News

2012

Dec 3, 2012
Download the PDF version of this submission.   National Farmers Union – Ontario 5420 Hwy 6 N., R.R. 5 Guelph, ON N1H 6J2 1-888-832-9638   office@nfuontario.ca   Darryl Lyons, Team Lead Provincial Policy Statement Review Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Provincial...
Nov 7, 2012
Union Farmer Newsletter - October 2012 Should Ecological Goods and Services be part of the Ontario Local Food Act? Frying our Bacon: Globalization, Competitiveness and Canadian Hog Policy
Oct 25, 2012
To the editor, On the morning of October 22, I woke up, made coffee turned on the TV to my favorite news channel. The first thing I saw was the story on the landfill at Brooks, Alberta and the truckloads of meat being dumped and buried there. My first reaction was shock as to what a million pounds...
Oct 24, 2012
(Kitchener) – Today farmers and consumers are protesting industry plans to prepare for the release of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa in Ontario. The protest, organized by the National Farmers Union (NFU) Grey Local 344 and NFU Region 3 (Ontario), is outside a Canadian Seed Trade...
Oct 23, 2012
(Saskatoon)  - “The Harper government is taking another dangerous step in its shift towards industry self-regulation by ending a number of important functions of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). Bill C-45 will eliminate mandatory inward inspection, end weigh-overs, and change the...
Oct 18, 2012
(Saskatoon)-JBS, the world’s largest meat packing corporation, is in line to take over the troubled XL Foods Lakeside beef processing plant. Owned in part by the Brazilian government (30%), JBS operates in the USA, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, China, Russia, Australia, Italy and Mexico. Also...
Oct 16, 2012
(Saskatoon, SK) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) affirms World Food Day (October 16) as an opportunity for Canadians, all of whom are eaters, to think and act differently about their food system and the farmers that provide that food.    Colleen Ross, 1st Vice President (Policy) for the...
Oct 11, 2012
(Saskatoon) - The National Farmers Union is reminding policy makers about its analysis of the beef sector, including 16 recommendations outlined in our 2008 report, The Farm Crisis and the Cattle Sector: Toward a New Analysis and New Solutions. Problems related to the beef sector that we identified...
Oct 10, 2012
By Neil Peacock The XL Foods recall has really got people talking about the food system all across Canada. Concern for the safety of our food unites us whether we are urban or rural, farmers or consumers, regardless of which part of the country we live in. Some people are saying we need  a...
Oct 4, 2012
October 1, 2012 Dear Sir/Madam: Further to letters written to you under dates July 16th, July 24th, August 1st and August 20th, the Renfrew County National Farmers Union Executive has instructed me to again update the above on the 2012 drought situation many farmers in Renfrew County continue to...
Oct 3, 2012
(Sexsmith, AB)- The National Farmers Union (NFU) asserts that federal agriculture and trade policy created the conditions that led to Canada’s largest recall of beef from stores, homes and restaurants all across Canada due to E.coli 0157 contamination which has now temporarily shut down the...
Oct 1, 2012
(Guelph, ON)- The National Farmers Union recently surveyed Ontario members to document the impact of this summer’s drought. Farmers in Bruce, Elgin, Grey, Huron, Lanark, Lennox and Addington, Ottawa, Oxford and Renfrew counties responded. Their crops and activities include beef, sheep, pork,...
Sep 28, 2012
Union Farmer Quarterly: Fall 2012 Presidential and Regional Reports Business Risk Management: Off-loading costs by downsizing programs? NFU National Convention 2012 — Democracy in Action Action against CETA in Ontario – NFU members making a difference Rio + 20: “The Future We...
Sep 24, 2012
National Farmers Union - Ontario In Union is Strength 5420 Hwy #6 North R.R. #5 Suite 229 Guelph, Ontario N1H 6J2         September 24, 2012   re.AgriRecovery Assessment for Drought in Ontario   The NFU – Ontario sent a survey to members and received responses...
Sep 20, 2012
(Sackville, NB)- Over the past year the National Farmers Union in New Brunswick (NFU in NB) has been involved in an industry/government working group established to make changes to the provincial Farm Registry and the Fuel Tax Exemption Program. “It has been a collaborative process,”...
Sep 19, 2012
Beachburg, ON – Dave Mackay, President of the Renfrew County National Farmers Union reports that it was recommended the agricultural community participate in the present discussions leading to revisions to the Renfrew County Official Plan.  The proper designation of agriculture lands...
Sep 18, 2012
(Saskatoon) - Friday’s announcement of the revised Growing Forward 2 Business Risk Management (BRM) programs, the cost-shared federal-provincial policy framework, has two significant changes: a loss level trigger for AgriStability that will make it difficult, if not impossible, for most farms...
Sep 12, 2012
The Convention Pamphlet for the 43rd Annual National Convention is now available. Download the PDF here.
Sep 10, 2012
The Growing Forward 2 Agricultural Program is about change.  Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz met with representatives from the agriculture industry recently in Fredericton to discuss the Growing Forward 2 Program to be implemented April 2013.  National Farmers Union in New...
Sep 7, 2012
Notes for Remarks to Carleton University – September 5, 2012 By Allan R. Gregg “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities” – Voltaire In his novel 1984, George Orwell paints a portrait of a nightmarish future where rights that we now take for...