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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.

Union Farmer Quarterly: Spring 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
  • Regional Reports
  • Meet your new Board members

Convention Panel Reports:

  • Soil Health is Key – Lessening farmers' impact on water
  • Critical Issues for New Farmers – the challenge of accessing capital and land - NFU youth


Union Farmer Newsletter - March 2016

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  • Rebuilding Canada’s agricultural institutions in the public interest for sustainable, prosperous family farms:
    NFU Submission to Federal Pre‐Budget Consultation, February 2016
  • Atrazine Review ̶ NFU calls for precautionary approach
  • Strengthening Supply Management: Defending Canadian control of our market space and advancing food sovereignty
  • 2016 Census of Agriculture is on the horizon













NFU endorses MoVE Campaign for Migrant Workers’ Rights

(March 31, 2016 - Kingston, ON) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has endorsed the Mobility, Voice and Equality for Migrant Workers (MoVE) Campaign organized by the Coalition for Migrant Workers Rights - Canada. The NFU joins in the call for regulatory changes so that migrant workers can more easily move between jobs, thereby improving working and living conditions for Canadian born and migrant workers. The campaign is also seeking a transition from tied work permits to open work permits, the removal of time limits on work permits and restrictions on Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA) including a 4-year time-limit on workers ability to stay and permanent resident immigration status upon arrival for migrant workers.

OP ED - Bottling Canada’s Food Policies – What the debate over ketchup says about the future of farming

by Emery Huszka

Florence, Ontario - I’ve been watching with interest the recent social media splash made over French’s ketchup. It highlights what the National Farmers Union (NFU) has been talking about for years – food sovereignty matters. Consumers are becoming increasingly savvy about where their food comes from. As farmers, we’d be stupid not to sit up and notice this trend.

In case you somehow missed the hubbub, retail giant Loblaws threatened to drop French’s ketchup, while keeping Heinz. The tomato paste for French’s is being produced in Leamington, Ontario at the factory and with the tomatoes that Heinz dropped in 2014 when it moved its ketchup production out of Canada. Canadian consumers used social media to voice their displeasure loud and clear, and Loblaws reversed their decision.