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NFU Calls for Immediate Action to Stop GM alfalfa seed sales in Canada

(March 24, 2016) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has written to Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay asking him to take immediate action to stop Monsanto licensee, Forage Genetics International, (FGI) from selling genetically modified (GM) alfalfa seed in Canada this spring. The NFU also asked the Minister to put border controls in place to prevent importation of contaminated conventional alfalfa seed from the USA.
“The NFU has seen a letter from FGI which says the company may start selling genetically modified alfalfa seed in Eastern Canada for spring planting,” said Jan Slomp, NFU President. “This would be a disaster for farmers because, once it has been planted, there would be no way to stop the GM trait from spreading to organic and conventional farms and crops.

Letter to Minister - Urgent Action needed to stop GM alfalfa seed sales

March 24, 2016
Hon.  Lawrence MacAulay
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON  K1A 9A6
Dear Minister MacAulay,
Re: Urgent Action needed to stop sale of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa seed in Canada and to bring in border controls to prevent importation of contaminated conventional alfalfa seed
It has come to our attention that the Monsanto licensee, Forage Genetics International (FGI), has signalled it may begin selling genetically modified alfalfa seed in Eastern Canada in April 2016.

NFU Recommendations for Solving Canada’s Grain Transportation Problems

The following was sent to Transport Minister Marc Garneau on March 23, 2016:
The transportation of prairie grain by rail is a critical element in Canada’s economy. The consequences of its success or failure are measured in the billions of dollars annually. The costs of dysfunction are inordinately borne by farmers who are forced to accept lower prices for their product and pay higher storage, freight and demurrage costs to get it to market. Grain companies are margin traders. Their profits depend not on the actual price of grain, but on the difference between the price they pay farmers for the grain and the price they obtain when selling it to the end-user.

Federal Budget - The NFU’s Recommendations

The Federal Budget will be tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2016. The National Farmers Union (NFU) presented its recommendations to the House of Commons Finance Committee during its pre-budget consultation process.

Emery Huszka New NFU-O President and Region 3 Coordinator

(March 15, 2016, Guelph, ON) - Emery Huszka of Florence, Ontario was chosen as the new National Farmers Union - Ontario President, NFU National Board member, and NFU Region 3 Coordinator at the Annual General Meeting held March 5 in Kingston, Ontario
As membership continues to grow, the NFU-O is focused on sharing its core values with both rural and urban populations, highlighting the need for strong rural communities and sustainable local economies, prioritizing issues affecting farmers and promoting the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of family farms and rural communities. “We may not agree on all issues, but we will engage thoughtfully and take action constructively,” notes Huszka. “We are known for asking hard questions, and I intend to continue on that path.”

Letter to PM about meeting Paris Agreement commitments

March 14, 2016
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6
Dear Prime Minister:
RE: Meeting Canada’s Paris Agreement commitments in tackling climate change and transitioning to a low carbon economy
The National Farmers Union (NFU) supports Canada’s commitment to undertake action to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
Farmers are on the front lines of climate change, as we are among those who most depend upon a favourable climate and w

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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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.”