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NFU joins #MyActionsMatter campaign against Gender Based Violence

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is participating in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The campaign started on November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and continues until International Human Rights Day on December 10.
 
“We stand in solidarity with our global counterparts and add our voices to those of peasant farmers in our sister organizations in La Via Campesina,” said Coral Sproule, NFU President. “In Canada on December 6th, we recognize the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and remember the 13 engineering students and one worker who were murdered by an act of gender-based violence at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989. We would also like to stand in solidarity at the many vigils that will take place this night in communities across Canada.

NFU urges BC Government to deny approval of Site C Dam construction

(Parksville, BC – Dec. 1, 2017) – The approval process for Site C Dam is in its final stages in the context of the ambiguous conclusions of the British Columbia Utility Commission’s (BCUC) Site C Final Report and support expressed by construction and hydro labour unions for continuing the project. “If approval is granted for construction of the Site C dam, it has the potential to be a disaster for BC,” said National Farmers Union (NFU) Vice President (Policy), Jan Slomp of Courtenay, BC.  
 
The NFU stands in solidarity with the First Nations Communities of Treaty 8 and the farmers of the Peace River Valley calling for a halt to construction of the Site C Dam and cancelling the project from going forward in the future.  
 
“First Nations communities have not been properly consulted nor respected.

Coral Sproule elected President at 48th Annual NFU Convention

(Ottawa, November 25, 2017) - Coral Sproule was elected President of the National Farmers Union at the 48th Annual National Convention held in Ottawa November 23 to 25, 2017. Results of the national officers elections are as follows:
  • Coral Sproule of Perth, ON, elected President
  • Katie Ward of Woodlawn, ON, acclaimed as Women's President
  • Stuart Oke of Saint-Andre-Avellin, QC, elected as Youth President
  • Jan Slomp of Courtenay, BC, elected First Vice-President (Policy)
  • Cam Goff of Hanley, SK, elected Second Vice-President (Operations)
  • Shannon Jones of River Hebert, NS, elected Women's Vice-President
  • Marta Reczek of Chilliwack, BC, acclaimed Youth Vice-President
The National Farmers Union is a direct-membership voluntary organization made up of Canadian farm families who share common goals.

Letter - Without the CWB farmers are losing millions of dollars every year

To the Editor

NFU National Convention 2017

Date: 
Thu, 11/23/2017 (All day) - Sat, 11/25/2017 (All day)

The NFU's 48th annual National Convention will be held in Ottawa November 23 -25. There will be a pre-convention social event on Wednesday November 22. The keynote address by Janine Wedel is open to the public (7 -9:30 PM, Thursday, November 23). For more information including program highlights, registration information and location, please visit our Convention Page.

Union Farmer Newsletter - October 2017

 
Contents:
  • Our National Food Policy Includes Farmers!
  • What impact has Free Trade had on Canadian farmers? (tear-out fact sheet)
  • Private Corporation Tax Reform — Implications for Canada’s family farms
  • Bill C‐49 Will Amend Canada’s Transportation Laws

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Op Ed - Foreign investors gobbling farmland

by Douglas Campbell
 
The National Farmers Union (NFU) is alarmed by the rate at which P.E.I. farmland is being transferred to large corporate interests. Islanders, especially those in rural communities, know that all around them, land is being transferred generally in non-transparent transactions.
 
What is involved are frequent and widespread under-the-radar transfers of large quantities of land to interlocked corporations and to foreign investors. Without much apparent concern on the part of government, P.E.I. is now a victim of the well-known global land grab.
 
The P.E.I. Lands Protection Act is the envy of many people in other jurisdictions. However, the NFU has known since the early 1980s that limits on acreage ownership must be closely monitored to avoid exploitation of loopholes in the Act.

48th Annual Convention (2017)

November 23 to 25, 2017

We have lost more than a quarter of the farms across Canada and the average farmer age continue to climb. Many farmers are looking for ways to pass on their operations to a new generation of farmers. We have also lost, or are in danger of losing, many of the institutions that were and are vital to rural Canada. Renewal can mean many things but what the NFU will be exploring at this year's convention is how we can reimagine, restore and reinvigorate rural Canada.

The 48th annual National NFU Convention: Farm Renewal

was held November 23 to 25, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Ottawa East, 1199 Joseph Cyr Street, Ottawa, Ontario. (Map

 

La Via Campesina - new publication calls for massive change in agro-food systems

(Media release: Harare, 16th October 2017)  -- Today, on the International Day of Action for Peoples' Food Sovereignty and against Transnational corporations, La Via Campesina officially launches its new publication "Struggles of La Via Campesina for Agrarian Reform and the Defense of Life, Land and Territories" that argues for a massive change in the current agro-food system, if we have to overcome the food, climate, poverty, financial, economic and democratic crises facing the planet and

Op Ed - Time for Canadian farmers to stand up for our grain grading system!

by Stewart Wells
 
In 2014, a longtime advocate for grain trade deregulation and a former researcher for the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association was quoted in the ag press as saying “I don’t remember one serious conversation about market power and the dangers it imposed.”  Apparently that conversation still hasn’t happened for the farmers that are lobbying to open Canadian borders to an influx of U.S.-grown wheat.
 
The American National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates are lobbying the US government to help them export more wheat to Canada. They claim Canada’s grain grading system is a barrier, so they are asking President Trump to put pressure on Canada.