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NFU submission to PMRA on the Proposed Decision on Imidacloprid

Comments submitted to the Pest Management Regulatory Agency  by the National Farmers Union on the Proposed Re-evaluation Decision PRVD2016-20, Imidacloprid 
PMRA's full consultation document on the proposed Imidacloprid regulatory decision 
PDF version of NFU submission
The National Farmers Union (NFU) is Canada’s largest voluntary direct membership farm organization representing family farmers from across the country in all sectors of agriculture.

Manitoba NFU Youth and Young Agrarians Mixer & Potluck

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 15:00 - 18:00
Great Hall at Canadian Mennonite University, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd
Winnipeg, MB - Feb 11th - 3pm to 6pm
NFU youth & young agrarians mixer - an event for young, new and aspiring farmers!!!
We're bringing together young, new, and aspiring small farmers to socialize, share and support each other in our farming endeavours. Join us for a potluck and farm slideshows.

Op-Ed: Free Trade, Rural Canada and How to keep Canada from being Trumped

by Jan Slomp
Over the decades since the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and later, NAFTA, was signed, Canadian agriculture has undergone a significant shift. There was once a multitude of diverse local and regional economic drivers, but now we have a “one size fits all” export-driven, low-priced commodity production model. Farm capital needs have sky-rocketed as illustrated by the massive $90 billion farm debt. Off-farm investors control more and more of Canada’s farmland. Production – per farm, per acre and per worker -- continues to go up. And that production became increasingly export and transport dependent as NAFTA-driven deregulation accelerated consolidation and transnational ownership of handling and processing facilities.

Choice of Voice needed for Manitoba Farmers on Agriculture Issues

(Winnipeg, Jan. 18, 2017) - National Farmers Union Region 5 (Manitoba) states that the current stable funding model for General Farm Organizations (GFO) to represent Manitoba farmers’ voices on agriculture issues needs a serious fix.
On January 17, 2017, Manitoba Minister of Agriculture, Ralph Eichler, announced he would hold consultations to find a better way to help farm organizations receive funding from farmers.
The current membership check-off model in Manitoba is cumbersome, not free of corporate influence, and cannot represent a diversity of farmers because it is limited to those who deliver grain to elevators.

Union Farmer Quarterly: Winter 2016 -17

Message from the Editorial Advisory Committee
Message from the President
Message from the Women's President
Message from the NFU Youth
The Climate Crisis — A defining issue for the next 50 years?
Balancing Power in the Public Interest and Understanding the Science
Reflections on the NFU's 47th Annual Convention from Bursary Recipients
Gene Drives Threaten Biodiversity: Report from the Convention on Biological Diversity — by Maureen Bostock
Islanders and the Land and Migrant Dreams — Two documentaries of interest to NFU Memb

Union Farmer Newsletter - January 2017

  • NFU on Parliament Hill
  • Next Agricultural Policy Framework — presentation by Stewart Wells
  • Next Agricultural Policy Framework — presentation by Ted Wiggans and Amanda Wildeman
  • Study on the acquisition of farmland in Canada and its potential impact on the farming sector - presentation by Emery Huszka











NFU Submission to Trade Committee on Bill C-30, CETA Implementation Act

National Farmers Union Submission
to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade Study of Bill C-30,
the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act
November 30, 2016
The National Farmers Union (NFU) is Canada’s largest voluntary direct-membership, non-parti

NFU expresses solidarity with Indigenous land protectors at Standing Rock

(Saskatoon, SK, November 30, 2016) – The 47th Annual National Convention of the National Farmers Union (NFU) resolved to denounce the repression of peaceful protesters, including Indigenous land protectors, and expressed its support for the rights of people to engage in acts of civil disobedience in defence of the preservation of water, air, land and wildlife for future generations.

“With this statement, the NFU joins the many thousands of grassroots groups, unions, and Indigenous communities around the world in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as they defend the land and water on their traditional territories,” said Katie Ward, NFU Women’s Vice President. “As family farmers, we are also people of the land who, like the Indigenous water protectors in North Dakota, want our children and their children after them to be able to cultivate healthy soils, drink clean water and live in a just society.”

Cattle producers affected by TB quarantine need immediate relief

(Red Deer, AB – November 29, 2016) – The National Farmers Union (NFU) urges federal Agriculture Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, and his provincial counterparts, Hon. Oneil Carlier (Alberta) and Hon. Lyle Stewart (Saskatchewan), to provide immediate relief to cattle farmers affected by the expanding quarantine measures required in response to the discovery of Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) infection of six Alberta animals. Farm families are suffering undue stress and financial hardship.

Jan Slomp re-elected President at 47th Annual NFU Convention

(Saskatoon, November 28, 2016) - Jan Slomp was re-elected President of the National Farmers Union at the 47th Annual National Convention held in Saskatoon November 24 to 26, 2016.

Results of the national officers elections are as follows: