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NFU-O applauds the formation of a Prison Farm Advisory Panel

(May 12, 2017, Kingston)  The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) applauds the formation of a Prison Farm Advisory Panel by Correctional Services Canada (CSC). The panel is a positive step toward the decision to re-open two prison farms in Kingston.
On May 11, 2017, CSC announced formation of “an advisory panel to provide advice about the potential re-opening of penitentiary farms at Collins Bay and Joyceville Institutions. The seven volunteer panel members, including three NFU members, have experience in business, agriculture, corrections, social justice, and employment.
“Prisons are a stark reality of our society, however, they’re also part of our human infrastructure.

NFU calls on Canada to support study of Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition

The following is the text of the letter sent on April 26, 2017
Dear Minister MacAulay and Members of the Permanent Mission of Canada to the FAO Agencies: 
We are writing to you on behalf of the National Farmers Union of Canada with regard to a very important issue that is currently being discussed at the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS): the proposal for the CFS to request the High Level Panel of Experts to prepare a report on "Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition" in 2019.
This proposal was made by civil society organisations in November 2016.

Canada’s NFU tweets President Trump a solution to US dairy crisis

(April 20, 2017 - Courtenay, BC). Today, the President of National Farmers Union (NFU) sent US President Donald Trump a letter via Twitter, encouraging him to adopt a solution that would make America’s dairy farmers great again. 
“We have compassion for American family farmers who are experiencing record low farm-gate milk prices. We understand many are forced to take on terrible debt loads. Those who cannot survive this crisis are seeing their hopes and dreams dashed. This is the very situation our own farmers were in 50 years ago,” said Jan Slomp, NFU President.
“In President Trump’s speech on Tuesday, he said he wasn’t just looking for answers, he is looking for a solution,” said Jan Slomp, NFU President.

Urgent Action Alert: Comments on proposed food safety regulations

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has proposed a major change to food safety regulations.

SURVEY on Grading, Pricing and Delivery Problems at Elevators

What’s going on in the grain trade these days? The National Farmers Union's Trains and Grain Committee would like to hear from you to learn more about farmers’ experiences with the grain companies, especially in the context of changes to the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) and the dismantling of the Canadian Wheat Board in the last few years. We know that incidents often go unreported. The NFU wants to hear from you so we can promote solutions to the problems farmers are having. By sharing your experience, you will help us advocate for farmers.  

SARM delegates miss target

by Jan Slomp
The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) has called on the federal government to expand the legal justification for self-defense. In early March 2017, 93 percent of its annual convention delegates voted in favour of a resolution indicating they believe rural residents do not have adequate rights to protect themselves or their property. 
It is extremely frustrating when we have to get used to constantly taking keys out of our vehicles, locking doors and fuel tanks and being ever-mindful of possible theft. What SARM is asking for, however, does not represent much wisdom.

Saskatchewan budget makes life harder, more expensive, more isolated for rural people, says NFU

(Saskatoon, March 24, 2017) - “The government of Saskatchewan’s 2017 budget will make life more difficult for farmers and other rural residents while giving corporations and the extractive industries unnecessary tax breaks,” said Cam Goff, Hanley-area farmer and National Farmers Union 2nd Vice President. “With just over a million people in a province that is endowed with incredible wealth, there is no good reason to cut valuable public services and sell off crown corporations and crown lands to balance the books.”
The National Farmers Union has many concerns with the budget.

Union Farmer Quarterly: Spring 2017

Message from the Editorial Advisory Committee
Message from the President - Challenges in a Post-Truth Era
Message from the Women's President
Message from the NFU Youth
Regional Reports
  • North American Region Meeting of La Via Campesina—February 8th to 11, 2017, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Opposing Paradigms— the need to land squarely on the ecological side
  • Rethinking Our Relationship to the Land
  • New Board member profiles: Rachelle Ternier, Seann Dory, Cam Goff
  • The Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing - 2016 Winning Entries
    • Dear Canada

Union Farmer Newsletter - March 2017

  • The Case for a Carbon Tax —an (intentionally provocative) editorial by Darrin Qualman
  • Neonicotinoids under review: PMRA proposes phase‐out of imidacloprid and launches review of clothianidin or thiamethoxam
  • The Public Trust PR Campaign: Agribusiness efforts to avoid public regulation —by Cathy Holtslander, NFU Director of Research and Policy
  • Grain farmers—we want to hear from you!
  • Do Farmers Really Believe a Market Exists For Grain Sales? —by Kyle Korneychuk








NFU finds SARM resolution deeply concerning, will not solve rural problems

(March 17 2017) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is deeply concerned by the news that 93% of Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) annual convention delegates voted in favour of a resolution calling on the federal government to “expand the rights and justification for an individual to defend or protect himself, herself, and persons under their care and their property.” This resolution, put forward under the shadow of last summer’s tragic shooting of Colten Boushie by a Biggar-area farmer, reveals the dangerous undercurrent of fear and aggression in rural Saskatchewan. This is not the way to address problems faced in rural areas.
“We, the NFU, affirm the value of people over property. We do not support the ongoing colonial violence that continues to damage the social fabric of Saskatchewan,” said Rachelle Ternier, NFU Region 6 (Saskatchewan) Coordinator.