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NFU Endorses LEAP Manifesto

The National Farmers Union has endorsed the LEAP Manifesto. “2016 is a Leap Year, when we add a day to our calendars to bring them into sync with the earth’s revolution around the sun. Because it’s easier to change our human systems than to change the laws of nature”

Visit the Leap Manifesto website for more information, including news, resources, FAQs, list of signatories, and to sign on as an individual.

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The Leap Manifesto

A Call For a Canada Based on Caring For The Earth and One Another

Union Farmer Newsletter - Februrary 2016

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  • TPP signed, consultations underway
  • Canada’s incredible shrinking railway system














Saskatchewan District 3 Convention

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 09:30 - 17:00
Region 6, District 3 will be holding its Annual District Convention on Monday, March 21, 2016 at the Cantuar Community Hall, Cantuar, Sask.
Registration will commence at 9:30 A.M.

CTA Review reflects previous government’s priorities, says NFU

(March 1, 2016 - Saskatoon) - The statutory review of the Canada Transportation Act was tabled in Parliament on February 25, 2016. The eighteen-month review required by the Act was initiated in June 2014.
“The CTA Review was carried out by the previous government’s appointees, and its results predictably reflect an alignment with CN, CP and the multinational grain companies regarding grain transportation, contrary to the interests of farmers,” said Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union (NFU) President. “Our current government is not required to adopt any of the CTA Review’s recommendations. However, it does need to ensure the railways carry out their statutory common carrier obligations, which are a critical part of the Canadian rail system.”

The NFU Mourns the Passing and Celebrates the Life of Cathleen Kneen

The National Farmers Union was saddened by news of Cathleen Kneen’s death on February 21, 2016.

“Cathleen Kneen was a cherished friend of the NFU,” said Jan Slomp, NFU President. “Her leadership in the food movement was pivotal. She was like a rock, standing up for food justice and gender equity.”

NFU comments on Special Review of atrazine

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February 12, 2016

National Farmers Union comments on the Special Review of atrazine: Proposed Decision for Consultation. Re-evaluation Note REV2015-11

NFU Region 1, District 1 (Prince Edward Island) District Convention

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 09:30 - 17:00
NFU Region 1, District 1 (Prince Edward Island) will be holding its Annual District Convention on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the Milton Community Hall, 7 New Glasgow Road, Rte. 224 (corner of Rte. 7 and 224), North Milton, P.E.I.  In case of a storm, the convention will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
Registration will commence at 9:30 A.M. and the Call to Order will be 10:00 A.M.  Registration fee:  $20/person (includes a noon meal)
The District has made a decision to pay parents’ childcare expenses up to a maximum of $25 per child for that day in order that the parents can attend the convention.

NFU meets with Agriculture Minister MacAulay and other stakeholders in Saskatoon

(February 8, 2016 –Saskatoon) – The National Farmers Union (NFU) was one of several crop-related farm groups who met with federal Agriculture Minister MacAulay at a round-table meeting in Saskatoon today. The Minister’s consultation with stakeholders followed his announcement that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has renewed its agreement with the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) for continued cooperation on plant breeding research carried out by AAFC scientists, which will be funded by over $21 million raised through the WGRF’s wheat and barley check-offs.

Union Farmer Quarterly: Winter 2015-2016

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  • Message from the Editorial Advisory Committee
  • Message from the President
  • Message from the Women's President
  • Message from the NFU Youth President
  • Meet your VPs (Vice President bios)

Convention Panel Reports:

  • The Policy-Soil Interface: – from the plant to the planet
  • Flying in the Face of Neoliberalism – Farmers Earning a Living Wage
  • Soil: Our Common Ground – Thoughts from NFU members across the country

Upcoming Event:

  • NFU brings European Farmers to Canada


  • NFU Institutional Strengthening Project Update

The Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing - Winning Entries: