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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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Contents:

  • 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

Articles:

  • NFU Institutional Strengthening Project Update

The Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing - Winning Entries:

Region 3 Convention & NFU-O AGM

Date: 
Fri, 03/04/2016 - 19:30 - Sat, 03/05/2016 - 17:00

Friday, March 4
Diana Beresford-Kroeger – The Future of Farming and You!, 7:30 p.m.
Memorial Hall, 216 Ontario St., Kingston

Tickets are $10 at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please email office@nfuontario.ca if you would like to attend but funds are a barrier.

Diana Beresford-Kroeger will explore our role as eaters and farmers in mitigating climate change and dealing with water issues.

NFU-New Brunswick Annual General Meeting

Date: 
Sun, 03/13/2016 - 10:00 - 16:00
NFU-NB's Annual General Meeting will be held on
Sunday, March 13 from 10-4 in Shediac, NB.
(in case of snow, alternate date will be Sunday, March 20).  
 
This year's theme is NB's Empty Farmland: Use it or lose it
 
Agenda details to be available soon.

NFU-Manitoba hosts European Farmers speaking tour February 22-24 in Winnipeg and Brandon.

(February 5, 2016, Winnipeg) - ‘’Sowing Seeds: A European Perspective’’ features Claudia Schievelbein of Germany and Guy Kastler of France. Both European farmers are affiliated with La Via Campesina (LVC), the world-wide farmers’ movement for dignity and social justice, of which the National Farmers Union (NFU) is a member. They will share their experiences around issues such as farmers’ right to save seed, royalties, Plant Breeders Rights legislation, public versus private funding of seed research and the implications of trade agreements such as CETA.
 

Letter: Government should use Bank of Canada for financing debt

PDF version of the letter
 
February 4, 2016
 
 
The Right Hon.

Farmer’s organization still waiting for government response after five months

(February 4, 2016 - Fredericton) - After meeting with Minister Horsman in October 2015, the National Farmers Union in NB is still awaiting a response regarding changes to farm vehicle registration in NB.   NB farmers pay the highest farm vehicle registration fees in the Maritimes.  PEI pays only $10 per vehicle/per year and Nova Scotian farmers pay about 30% of what NB farmers have to pay for the same vehicle weight.   When all vehicle registration fees were increased by 7% in September 2015, both general farm organizations came together to request that farm vehicles not only be exempt from this increase but for an overall reduction in fees.
 
Along with a fee reduction to allow NB farmers to remain competitive with other provinces, the requests included online registration of farm-plated vehicles, a monthly registration option for farm-plated vehicles and the allowance of vehicles other than trucks to be eligible for farm plates i

Organisme de fermiers attend encore une réponse du gouvernement après cinq mois

Organisme de fermiers attend encore une réponse du gouvernement après cinq mois
 
(4 Fev. 2016 -Fredericton) - Après une rencontre avec le ministre Horsman en octobre 2015, l'Union nationale des fermiers au N.-B. attend encore une réponse concernant les changements à l'immatriculation des véhicules agricoles au Nouveau-Brunswick.
 
Les fermiers du N.-B. payent les droits d'immatriculation les plus élevés pour véhicules agricoles aux Maritimes. Les fermiers de l'Î-P-É paient seulement 10 $ par véhicule/par année et ceux de la Nouvelle-Écosse paient environ 30 % de ce que les fermiers du N.-B. doivent payer pour un véhicule du même poids.

Democracy, supply management threatened

Op Ed by Jan Slomp (published in the Western Producer, February 4, 2016)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism gives foreign corporations the right to sue our government if they believe their future profits will be reduced as a result of democratically enacted measures. 


While ISDS puts a chill on public interest regulation, the TPP also has more insidious ways of overturning democratic decision-making and imposing a corporate-friendly agenda. One is its attack on our supply management system. 


Supply management is a Canadian innovation that ensures farmers do not need subsidies to stay in business and our population has enough dairy, eggs and poultry. It is built upon three pillars: import controls, cost-of-production pricing to farmers and producer discipline to ensure that enough, but not too much, is produced. 


NFU to be part of climate change solutions in Manitoba

(Deleau, MB, February 1, 2016 ) - The National Farmer Union (NFU) is working with the Manitoba government to develop new ways for the province’s farmers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, and to reduce the impacts of climate change on our farms. The NFU, along with other organizations and sectors, is participating in a wide-ranging project to address climate change, initiated by the Manitoba Department of Conservation and Water Stewardship and funded by the provincial government through the Climate Change Action Fund.