Press releases

2014

Mar 20, 2014
(March 20, 2014, St. Marys, ON) - The recently released Ontario Bee Health Working Group Report is another case of "corporate profits trumping ecological needs," according to National Farmers Union (NFU) Vice President of Policy and Ontario farmer, Ann Slater.   "Given the...
Mar 17, 2014
(March 17, 2014, DENFIELD) – The NFU-O decries the proposed closing of Kemptville Campus by the University of Guelph. The college has provided generations of eastern Ontario residents with a solid education in agriculture. Without Kemptville College it will be much more difficult for many...
Mar 14, 2014
 (March 14, 2014 - Gananoque, ON) – When the National Energy Board approved Enbridge’s Line 9 project, which will reverse the flow and increase the pressure in the pipeline, it set conditions that protect the company’s financial interests while off-loading risks and costs...
Mar 10, 2014
(March 10, 2014 - Saskatoon, SK) – Although grain movement has been down since the beginning of November, 2013, Minister Ritz and Minister Raitt announced that railways would be required to double the grain volumes currently being shipped just as those companies were ready to gear up anyway...
Mar 6, 2014
Karen Eatwell of Denfield, ON was elected NFU-O President at the Annual General Meeting on March 1 in Peterborough. Other newly elected Council members include Joe Dama of Leamington, Tony Straathof of Westmeath, Bernard Foley of Williamsburg, Emery Huszka of Florence. Katie Ward of Woodlawn will...
Mar 6, 2014
National Farmers Union in New Brunswick Union nationale des fermiers au Nouveau-Brunswick   Media advisory (le français suit)   The National Farmers Union in New Brunswick is holding its annual general meeting on Sunday, March 16 from 10:30am to 5pm at Gagetown Fruit Farm in Gagetown, NB...
Feb 28, 2014
(Saskatoon, February 28, 2014)- The Conservative talking points on the “farmers’ privilege” provisions under Bill C-18, theAgricultural Growth Act omnibus bill, claim the law would “enshrine” the privilege to save seed for replanting. However, National Farmers Union...
Feb 27, 2014
by Jan Slomp Believe it or not, there is a relationship between the backlog in prairie grain and the “Fair Elections Act.” Here’s how. As prairie farmers wait anxiously for the backlog in grain transportation to be resolved and for prices that at least cover cost of production,...
Feb 5, 2014
(February 5, 2014, Saskatoon) -Farmers should not expect prices to go up, or more grain to be moved, anytime soon, as Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is only calling for more numbers, reports and discussions among railways, elevator companies and grain companies while farmers’ costs mount and...
Jan 28, 2014
Governments and farm organizations tell us over and over again that decisions made on our farms and by government regulatory agencies must be 'science-based'. Entwined with this adherence to 'science-based' decision making is a demand that we accept that science is absolute and...
Jan 22, 2014
Download PDF Version The National Farmers Union calls for a new Seed Act for Farmers in which Canada recognizes the inherent rights of farmers  — derived from thousands of years of custom and tradition—to save, reuse, select, exchange, and sell seeds. Current and proposed...
Jan 20, 2014
(January 20, 2014- Saskatoon, SK):  Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act favours further consolidation of the seed industry into a few corporate hands, which will end up costing farmers more for seeds of all types. “The government is selling the ag omnibus legislation as ‘the...
Jan 20, 2014
by Jan Slomp On December 9th 2013, Omnibus Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act went to Parliament for first reading. Passing Bill C-18 would make Canada compliant with UPOV ‘91, a much more restrictive form of Plant Breeders’ Rights than we currently have. The second part of the Act...

2013

Dec 17, 2013
(December 17, 2013, Saskatoon, SK) —The National Farmers Union (NFU) congratulates the new members of the Boards of Directors for the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission and the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission. The election for each Commission, conducted by secret mail-in...
Dec 17, 2013
(December 17, 2013, St. Marys, ON) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling for aprecautionary five-year moratorium on the use of the neonicotinoid seed treatments for field crops and for independent research to be done. Such a moratorium would provide time to study the impacts of...
Dec 12, 2013
Behind the noise of the Rob Ford and Senate scandal cover ups, the Canadian government is angling to legislate the removal of a right of farmers that should be non-negotiable. Ottawa is moving quickly to implement the UPOV ’91 plant breeders' rights convention with First Reading in...
Dec 10, 2013
(December 10, 2013 - Saskatoon, SK) – Agriculture Minister Ritz is moving with undue haste with yesterday’s announcement of the Agricultural Growth Act (AGA) which received First Reading in Parliament today. The government is calling the AGA an omnibus bill for agriculture because it...
Dec 4, 2013
Jan Slomp Elected By Acclamation At 44th Annual NFU National Convention (Dec. 1, 2013, Ottawa, ON) - Jan Slomp of Rimby, Alberta was elected President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) by acclamation, at its 44th annual National Convention held in Ottawa, November 24 to 30, 2013. Ann Slater of St...
Nov 20, 2013
(Nov. 20, 2013 - Leamington, ON) – The closure of the Heinz ketchup plant announced last week is the latest of several Canadian food processing plants bought and then closed by investors that move production to other countries in pursuit of higher profits. The trend bodes ill for Canadians...
Nov 19, 2013
(le français suit) The National Farmers Union (NFU) in NB believes that a recently announced land swap on the Acadian Peninsula is a bad idea. On October 31 the province announced it would grant 15,712 acres to Oxford Frozen Foods, a multinational company with head offices in Oxford, NS, for future...