News

2013

May 3, 2013
The NFU welcomes the opportunity to comment on the amendments to the Canada Grain Act flowing from the elimination of inward inspection by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC), the end of mandatory weigh overs at primary and terminal elevators, and the end of Grain Appeals Tribunal as well as other...
May 3, 2013
The National Farmers Union (NFU) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the proposal by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to amend the Seeds Regulations.  Specifically, the CFIA seeks to allow variety registrants to cancel the registration of seed varieties on request, to move all...
May 1, 2013
Day of Action against GM Alfalfa a Huge Success NFU Submits Feedback on Fracking to Alberta Regulator CETA Tactics Phoney Baloney? Beef and Pork Access Issue Lacks Credibility Download PDF
Apr 25, 2013
Dear Premier Wynne, Re: Experimental Lakes Area The National Farmers Union would like to thank you and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger for your commitment to fund the Experimental Lakes Area for the coming year, thus ensuring that its irreplaceable work can continue. Your decision will be remembered...
Apr 18, 2013
April 18, 2013   Premier Alison Redford 307 Legislature Building 10800 - 97 Avenue Edmonton, AB  T5K 2B6   Dear Premier Redford:   We are very concerned about the Alberta government’s move to a single energy regulator and the appointment of the former founding President of...
Apr 17, 2013
Today, the NFU joins its sister organizations of La Via Campesina, the international movement of small farmers, to commemorate the 1996 massacre of 19 landless Brazilian farmers who were demanding access to land and justice. “We honor their sacrifice by relentlessly continuing our work to...
Apr 4, 2013
(Guelph, ON) The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) has written to the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario to ask the two organizations to join the April 9 Day of Action to stop the release of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa. In his letter...
Apr 2, 2013
The case for preventing the introduction of Roundup Ready Alfalfa. Report published by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN), April 2013. Executive Summary: Alfalfa is an important crop in diverse farming systems, and is widely grown in Canada. In fact, alfalfa is one of the largest...
Mar 18, 2013
(Rimby, AB) – “There are serious gaps in the regulation of fracking in every jurisdiction, and Alberta is no exception,” said Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union Region 7 (Alberta) Board Member. “That is why we have recommended that the Energy Resources Conservation Board...
Mar 18, 2013
The National Farmers Union has submitted feedback to the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) Consultation on its Proposed Regulatory Approach for Unconventional Oil and Gas Development. The use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the oil and gas industry already had a...
Mar 15, 2013
Message from the Editor   Presidential and Regional Reports   Around the World: News from the International Program Committee The Civil Society Mechanism, Rome Seeds: the Root of Power: LVC Biodiversity Commission Seeds Meeting in Paris, France, October 2012 LVC Meetings in Mexico...
Mar 14, 2013
The Price of Patented Seed — The Value of Farm-Saved Seed GF2 Strategic Initiatives Fund Accelerates Globalization and Stalls Food Sovereignty Are our pension funds retiring the family farm? Working Hard to Keep the PFRA Community Pastures Public Download PDF
Mar 14, 2013
Sackville, NB – Farmers and consumers in the Maritimes and across Canada are concerned about industry plans to prepare for the release of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa. A company called Forage Genetics International has applied Monsanto’s genetically modified Roundup Ready (...
Mar 7, 2013
by Susan MacVittie, published in the Watershed Sentinel, March/April 2013 In March 2011, ethnic Maya Q’eqchi communities of smallholder farmers in southern Guatemala were violently evicted by state security forces from land they had farmed for generations. About 3,200 people from 14...
Mar 7, 2013
Guelph, ON – John Sutherland of Erin, ON was elected president at the NFU-O Annual General Meeting on March 2 in Listowel. Sutherland has been President of Local 340 Waterloo, Wellington for the past three years. During that time, the local instituted three popular farming awards. For the...
Mar 6, 2013
From the book:   The NFU was formed in 1969 through a merger of the Saskatchewan Farmers Union, the Ontario Farmers Union, the Farmers Union of British Columbia, and the Farmers Union of Alberta. In addition to these provincial unions, farmers from the Maritime provinces—not organized...
Mar 6, 2013
Saskatchewan  women celebrate knowledge of and leadership in the food arena Saskatoon, SK – Saskatchewan women will join thousands of women around the world to celebrate International Women’s Day on and around March 8. One of the activities in Saskatchewan will be a series of...
Feb 28, 2013
(Saskatoon, SK)– CETA negotiations have ground to a standstill with Canada claiming that the stumbling block is the EU’s unwillingness to provide market access for our hormone-free beef and pork. NFU research shows this claim to be hollow. “Canada already has more access for both...
Feb 27, 2013
Last night, I nearly fell off my chair while reading this piece in the Guardian Weekly, “Canada’s spy chiefs target anti-frackers,” by Stephen Leahy, (Feb. 22nd, 2013). Apparently “monitoring of environmental activists in Canada by police and security agencies has become the...
Feb 27, 2013
According to media reports, the last stages of negotiating the Canada – European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) are stalled due to a few very difficult issues, with agriculture being one of the most important. Many business-oriented commentators are framing the matter...