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2016

Apr 13, 2016
Often the business of running a farm happens at the kitchen table amongst family members. In that vein, the National Farmers Union-Ontario’s Board of Directors invited Jeff Leal, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture and Food and Rural Affairs to join them over lunch to thoughtfully...
Apr 7, 2016
(April 7, 2016) - The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) applauds the Grain Farmers of Ontario’s (GFO) efforts to encourage their members to embrace a formal “4-R” process regarding fertilizer stewardship. At the recent Grain Farmers March Classic, GFO Chair Mark Brock...
Apr 5, 2016
By Jan Slomp   The Nanaimo and Capital Regional Districts and several First Nation funders are unhappy with the lack of progress made by the Island Corridor Foundation to re-instate rail service between Victoria and Courtenay with a branch line to Port Alberni.   Rail service was...
Apr 2, 2016
PDF Version Contents: Message from the Editorial Advisory Committee Message from the President Message from the Women's President Message from the NFU Youth President Regional Reports Meet your new Board members Convention Panel Reports: Soil Health is Key – Lessening farmers'...
Apr 1, 2016
PDF version Contents: Rebuilding Canada’s agricultural institutions in the public interest for sustainable, prosperous family farms: NFU Submission to Federal Pre‐Budget Consultation, February 2016 Atrazine Review ̶ NFU calls for precautionary approach Strengthening Supply Management:...
Mar 31, 2016
(March 31, 2016 - Kingston, ON) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has endorsed the Mobility, Voice and Equality for Migrant Workers (MoVE) Campaign organized by the Coalition for Migrant Workers Rights - Canada. The NFU joins in the call for regulatory changes so that migrant workers can more...
Mar 30, 2016
by Emery Huszka Florence, Ontario - I’ve been watching with interest the recent social media splash made over French’s ketchup. It highlights what the National Farmers Union (NFU) has been talking about for years – food sovereignty matters. Consumers are becoming increasingly...
Mar 24, 2016
(March 24, 2016) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has written to Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay asking him to take immediate action to stop Monsanto licensee, Forage Genetics International, (FGI) from selling genetically modified (GM) alfalfa seed in Canada this spring. The...
Mar 24, 2016
March 24, 2016   Hon.  Lawrence MacAulay Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food House of Commons Ottawa, ON  K1A 9A6   Email:  lawrence.macaulay@parl.gc.ca   Dear Minister MacAulay,   Re: Urgent Action needed to stop sale of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa seed...
Mar 23, 2016
PDF Version   The following was sent to Transport Minister Marc Garneau on March 23, 2016:   The transportation of prairie grain by rail is a critical element in Canada’s economy. The consequences of its success or failure are measured in the billions of dollars annually. The costs...
Mar 17, 2016
The Federal Budget will be tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2016. The National Farmers Union (NFU) presented its recommendations to the House of Commons Finance Committee during its pre-budget consultation process. The NFU is calling for the budget to: Rebuild agriculture institutions through...
Mar 15, 2016
(March 15, 2016, Guelph, ON) - Emery Huszka of Florence, Ontario was chosen as the new National Farmers Union - Ontario President, NFU National Board member, and NFU Region 3 Coordinator at the Annual General Meeting held March 5 in Kingston, Ontario   As membership continues to grow, the NFU-...
Mar 14, 2016
March 14, 2016   The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada House of Commons Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6   Email: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca   Dear Prime Minister:   RE: Meeting Canada’s Paris Agreement commitments in tackling climate change and...
Mar 10, 2016
   The National Farmers Union has endorsed the LEAP Manifesto. “2016 is a Leap Year, when we add a day to our calendars to bring them into sync with the earth’s revolution around the sun. Because it’s easier to change our human systems than to change the laws of nature...
Mar 7, 2016
PDF version Contents: TPP signed, consultations underway Canada’s incredible shrinking railway system                          
Mar 1, 2016
(March 1, 2016 - Saskatoon) - The statutory review of the Canada Transportation Act was tabled in Parliament on February 25, 2016. The eighteen-month review required by the Act was initiated in June 2014.   “The CTA Review was carried out by the previous government’s appointees,...
Feb 24, 2016
The National Farmers Union was saddened by news of Cathleen Kneen’s death on February 21, 2016. “Cathleen Kneen was a cherished friend of the NFU,” said Jan Slomp, NFU President. “Her leadership in the food movement was pivotal. She was like a rock, standing up for food...
Feb 9, 2016
(February 8, 2016 –Saskatoon) – The National Farmers Union (NFU) was one of several crop-related farm groups who met with federal Agriculture Minister MacAulay at a round-table meeting in Saskatoon today. The Minister’s consultation with stakeholders followed his announcement that...
Feb 8, 2016
PDF Version Contents: Message from the Editorial Advisory Committee Message from the President Message from the Women's President Message from the NFU Youth President Meet your VPs (Vice President bios) Convention Panel Reports: The Policy-Soil Interface: – from the plant to the planet...
Feb 5, 2016
(February 5, 2016, Winnipeg) - ‘’Sowing Seeds: A European Perspective’’ features Claudia Schievelbein of Germany and Guy Kastler of France. Both European farmers are affiliated with La Via Campesina (LVC), the world-wide farmers’ movement for dignity and social justice...