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Canada - EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

On October 14, 2016 the Belgian province of Wallonia's Parliament voted against CETA, which prevented Belgium from agreeing to the deal. On October 17, 2016 the NFU sent a letter of support to the leader of Wallonia, expressing solidarity with the Walloon people in upholding the interests of farmers and working people. In subsequent negotiations Wallonia agreed to an "interpretative declaration" to be used in the event of an investor-state dispute. The result is that ratification of CETA can proceed, but will happen in two stages.

Union Farmer Newsletter - November 2016

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  • An Evening with David Suzuki, by Dana Penrice, NFU Youth Vice President
  • An Introduction to Carbon Pricing, by Cathy Holtslander, NFU Director of Research and Policy
  • A system that leaves small producers at the mercy of buyers, by Amanda Wildeman, Executive Director, NFU‐NB










UNF Présentation - Consultation publique sur l’accord du Partenariat transpacifique (PTP)

Union Nationale des Fermiers, Présentation au comité du commerce international de la Chambre des communes
Consultation publique sur l’accord du Partenariat transpacifique (PTP)
Le mardi 27 septembre 2016

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L’union Nationale des Fermiers (UNF) s’oppose à l’accord du Partenariat transpacifique (PTP) et recommande qu’il ne soit pas ratifié par le Canada.

Commentary: Support for new farmers must include access to daycare services

(November 8, 2016) - Agriculture has existed for over 10,000 years, and ever since it began, women have played a vital role. Whether working in the kitchen, keeping house or educating children, the large majority of family farms wouldn’t have a shot without the work of the women.  More and more, women are not just participating in the domestic work, but are also running the farms themselves. The results of a recent survey showed that women make up the majority of new farmers in Canada.  No matter what role women are playing on farms in New Brunswick or elsewhere, the important thing is that they have the ability to choose which activities they partake in, and that these activities, whether physical labour or doing the laundry, are valued.

Opinion : Soutien pour les nouveaux agriculteurs inclut l’accès au service de garderie

(le 8 novembre, 2016) - Depuis que l’agriculture existe il y a au moins 10 000 ans, les femmes y ont joué un rôle vital. Que ce soit au niveau de la cuisine, de l’entretien des maisons ou de l’éducation des enfants, la grosse majorité des fermes familiales ne tiendrait pas le coup sans le travail des femmes. De plus en plus, par contre, ce n’est pas seulement au niveau du travail domestique que participe les femmes, mais à la tête d’entreprises agricoles. Un récent sondage sur les nouveaux fermiers au Canada démontre que la majorité des agriculteurs sont en fait des agricultrices.

Op Ed: CBC news story a slap in the face of hard working Canadian dairy farmers

By Jan Slomp
On Thursday’s CBC Vancouver noon news program, the business reporter made the odd announcement that dairy farmers in Canada are the second most uncompetitive in the world. This came immediately after reporting that a deal on CETA had been reached after the Belgian region of Wallonia resisted signing it due to their opposition to CETA’s anti-democratic Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clauses that allow corporations to sue governments if they believe new regulations will impinge on their expectations of profits.
CETA is opposed by many Canadian dairy farmers, as well as other farmers and consumers in solidarity.

Op Ed: Equity or Equitable? – MPAC Assessments Highlight Farmland Challenges

by Emery Huszka, NFU-O President

Recently, farm families across Ontario have received MPAC notices reflecting dramatic changes in values. In some cases, assessment estimates are doubled from 2012. MPAC has captured what the National Farmers Union-Ontario (NFU-O) has been warning of for years. (See the NFU report Losing Our Grip: 2015 Update). Investors and heavily financed, large-scale farm operations have created an environment of unsustainable land prices.

NFU commends Wallonia for standing firm in opposition to CETA

(Saskatoon – October 21, 2016) -  Today Canada’s Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland conceded defeat in her efforts to convince the Belgian province of Wallonia drop its opposition to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Without Wallonian support Belgium cannot sign the deal. CETA cannot be ratified unless all 28 European Union (EU) member states agree. While EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström expressed hope that the deal could be salvaged, it is clear that the scheduled October 27 ratification will not take place.

NFU-NB welcomes Local Food and Beverage Strategy

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(October 19, 2016 – Fredericton) – The National Farmers Union in NB welcomes the Local Food and Beverages Strategy announced today by Minister Rick Doucet.  The NFU-NB has been an advocate for local food policy for nearly a decade, and we are pleased that this government is recognizing the important asset NB has in our agricultural land base, our farmers and our fishers.
While a strategy is not as strong as policy, this local food and beverages strategy was specifically named as one of the economic drivers in the NB Economic Growth Plan announced last month, which gives it a unique interdepartmental mandate.  We will be watching closely for the annual reports and continually pushing for new action items to be included as the ones currently listed are completed.
The Buy-Achetez-NB logo is an essential element so that whether a consumer is at a farmers m

Open letter to the People of Wallonia and their Representatives in the Walloon Parliament

October 17, 2016
Paul Magnette
Ministre-Président de la Wallonie
Rue Mazy, 25-27
5100 Namur                       
As farmers organized in the National Farmers Union in Canada, we are encouraged to see that your elected assembly has taken a strong stance against the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA).
We are sure that in weighing pros and cons of this deal, you are able to point out the losses it would bring for farmers in your region. As Canadian farmers, we also have very concrete concerns about this agreement.