News

2014

Jan 20, 2014
(January 20, 2014- Saskatoon, SK):  Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act favours further consolidation of the seed industry into a few corporate hands, which will end up costing farmers more for seeds of all types. “The government is selling the ag omnibus legislation as ‘the...
Jan 20, 2014
by Jan Slomp On December 9th 2013, Omnibus Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act went to Parliament for first reading. Passing Bill C-18 would make Canada compliant with UPOV ‘91, a much more restrictive form of Plant Breeders’ Rights than we currently have. The second part of the Act...
Jan 16, 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...

2013

Dec 17, 2013
(December 17, 2013, Saskatoon, SK) —The National Farmers Union (NFU) congratulates the new members of the Boards of Directors for the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission and the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission. The election for each Commission, conducted by secret mail-in...
Dec 17, 2013
(December 17, 2013, St. Marys, ON) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling for aprecautionary five-year moratorium on the use of the neonicotinoid seed treatments for field crops and for independent research to be done. Such a moratorium would provide time to study the impacts of...
Dec 12, 2013
Behind the noise of the Rob Ford and Senate scandal cover ups, the Canadian government is angling to legislate the removal of a right of farmers that should be non-negotiable. Ottawa is moving quickly to implement the UPOV ’91 plant breeders' rights convention with First Reading in...
Dec 10, 2013
(December 10, 2013 - Saskatoon, SK) – Agriculture Minister Ritz is moving with undue haste with yesterday’s announcement of the Agricultural Growth Act (AGA) which received First Reading in Parliament today. The government is calling the AGA an omnibus bill for agriculture because it...
Dec 10, 2013
The National Farmers Union has submitted the following comments to Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) consultation on Action to Protect Bees from Exposure to Neonicotinoid Pesticides.    PDF Version of NFU's submission   December 10, 2013  ...
Dec 10, 2013
The National Farmers Union submitted the following comments on the CFIA’s on-line survey regarding its discussion paper Crop Variety Registration in Canada: Issues and Options.  PDF version of the NFU’s submission National Farmers Union comments on the Canadian Food Inspection...
Dec 4, 2013
Jan Slomp Elected By Acclamation At 44th Annual NFU National Convention (Dec. 1, 2013, Ottawa, ON) - Jan Slomp of Rimby, Alberta was elected President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) by acclamation, at its 44th annual National Convention held in Ottawa, November 24 to 30, 2013. Ann Slater of St...
Nov 20, 2013
(Nov. 20, 2013 - Leamington, ON) – The closure of the Heinz ketchup plant announced last week is the latest of several Canadian food processing plants bought and then closed by investors that move production to other countries in pursuit of higher profits. The trend bodes ill for Canadians...
Nov 19, 2013
(le français suit) The National Farmers Union (NFU) in NB believes that a recently announced land swap on the Acadian Peninsula is a bad idea. On October 31 the province announced it would grant 15,712 acres to Oxford Frozen Foods, a multinational company with head offices in Oxford, NS, for future...
Nov 15, 2013
(Nov. 15, 2013 - Saskatoon, SK) - Gerry Ritz announced at this week’s semi-annual meeting of the Canadian Seed Trade Association that he intends to bring UPOV ’91 into force by August 1, 2014. Members of the CSTA include seed giants Dow Agro Sciences, BASF, Bayer, Monsanto, Syngenta, Du...
Nov 10, 2013
December 2012 The National Farmers Union (NFU) is a direct-membership, non-partisan national farm organization. Founded in 1969, and with roots going back more than a century, the NFU represents thousands of farm families from coast to coast. Through its grassroots democratic process, the NFU works...
Nov 6, 2013
(Nov. 6, 2013, Saskatoon) –   The National Farmers Union (NFU) is recommending against new regulations that would replace the current bond security system that protects farmers in the event of non-payment by licensed grain companies. There are numerous implications to the proposed...
Nov 1, 2013
0n November 1, 2013 the NFU has submitted comments on the proposed Amendments to the Canada Grain Regulations Canada which was posted for public comment in the Canada Gazette, Part Ⅰ Vol. 147, No. 40 — October 5, 2013. Our submission states: The National Farmers Union (NFU) welcomes the...
Oct 30, 2013
(Oct 28, 2013 - Westmeath, ON) Tony Straathof, President of the Renfrew County/Ontario National Farmers Union advises Renfrew County farmers, businesses and consumers should critically assess the implications of the Trade Agreement with Europe which was recently signed in principal by Prime...
Oct 28, 2013
(Oct. 28, 2013 - Deleau, MB) – The National Farmers Union Region 5 (Manitoba) has recommended to the Manitoba Minister of Agriculture and Rural Initiatives that the existing Commission Model for the Proposed Wheat and Barley Checkoff dollars (as outlined on page 25 of the October 17 Manitoba...
Oct 28, 2013
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Oct 25, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013 (7 to 8:30 pm) OUR Communities. OUR country. OUR world. OUR economy.* A public event featuring Jim Stanford, PhD, economist with the Unifor. How can people effectively navigate this increasingly globalized and fragmented world, where corporate power trumps that of...