Press releases

2014

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...
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...