and smaller scale farmers in the U.S. and...
Apr 9, 2014
   (April 9, 2014 - Victoria, BC) – Today the National Farmers Union Youth launched a video series that addresses major concerns with the proposed changes to Canada’s Plant Breeders’ Rights Act included in the omnibus agriculture bill, The Agricultural Growth Act (Bill C...
Apr 8, 2014
By Randall Affleck   The Agricultural Growth Act, Bill C-18, is currently before Parliament. It is an omnibus bill amending nine separate pieces of agricultural legislation. The changes vastly increase corporate control of seed and will result in higher seed costs for farmers in the future....
Apr 4, 2014
By Glenn Tait   The Cereal Research Centre (CRC) is being closed this month, marking the end of nearly a century of public plant breeding in Winnipeg. It is another sorry landmark on the Harper government’s systematic path of destruction through Canada’s public agriculture...
Mar 28, 2014
(March 28, 2014, North Bay, ON)- The National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased to learn that Forage Genetics International (FGI) has decided not to begin selling herbicide-tolerant genetically modified (GM) alfalfa this spring. The company’s decision to delay the introduction of GM alfalfa into...