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2012

Aug 21, 2012
(Saskatoon)– The National Farmers Union (NFU) calls on federal and provincial agriculture ministers to improve Business Risk Management (BRM) programs under Growing Forward 2 by ensuring needed money will be directed to family farms instead of being used to help the biggest corporate farms...
Aug 21, 2012
The following brief outlines the National Farmers Union analysis of the suite of Business Risk Management programs, also known as agriculture safety net programs, being negotiated under the Growing Forward 2 federal-provincial policy framework, and makes recommendations to make these programs work...
Aug 16, 2012
Click here to see the NFU in New Brunswick's August E-Newsletter
Aug 15, 2012
Bouctouche, N.B.-The National Farmers Union spoke out clearly at the NFU Region 1 Convention on August 7 against the closure of the Hervé J. Michaud Experimental Farm in Bouctouche.  Members attending from the three Maritime Provinces were unanimous in passing a resolution to maintain the...
Aug 10, 2012
Bouctouche, N.B. Farmers from the three Maritime provinces gathered at the Duneview Inn/L’Auberge Vue de la Dune in Bouctouche, NB, on Tuesday, August 7, for the National Farmers Union (NFU) Region 1 Convention.  This year’s theme was “Diversifying the Farm: Value-adding in...
Aug 3, 2012
August 3, 2012 Dear Minister Ritz and Minister McMeekin: The National Farmers Union – Ontario would like to acknowledge and thank you for your efforts in beginning to assess the impact of the drought on farmers across Ontario and across commodities by opening an AgriRecovery file. As...
Jul 28, 2012
To supplement the comments made during the roundtable meeting on July 24, the National Farmers Union – Ontario is submitting written comments related to Business Risk Management under Growing Forward 2. Read the report.    
Jul 27, 2012
Ontario NFU Submission to OMAFRA on Proposed Local Food Act Members of the NFU have been at the forefront of the local food movement for several decades. With this strong grassroots involvement in the local food movement, the NFU is an outspoken leader in advocating for and developing programs to...
Jul 27, 2012
Members of the NFU have been at the forefront of the local food movement for several decades. With this strong grassroots involvement in the local food movement, the NFU is an outspoken leader in advocating for and developing programs to support local food as a means to strengthen farmers'...
Jul 25, 2012
SASKATOON, SK—Today, Bill Gehl, Chair of the Canadian Wheat Board Alliance, and Terry Boehm, President of the National Farmers Union, are in Saskatoon to speak to the media about a year of infamy in Canadian agricultural policy and for Canadian democracy. “Since the Harper government...
Jul 24, 2012
The Ram's Horn is a monthly newsletter with stories and analysis of what is happening in the food system, locally and globally. It is published more or less monthly; subscriptions cover 10 issues, which is generally one year of publications. Briefly (it's only 8 pages) and pointedly,...
Jul 23, 2012
Here is the letter from Hon. Ted Meekin, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in response to NFU in Ontario's letter regarding the 2012 drought situation.
Jul 16, 2012
Guelph, Ontario – The National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on local food eaters and the Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to support Ontario family farmers as they cope with drought conditions and other weather-related challenges. St. Marys area farmer and Ontario NFU...
Jul 16, 2012
National Farmers Union - Ontario In Union is Strength 5420 Hwy #6 North R.R. #5 Suite 229 Guelph, Ontario N1H 6J2   July 16, 2012 Dear Minister McMeekin: As you know the National Farmers Union in Ontario represents thousands of family farms across Ontario. Our members grow and raise a wide...
Jul 11, 2012
by Randall Affleck, NFU Board Member I am proud of Canada’s national agriculture policy for dairy; supply management. Like many rural initiatives of the past, it has deep cooperative roots that have nurtured the development of a viable, modern dairy sector in every region of Canada. It...
Jul 9, 2012
Beachburg, ON – Dave Mackay, President of the Renfrew County National Farmers Union, reports the present drought situation is serious and almost to the point of becoming critical for area farmers. Farmers had already expressed concern two weeks ago, however the situation has escalated to very...
Jun 22, 2012
Ottawa: “Former Liberal leadership candidate Martha Hall-Findlay has made public both her opposition to, and her lack of understanding of Canada’s supply management system for dairy in the report she presented in a press conference yesterday,” said Paul Slomp, National Farmers...
Jun 19, 2012
The National Farmers Union is extremely disappointed in the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision to strike down Justice Campbell’s December 7, 2011 ruling where he found that Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz had acted outside of the rule of law by bringing forward legislation that...
Jun 19, 2012
From June 20-22, 2012, governments from all over the world will meet in Río de Janeiro, Brazil, to commemorate 20 years since the “Earth Summit”, the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development, which established for the first time a global agenda for “sustainable...
Jun 14, 2012
The global food system is in profound crisis. More than a billion people suffer from hunger, and their numbers are rising faster than the global population. Yet more than enough food is produced to feed everybody in the world. At the same time we are heading deeper into a global climate crisis, for...