National

2012

Sep 18, 2012
(Saskatoon) - Friday’s announcement of the revised Growing Forward 2 Business Risk Management (BRM) programs, the cost-shared federal-provincial policy framework, has two significant changes: a loss level trigger for AgriStability that will make it difficult, if not impossible, for most farms...
Sep 12, 2012
The Convention Pamphlet for the 43rd Annual National Convention is now available. Download the PDF here.
Sep 7, 2012
Notes for Remarks to Carleton University – September 5, 2012 By Allan R. Gregg “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities” – Voltaire In his novel 1984, George Orwell paints a portrait of a nightmarish future where rights that we now take for...
Aug 21, 2012
(Saskatoon)– The National Farmers Union (NFU) calls on federal and provincial agriculture ministers to improve Business Risk Management (BRM) programs under Growing Forward 2 by ensuring needed money will be directed to family farms instead of being used to help the biggest corporate farms...
Aug 21, 2012
The following brief outlines the National Farmers Union analysis of the suite of Business Risk Management programs, also known as agriculture safety net programs, being negotiated under the Growing Forward 2 federal-provincial policy framework, and makes recommendations to make these programs work...
Jul 25, 2012
SASKATOON, SK—Today, Bill Gehl, Chair of the Canadian Wheat Board Alliance, and Terry Boehm, President of the National Farmers Union, are in Saskatoon to speak to the media about a year of infamy in Canadian agricultural policy and for Canadian democracy. “Since the Harper government...
Jul 11, 2012
by Randall Affleck, NFU Board Member I am proud of Canada’s national agriculture policy for dairy; supply management. Like many rural initiatives of the past, it has deep cooperative roots that have nurtured the development of a viable, modern dairy sector in every region of Canada. It...
May 17, 2012
The National Farmers Union (NFU) welcomes this opportunity to present its views on the proposed Comprehensive and High-Level Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Japan to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade. Family farmers are committed to a food system that provides...
May 11, 2012
Submission of the National Farmers Union of Canada to the Special Rapporteur On The Right To Food, Mr. Olivier De Schutter, Mission to Canada, May 2012 The NFU welcomes the opportunity to provide information to Mr. Olivier De Schutter, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, in support of his...
Apr 26, 2012
Federal Budget Stalls Economic Engine: cutting Co-operative Development Initiative and starving Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat will undermine rural economy, says NFU The National Farmers Union deplores the federal budget cuts that will end the Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI) and...
Apr 17, 2012
National Farmers Union Marks the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle, April 17, 2012 (Saskatoon) - The National Farmers Union, as a member of La Via Campesina, joins with our sister organizations around the world to mark April 17, the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle. The...
Apr 13, 2012
Union Farmer Quarterly: Spring 2012 Union Farmer Quarterly: Spring 2012 Presidential and Regional Reports CETA getting tougher on Citizens with each SECRET Draft Interest in local food leads to new on-farm dairies Safe Food – from the viewpoint of farmers United Nations Annual Session in...
Apr 2, 2012
Union Farmer Monthly - April 2012. NFU Farmers tell Australia about Canada’s resistance to GE Wheat UPOV ’91 Plant Breeders Rights regime building blocks are being moved into position Class Action Lawsuit: Fundamental Charter Freedoms versus the “Marketing Freedom Act”...
Mar 22, 2012
The National Farmers Union (NFU) welcomes the opportunity to respond to proposed changes to the Canada Grain Act that would affect the Canadian Grain Commission and ultimately grain producers. The NFU is Canada’s largest democratic national voluntary direct membership organization. It is...
Mar 22, 2012
The National Farmers Union (NFU) welcomes the opportunity to respond to proposed changes to the Canada Grain Act that would affect the Canadian Grain Commission and ultimately grain producers. The NFU is Canada’s largest democratic national voluntary direct membership organization. It is...
Mar 20, 2012 File(s) attached
(Saskatoon, SK) - “The sale of Viterra to Glencore International, and its plans to hive off parts of the company to Richardson International and Agrium Inc., tilts the economic playing field ever more in favour of global agribusiness corporations to the disadvantage of Canadian farmers,...
Feb 23, 2012
(Rimbey, Alberta, February 23, 2012)  “Many farmers in my area who either have direct experience with the destructive nature of hydro-fracking technology on their water wells, or who have neighbours who have been affected have come to me with their concerns” says Jan Slomp, Rimbey...
Jan 15, 2012
  Is Supply Management being groomed for sacrifice on the altar of trade? Grazing Days Farm: Local Grass-Fed Beef in Ottawa Our journey—food, health, culture and community

2011

Aug 9, 2011 File(s) attached
Download the Summer 2011 issue of Union Farmer Quarterly (9MB) Contents: Presidential and Regional Reports, Cathy Holtslander joins NFU staff Growing Food Sovereignty in British Columbia Energy Development versus Farmland Japan’s farmers contend with Triple Disaster Midterm Conference of La...
Jul 26, 2011 File(s) attached
Saskatoon, Sask. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) is expressing its extreme disappointment in the announcement made by the agriculture ministers of Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia last Friday, indicating that they supported the federal government’s intention to eliminate...