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NFU at Canadian Milk Matters Rally

(Ottawa – June 2, 2016) - Today, members of the National Farmers Union (NFU) join in solidarity with dairy farmers in concurrent rallies on Parliament Hill and in federal Agriculture Minister MacAulay's constituency, to celebrate International Milk Day, because “Canadian Milk Matters”.
Farmers will call upon the federal government to take action to ensure a sustainable and prosperous dairy sector in Canada. They are asking the federal government to enforce existing rules governing supply management. The NFU is particularly concerned about diafiltered milk imports undermining our supply management system.

NFU Mourns the Passing of Founding President, Roy Atkinson

(May 19, 2016) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) wishes to express sincere condolences to the family of Roy Atkinson, who served as our organization’s first President from 1969 until 1978.
“It is often said that we can see as far as we do today because we stand upon the shoulders of giants,” said Jan Slomp, NFU President. “Roy Atkinson is certainly one of those giants. His legacy as our farm movement’s leader is unmistakable. He was one of the visionaries who brought provincial farm unions together to create the foundation of our present national organization.”

Our beef is not just with Earl’s – a better system is within reach

By Emery Huszka
When Earl’s announced it could not find a large and consistent enough supply of Canadian beef that met its criteria, there was a quick and emotional backlash. Yet, Earl’s sourcing decision also highlights Canada’s need for a more diversified beef system that would create more value for both farmers and consumers.
First, we must look at where in the supply chain the decisions are made regarding synthetic hormones, antibiotics and slaughter methods. Over 90 percent of Canada’s federally inspected beef is slaughtered and processed by two foreign-owned companies – JBS of Brazil and US-based Cargill – using two packing plants in Alberta and one in Ontario. These companies own the feedlots where they finish a large proportion of the cattle that supply their packing plants.

World’s largest blueberry exporter – benefits beyond the GDP

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(Fredericton, NB, April 26, 2016 ) – The National Farmers Union in New Brunswick appreciates the government’s commitment to growing the wild blueberry sector.  NB is well positioned for this role we have land, the climate and the people to become the global leader in wild blueberry production and exports.  Further cooperation between government departments, farmers and processors will be essential in this success. 
The recent Crown Land allocation through a request for proposals was the most transparent, fair and timely process yet.  The NFU-NB is glad to hear that more land will be made available through a similar process next fall, bringing the government closer to their target in the 2013-18 Wild Blueberry Sector Strategy of making 5600 acres of Crown Land available to producers. 
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Des regroupements d’agriculteurs exhortent le ministre de l’Agriculture à stopper la dissémination de semences de luzerne génétiquement modifiée


Farm Groups Call on Ag Minister to Stop Genetically Modified Alfalfa Seed Release

Letter: CETA – Cheese market concession denies livelihoods to nearly 400 young farmers

April 13, 2016
Hon. Lawrence MacAulay
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
House of Commons,

NFU-O meets with OMAFRA minister, sees common ground and room for improvement

NFU-O Regional Council and Minister Leal
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 discuss issues of concern for the family farmers the NFU-O represents.

National Farmers Union-Ontario and Grain Farmers of Ontario Build an Agricultural Bridge

(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 encouraged delegates to “show our willingness to be good stewards by embracing the formal practice of 4-R fertilizer principles, [which are] the right type of fertilizer, in the right quantity, in the right place at the right time.”

OP Ed - Rail Service on Vancouver Island is Essential for Economic Development, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

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 historically developed for moving coal, lumber and passengers. The building of railroads was done by private investors who were given corridors through First Nations’ territories and large tracts of crown land with mineral rights in exchange for the statutory obligation to run passenger and freight services. As the population increased on the Island so did agriculture, and a significant portion of food was produced on the Island. Regulated freight rates supported livestock production by bringing in affordable feed grains from the prairies that was delivered by rail cars on barges and distributed through multiple feed companies throughout the region.