News

2009

Dec 1, 2009 File(s) attached
Aug 31, 2009
Download the Fall 2009 issue of Union Farmer Quarterly (10MB)  
Jul 31, 2009 File(s) attached
Jul 9, 2009
(JULY 9, 2009) The federal government has changed the variety registration system regulations in spite of widespread opposition and concerns. The variety registration system is a system where new plant varieties are independently tested and judged on their performance and merit by recommending...
May 31, 2009 File(s) attached
Jan 27, 2009 File(s) attached
  The federal budget released by the Harper Government fails to address the deepening financial crisis facing Canada’s family farmers, says Stewart Wells, President of the National Farmers Union (NFU). In the budget, the Harper Government promised $50 million over the next three years to...
Jan 12, 2009
January 12, 2009 - The Alberta Government must respect the wishes of farmers and stop spending taxpayers’ money on a campaign to dismantle the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB), says Doug Scott, a Board member of the National Farmers Union (NFU). The Alberta Government must respect the wishes...

2008

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Jun 8, 2008
Seeds of Change: Farmers, Biotechnology, and the New Face of Agriculture This documentary film is a seventy-minute documentary film made by University of Manitoba (U of M) professor Stéphane McLachlan, U of M PhD student Ian Mauro, and independent videographer Jim Sanders, is a balanced yet hard-...
May 30, 2008
Elmer Laird (1924 - 2010), a founding member of the National Farmers Union, was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2008. He established the first certified organic research farm in Canada, and wrote about organic food production for over twenty years. The Saskatchewan...

2007

Dec 31, 2007 File(s) attached
Jun 21, 2007
June 21, 20/07   Two pieces of economic news this past week bode poorly for farmers, and both of them relate to factors far beyond their control. One is the continuing rise of the Canadian dollar against its American counterpart. The dollar neared 92 cents American, a level not seen since 1977...
Apr 16, 2007
April16, 2007   Agriculture columnists and commentators have declared that the debate over barley marketing is over. Agriculture Minister Strahl's plebiscite results are in, and we should accept them and get over it. One commentator threw down the gauntlet by declaring "anyone...

2006

Dec 31, 2006 File(s) attached
Aug 8, 2006
While women play a critical role in the day-to-day operation of Canadian farms, there has been no explicit effort to identify their policy needs or their vision of an inclusive Canadian agricultural policy. This reality contradicts the Canadian government’s commitment to achieving gender...
Feb 1, 2006 File(s) attached
The poultry industry's central role in the bird flu crisis Backyard or free-range poultry are not fuelling the current wave of bird flu outbreaks stalking large parts of the world. The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu is essentially a problem of industrial poultry practices. Its epicentre is the...

2005

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etc group -- November/December 2005 It’s no secret that transnational corporations wield unprecedented power to shape social, economic and trade policies. Today we are witnessing ever more concentrated control over – not only the food system – but the products and processes of...
Jun 30, 2005 File(s) attached
A report by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food -- July 2005 Table of Contents Terms of Reference Letter to the Minister The Farm Economy in Crisis Farm Income Consultations Impact of Government Regulation Improving Farm Income The Need for Investment...