National

2013

Feb 20, 2013
For those of us who care deeply about locally based food systems and who recognize the role food can play in strengthening our communities, ecosystems and economies, it can be tempting to jump at each and every opportunity to get a piece of our vision mentioned in larger discussions about food and...
Feb 13, 2013
(Saskatoon) - The National Farmers Union is among the labour, environmental, Indigenous, women’s, academic, health sector and fair trade organizations representing over 65 million people from both sides of the Atlantic that have signed a joint statement demanding that Canada and the EU stop...
Feb 12, 2013
In recent years, pension funds have started buying up farmland around the world, seeing it as a safe, long-term investment. Farmland investment companies like AgCapita, Assiniboia Capital, Bonnefield Financial and Prairie Merchants are sowing the seeds of speculation across the prairies....
Jan 25, 2013
Saskatoon, SK:  “What an image of a long-legged woman straddling a fence has to do with selling grain is beyond me,” says Joan Brady, NFU Women’s President. “The ad is offensive, and likely to cause farmers to market their grain elsewhere.” Brady is referring to...
Jan 18, 2013
The NFU is extremely disappointed with the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada not to hear the appeal as to whether the government had acted improperly by abolishing the CWB single desk without holding a farmer plebiscite. Terry Boehm, president of the National Farmers Union said “Before...
Jan 15, 2013
Saskatoon: “The NFU is proud to declare its solidarity with Idle No More, which is bringing people together from across Canada to stop the Harper government from riding roughshod over our collective rights,” says Glenn Tait, NFU National Board member.  “We want a better...
Jan 3, 2013
Farmers are greeted with two more negative occurrences in an already fragmented and increasingly hostile grain handling and rail system. “The Canadian Grain Commission has closed its Winnipeg Service Centre, no doubt because of the elimination of federal funding for the CGC,” stated Ed...
Jan 2, 2013 File(s) attached
Presidents' Reports National Farmers Foundation Report to Donors The Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing Transportation Level of Service Legislation More Government Hype than Farmer Help Convention Highlights 2012: Supply Management: Unscrambling the Eggs UPOV '91 ... Again -...
Jan 2, 2013
Cargill’s announcement of an expansion of railcar spots in Kindersley, SK is being characterized as an investment for farmers. “In reality, it is an investment by farmers,” says Terry Boehm, President of the National Farmers Union. “Farmers pay for these expansions through...

2012

Dec 11, 2012
Saskatoon, SK—“Today’s announcement of impending legislation to mandate service agreements between railways and shippers indicates that the federal government finally recognizes the need for regulation of the rail sector,” says Terry Boehm, National Farmers Union President...
Dec 5, 2012
Boehm Re-elected By Acclamation At 43rd Annual NFU National Convention Saskatoon, Sask. - Terry Boehm of Allan, Saskatchewan was re-elected President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) by acclamation, at its 43rd annual National Convention held in Saskatoon, November 24 to 26, 2012. Colleen Ross...
Nov 7, 2012
Union Farmer Newsletter - October 2012 Should Ecological Goods and Services be part of the Ontario Local Food Act? Frying our Bacon: Globalization, Competitiveness and Canadian Hog Policy
Oct 25, 2012
To the editor, On the morning of October 22, I woke up, made coffee turned on the TV to my favorite news channel. The first thing I saw was the story on the landfill at Brooks, Alberta and the truckloads of meat being dumped and buried there. My first reaction was shock as to what a million pounds...
Oct 23, 2012
(Saskatoon)  - “The Harper government is taking another dangerous step in its shift towards industry self-regulation by ending a number of important functions of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). Bill C-45 will eliminate mandatory inward inspection, end weigh-overs, and change the...
Oct 18, 2012
(Saskatoon)-JBS, the world’s largest meat packing corporation, is in line to take over the troubled XL Foods Lakeside beef processing plant. Owned in part by the Brazilian government (30%), JBS operates in the USA, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, China, Russia, Australia, Italy and Mexico. Also...
Oct 16, 2012
(Saskatoon, SK) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) affirms World Food Day (October 16) as an opportunity for Canadians, all of whom are eaters, to think and act differently about their food system and the farmers that provide that food.    Colleen Ross, 1st Vice President (Policy) for the...
Oct 11, 2012
(Saskatoon) - The National Farmers Union is reminding policy makers about its analysis of the beef sector, including 16 recommendations outlined in our 2008 report, The Farm Crisis and the Cattle Sector: Toward a New Analysis and New Solutions. Problems related to the beef sector that we identified...
Oct 10, 2012
By Neil Peacock The XL Foods recall has really got people talking about the food system all across Canada. Concern for the safety of our food unites us whether we are urban or rural, farmers or consumers, regardless of which part of the country we live in. Some people are saying we need  a...
Oct 3, 2012
(Sexsmith, AB)- The National Farmers Union (NFU) asserts that federal agriculture and trade policy created the conditions that led to Canada’s largest recall of beef from stores, homes and restaurants all across Canada due to E.coli 0157 contamination which has now temporarily shut down the...
Sep 28, 2012
Union Farmer Quarterly: Fall 2012 Presidential and Regional Reports Business Risk Management: Off-loading costs by downsizing programs? NFU National Convention 2012 — Democracy in Action Action against CETA in Ontario – NFU members making a difference Rio + 20: “The Future We...