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2014

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,...
Feb 13, 2014
A National Farmers Union webinar, offered in collaboration with Food Secure Canada to learn about the new omnibus bill, Bill C-18, the Agriculture Growth Act, and the National Farmers Union's proposals for a Farmers Seed Act was held onThursday, February 13th. The National Farmers Union (NFU)...
Feb 5, 2014
(February 5, 2014, Saskatoon) -Farmers should not expect prices to go up, or more grain to be moved, anytime soon, as Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is only calling for more numbers, reports and discussions among railways, elevator companies and grain companies while farmers’ costs mount and...
Feb 4, 2014
(February 4, 2014, Victoria, BC)—The National Farmers Union (NFU) calls on the BC government to maintain the independent, quasi-judicial mandate of the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) as administrator of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) so that scarce farmland will continue to be...
Jan 28, 2014
Governments and farm organizations tell us over and over again that decisions made on our farms and by government regulatory agencies must be 'science-based'. Entwined with this adherence to 'science-based' decision making is a demand that we accept that science is absolute and...
Jan 27, 2014
CORRECTIONS to Resolutions "Variety Registration for Roundup Ready Alfalfa" THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NFU contact CFIA and the federal Minister of Agriculture to ask them to cancel registration and halt any further registration of all genetically modified alfalfa...
Jan 22, 2014
Download PDF Version The National Farmers Union calls for a new Seed Act for Farmers in which Canada recognizes the inherent rights of farmers  — derived from thousands of years of custom and tradition—to save, reuse, select, exchange, and sell seeds. Current and proposed...
Jan 20, 2014
Bill C-18, the “Agricultural Growth Act” omnibus bill, amending several federal agricultural laws, was introduced in Parliament on December 9, 2013. If passed, it will give multi-national agri-business much more money, power and control while increasing farmers’ costs and reducing...