National

2017

Mar 9, 2017
The National Farmers Union is launching an online and mail out survey to ask farmers how they are being treated when they deliver grain to an inland elevator.  “As a grassroots farm organization, the NFU is starting to hear repeated stories of grain farmers being dissatisfied with their...

2016

Jul 28, 2016
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Jun 27, 2016
PDF Version     June 28, 2016   Hon. Lawrence MacAulay Minister of Agriculture and AgriFood House of Commons Ottawa, ON   S1A 0A6   Email: lawrence.macaulay@parl.gc.ca   Dear Minister MacAulay:   As you prepare for the annual conference of Federal, Provincial...
Jun 22, 2016
PDF Version   June 23, 2016 Canada Post Review CP 2200 Matane, QC, G4W 0K8        Email: TPSGC.ExamendeSPC-CPCReview.PWGSC@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca                         Dear Task...

2014

Dec 19, 2014
(December 19, 2014) - The federal government has issued a call for proposals to transfer and possibly sell off Agriculture Canada cereal crop research and plant breeding germplasm related to the devastating plant disease fusarium.   "The National Farmers Union is deeply distressed by the...
Dec 19, 2014
A Report on the December 18 Agricultural Stakeholder Meeting by Ann Slater, National Farmers Union Vice President (Policy)   On December 18, 2014 the National Farmers Union sent two representatives to the Agricultural Stakeholder Engagement meeting on the Ontario government's Pollinator...
Oct 8, 2014
Canada–European Union Summit in Ottawa Over a Hundred Organizations on Both Sides of the Atlantic Strongly Oppose an Agreement that will Enrich Multinational Corporations at the Expense of Citizens’ Rights September 25, 2014   The Canada–European Union Summit, which...
Oct 8, 2014
Canada–European Union Summit in Ottawa Over a Hundred Organizations on Both Sides of the Atlantic Strongly Oppose an Agreement that will Enrich Multinational Corporations at the Expense of Citizens’ Rights September 25, 2014   The Canada–European Union Summit, which...
Oct 8, 2014
Canada–European Union Summit in Ottawa Over a Hundred Organizations on Both Sides of the Atlantic Strongly Oppose an Agreement that will Enrich Multinational Corporations at the Expense of Citizens’ Rights September 25, 2014   The Canada–European Union Summit, which...
Oct 2, 2014
October 2014: We are often told that we need genetically modified (GM) crops to feed a growing population and reduce hunger around the world. Although compelling, this claim is false, and ignores the many negative impacts of the technology. CBAN's report examines experiences with GM crops...

2013

Sep 23, 2013
(Saskatoon, Sept. 23, 2013)-- The federal government plans to privatize Seed Field Crop Inspection in 2014, ending an 85-year history of government inspection in Canada. The 2012 federal budget directed the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to privatize seed field crop inspection services...
Sep 20, 2013
Analysis of “Alternative Service Delivery for Seed Crop Inspection” - Published September, 2013 Read full brief (PDF) The Canadian food and agriculture system begins with seed. Quality seed, free of disease, off-types and noxious weed seeds, with good germination and reliable...
Sep 12, 2013
(September 12, 2013, St. Marys, ON).  After nearly a year of deliberation and controversy, the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA), a lobby group representing large seed companies such as Monsanto, Bayer, Dupont Pioneer and Forage Genetics International, finally announced its Coexistence...
Jun 24, 2013
(Jakarta, Indonesia): Farmers from Canada and European Union countries participated in the 6th International Conference of the Via Campesina (LVC) in Jakarta, Indonesia where they discussed the ongoing trade negotiations between their governments.   "Like us, European family farmers can...
May 30, 2013
May 30, 2013 (Saskatoon)–  Genetically engineered (GE) winter wheat was found in the USA this spring when an Oregon farmer noticed volunteer wheat that survived after he sprayed with glyphosate (Roundup) in preparation for spring seeding. Yesterday, the USDA confirmed that it is Monsanto...
Feb 28, 2013
(Saskatoon, SK)– CETA negotiations have ground to a standstill with Canada claiming that the stumbling block is the EU’s unwillingness to provide market access for our hormone-free beef and pork. NFU research shows this claim to be hollow. “Canada already has more access for both...
Feb 27, 2013
Last night, I nearly fell off my chair while reading this piece in the Guardian Weekly, “Canada’s spy chiefs target anti-frackers,” by Stephen Leahy, (Feb. 22nd, 2013). Apparently “monitoring of environmental activists in Canada by police and security agencies has become the...
Feb 27, 2013
According to media reports, the last stages of negotiating the Canada – European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) are stalled due to a few very difficult issues, with agriculture being one of the most important. Many business-oriented commentators are framing the matter...
Feb 25, 2013
(Saskatoon)– The National Farmers Union has studied GF2 and published a new brief, Growing Forward 2 – Accelerating Globalization, Stalling Food Sovereignty: Implications of the GF2 Strategic Initiatives Suite. “Our study shows that Growing Forward 2’s five-year “...
Feb 21, 2013
SASKATOON, SK:  The National Farmers Union (NFU) wishes to offer its condolences to the family of Eugene Whelan.  When he was Canada’s agriculture minister, Mr. Whelan was unmistakable in his bright green Stetson. “Just as you knew where he was, you always knew where he stood...