News

2013

Feb 25, 2013
(Saskatoon)– The National Farmers Union has studied GF2 and published a new brief, Growing Forward 2 – Accelerating Globalization, Stalling Food Sovereignty: Implications of the GF2 Strategic Initiatives Suite. “Our study shows that Growing Forward 2’s five-year “...
Feb 21, 2013
SASKATOON, SK:  The National Farmers Union (NFU) wishes to offer its condolences to the family of Eugene Whelan.  When he was Canada’s agriculture minister, Mr. Whelan was unmistakable in his bright green Stetson. “Just as you knew where he was, you always knew where he stood...
Feb 20, 2013
For those of us who care deeply about locally based food systems and who recognize the role food can play in strengthening our communities, ecosystems and economies, it can be tempting to jump at each and every opportunity to get a piece of our vision mentioned in larger discussions about food and...
Feb 13, 2013
(Saskatoon) - The National Farmers Union is among the labour, environmental, Indigenous, women’s, academic, health sector and fair trade organizations representing over 65 million people from both sides of the Atlantic that have signed a joint statement demanding that Canada and the EU stop...
Feb 12, 2013
In recent years, pension funds have started buying up farmland around the world, seeing it as a safe, long-term investment. Farmland investment companies like AgCapita, Assiniboia Capital, Bonnefield Financial and Prairie Merchants are sowing the seeds of speculation across the prairies....
Feb 11, 2013
Guelph, ON:  The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) sent a letter last week to Premier Kathleen Wynne welcoming her to the position of Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. In particular, the letter highlighted Premier Wynne's promise to re-introduce an improved...
Feb 5, 2013
(Guelph)-  “Memories of the hot dry summer of 2012 may be dim now, as Ontarians cope with this week’s cold and snow, but the effects of the drought are still making life difficult for livestock farmers,” said Ken Mills, Middlesex County farmer and NFU-Ontario Youth Advisor....
Jan 31, 2013
Dear Minister McMeekin: The National Farmers Union-Ontario (NFU-O) is a direct-membership, non-partisan national farm organization which represents over two thousand farmers in Ontario. The NFU-O works toward the development of economic and social policies that will maintain family farms as the...
Jan 25, 2013
Saskatoon, SK:  “What an image of a long-legged woman straddling a fence has to do with selling grain is beyond me,” says Joan Brady, NFU Women’s President. “The ad is offensive, and likely to cause farmers to market their grain elsewhere.” Brady is referring to...
Jan 18, 2013
The NFU is extremely disappointed with the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada not to hear the appeal as to whether the government had acted improperly by abolishing the CWB single desk without holding a farmer plebiscite. Terry Boehm, president of the National Farmers Union said “Before...
Jan 15, 2013
Saskatoon: “The NFU is proud to declare its solidarity with Idle No More, which is bringing people together from across Canada to stop the Harper government from riding roughshod over our collective rights,” says Glenn Tait, NFU National Board member.  “We want a better...
Jan 9, 2013
NFU National Office 2717 Wentz Avenue Saskatoon, SK  S7K 4B6 Tel:         (306) 652-9465 Fax:        (306) 664-6226 E-mail:  nfu@nfu.ca             ...
Jan 3, 2013
Farmers are greeted with two more negative occurrences in an already fragmented and increasingly hostile grain handling and rail system. “The Canadian Grain Commission has closed its Winnipeg Service Centre, no doubt because of the elimination of federal funding for the CGC,” stated Ed...
Jan 2, 2013 File(s) attached
Presidents' Reports National Farmers Foundation Report to Donors The Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing Transportation Level of Service Legislation More Government Hype than Farmer Help Convention Highlights 2012: Supply Management: Unscrambling the Eggs UPOV '91 ... Again -...
Jan 2, 2013
Cargill’s announcement of an expansion of railcar spots in Kindersley, SK is being characterized as an investment for farmers. “In reality, it is an investment by farmers,” says Terry Boehm, President of the National Farmers Union. “Farmers pay for these expansions through...

2012

Dec 11, 2012
Saskatoon, SK—“Today’s announcement of impending legislation to mandate service agreements between railways and shippers indicates that the federal government finally recognizes the need for regulation of the rail sector,” says Terry Boehm, National Farmers Union President...
Dec 7, 2012
Guelph, ON — On Wednesday, December 5, the NFU-O received a fourth interim order requesting several hundreds of pages of documentation on its activities over the past three years. The Tribunal has alleged that the NFU-O does not represent farmers in Ontario, which has infuriated the Ontario...
Dec 6, 2012
by Ann Slater The Highland Companies' withdrawal of its application to develop a quarry in Melanchton Township presents some interesting food for thought, or maybe that should be gravel for thought.  The most recent deadline to submit comments on the draft Provincial Policy Statement (PPS...
Dec 5, 2012
Boehm Re-elected By Acclamation At 43rd Annual NFU National Convention Saskatoon, Sask. - Terry Boehm of Allan, Saskatchewan was re-elected President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) by acclamation, at its 43rd annual National Convention held in Saskatoon, November 24 to 26, 2012. Colleen Ross...
Dec 3, 2012
(Rogersville, N.B.)- Jean-Eudes Chiasson, President of the National Farmers Union in New Brunswick, has said he is very pleased with the provincial government’s commitment to the value-added food sector and the promotion of local community food products, as stated in the throne speech read on...