News

2014

Apr 28, 2014
April 24, 2014   Honourable Norm Letnick, Minister of Agriculture PO Box 9043, Stn Prov Govt Victoria, BC V8W 9E2                   (Email: AGR.Minister@gov.bc.ca)   Dear Minister Letnick,   Re...
Apr 24, 2014
The Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) embraces the mantra that “all growth is good.”  Their plan to change supply management for growth is a prescription for weakening, if not eliminating, the three pillars of supply management for dairy production in Canada – production...
Apr 24, 2014
April 22, 2014   Hon. Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health Health Canada Brooke Claxton Building, Tunney's Pasture Postal Location: 0906C Ottawa, ONK1A 0K9   Dear Minister Ambrose:   Re: Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments and the Health of Bees and Pollinators   The National Farmers...
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 24, 2014
Download the PDF version Contents: Message from the Editor Message from the President: Our Role in Rebuilding a Broken Democracy Message from the Women's President: NFU – Long-time Champion of Sustainability Message from the NFU Youth Regional Reports Feeding our Struggles: Stories and...
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 17, 2014
Download PDF version The National Farmers Union District 1, Region 1 Submission concerning The Threat of Lifting the Moratorium on Permits for High Capacity Wells Presented to the Standing Committee on Agriculture, Environment, Energy and Forestry of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island...
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 7, 2014
Download the PDF version This is a special edition of the Union Farmer Newsletter – a printed toolkit to support our campaign: A Seed Act for Farmers, Not Corporations – Stop Bill C-18 Contents: Bill C-18, The Agriculture Growth Act - Growth for who? - Op Ed by Jan Slomp Organize a...
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,...