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2014

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...
May 6, 2014
by Joan Brady I recently represented the National Farmers Union (NFU) at the North American Dialogue on the United Nation’s “2014 Year of Family Farming” hosted by L’Union des Producteurs Agricoles (UPA). Canadian and U.S. general farm organizations participated, but...
May 1, 2014
NFU calls on Senate Committee to recommend five-year moratorium on neonicotinoid seed treatments   (May 1, 2014, Ottawa) – Today the National Farmers Union (NFU) appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry to provide Senators with the organization’s...
May 1, 2014
Download PDF Version       National Farmers Union Submission to Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry on  The Importance of Bees and Bee Health May 1, 2014 The National Farmers Union (NFU) is a non-partisan, nation-wide democratic organization made up of...
Apr 30, 2014
Download PDF version   April 30, 2014 Hon. Christy Clark, Premier PO Box 9041 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, BC    V8W 9E1   (Email: premier@gov.bc.ca)   Dear Premier Clark:   Re: BILL 24, the AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION AMENDMENT ACT, 2014   The National Farmers...
Apr 30, 2014
NFU Asks Premier Clark to Reconsider Bill 24   (April 30, 2014, Victoria) Today the National Farmers Union (NFU) sent BC Premier Christy Clark a six-page letter detailing the organization’s concerns regarding Bill 24, the Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act. The Bill, currently...
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...