Press releases

2014

Nov 26, 2014
NOVEMBER 26, 2014, Saskatoon, SK - The National Farmers Union welcomes the Ontario government's announcement earlier this week that it is going to take concrete actions to protect pollinators, including limiting the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments in corn and soybeans.   After...
Nov 25, 2014
(November 25, 2014 - Saskatoon, SK) – The National Farmers Union (NFU) is sounding the alarm with the passing of Bill C-18, the Agriculture Growth Act omnibus bill yesterday in the House of Commons. “Farmers must now contend with UPOV ’91. UPOV ’91 is one of the most farmer-...
Nov 20, 2014
(November 20, 2014 ) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) says that the investment protections and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism in the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will impede the implementation of agricultural policy that is in the public interest...
Oct 30, 2014
National Farmers Union in New Brunswick /  Union nationale des fermiers au Nouveau-Brunswick   Public Service Announcement (le français suit)   For immediate release October 30, 2014   Two NFU Board members recognized for leadership   The National Farmers Union in New...
Oct 23, 2014
(October 23, 2014, Saskatoon) – The privatization of the physical assets of the CWB is fraught with problems, according to an analysis from the National Farmers Union (NFU). Secrecy surrounds the impending deal: the FNA, which is seeking investors, agreed to non-disclosure terms; Agriculture...
Oct 16, 2014
(October 16, 2014, Dashwood, ON):  On World Food Day – October 16, the National Farmers Union is reflecting on hunger and the critical need to eradicate it. Farmers understand the relationship between food and hunger uniquely and very well as the primary producers of food products. What...
Oct 10, 2014
(DENFIELD, ON, October 10, 2014   ) – The NFU-O is delighted that the Annual Report released this week from Gord Miller the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario has a focus on the agricultural sector. “The report highlights key issues that the NFU-O has been working to...
Oct 9, 2014
(Ottawa, Oct. 9, 2014)- The National Farmers Union and the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network welcome a request from the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), Gord Miller, for action over pending release of genetically engineered (GE, also called genetically modified or GM) alfalfa....
Oct 8, 2014
  (Saskatoon, October 8, 2014) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) will present at House of Commons Agriculture Committee hearings on Bill C-18, the Agriculture Growth Act on Thursday, October 9 at 11 am Eastern Time. The NFU’s careful analysis of the Bill concludes it would increase...
Sep 26, 2014
(Saskatoon, September 26, 2014) -Today the federal government is celebrating theCanada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in spite of massive opposition from citizens, including farmers, on both sides of the Atlantic. The text of the deal has finally been released, exposing its...
Aug 18, 2014
(August 18, 2014 - Saskatoon) -The National Farmers Union (NFU) supports the decision by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) to abandon pursuit of an insurance-based system for producer payment protection and to continue using the long-standing bond-based system. The proposed shift to an insurance...
Aug 8, 2014
On August 7 the NFU sent the following message to the Canadian negotiators who are in Rome to negotiate the UN Committee for World Food Security's Principles for Responsible Investment Agriculture and Food Systems .   Dear Canadian Negotiators   RE: Negotiation of the First Draft...
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...