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Jan Slomp acclaimed as NFU President at 46th National Convention

(November 28, 2015) - Jan Slomp was returned as President of the National Farmers Union (NFU), elected by acclamation at its 46th annual National Convention held in London, Ontario, November 26 to 28, 2015.
 
Also acclaimed were:
             - Hilary Moore (Ontario) as NFU 1st Vice-President (Policy).
            - Coral Sproule (Ontario) as NFU Women’s President.
            - Toby Malloy (Alberta) as NFU Women’s Vice-President.

National Farmers Union 46th Annual Convention - Soil: Our Common Ground

(November 25, 2015) - Members of the National Farmers Union from all across Canada are meeting in London, Ontario, November 26 to 28 for the 46th Annual National Convention. This year, the theme is Soil: Our Common Ground. 

"As world leaders gather in Paris to discuss climate change, we as farmers are gathering to consider our role, and ways we can make a difference to global warming," said Jan Slomp, NFU President. "We see ourselves not as just producers of commodities - we are also stewards of biological processes that require us to do more than just maximize output. Carbon in the soil is money in the bank. We need to set up the next generation for success by adopting practices that work with biological systems to move carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and into the soil."

Union Farmer Newsletter - November 2015

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Contents:

  • Soil: Our Common Ground - 2015 Convention program highlights
  • TPP tips power balance in corporations’ favour
  • Soil health: farming to feed microbes - by Sarah Hargreaves
  • A statistical snapshot of Canada’s agriculture economy
  • Seed saving under the amended Plant Breeders Rights Act
  • NFU Membership Development Campaign Underway - by Aric McBay

 

Submission on the Development of the PEI Water Act

NFU District 1, Region 1 Submission concerning
The Development of the Prince Edward Island Water Act
Presented to the PEI Environmental Advisory Council
November 3, 2015
 
 
The members of the generation which is in power must not treat the earth as something given by their parents, but rather as something borrowed from their children. (National Farmers Union Policy G-6 #1)
 

NFU welcomes appointment of Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, new Ag Minister, with mandate for real change

(November 4, 2015) - The National Farmers Union welcomes the appointment of Hon. Lawrence MacAulay of Prince Edward Island as federal Agriculture Minister. Canadians have given Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the new Liberal government a strong mandate for change. The NFU looks forward to working with Minister MacAulay in restoring and renewing agricultural policy to maintain the family farm as the primary food producing unit in Canada.

“We look forward to working with the new federal government and our new Minister,” said Jan Slomp, NFU President. “We hope that with greater openness and transparency along with meaningful public engagement, Canada’s agricultural policy will move in a direction that is more helpful to farm families than what we have seen over the past decade.”

Slomp went on to mention several priority issues:

Trade deals and Food Sovereignty don’t mix, says NFU

(Oct. 16, 2015) - On October 16, 1945, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was founded in Quebec City. World Food Day commemorates the occasion by celebrating the FAO’s mission to promote international cooperation to combat hunger, rural poverty, disempowerment and public apathy regarding these issues.
 
“World Food Day serves as a reminder of our international commitment to work toward world-wide food security and social justice for food producers,” said Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union (NFU) President. “Canada hosted the first FAO meeting.

TPP sets stage for 10-year phase-out of Canadian dairy, Harper puts taxpayer on the hook to cover cost, says NFU

(October 5, 2015) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) denounces the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would severely damage Canada’s supply managed sectors – dairy, chicken, turkey and eggs – and provide illusory market gains for other agriculture sectors such as beef, pork, grain and oilseeds. Today, all supply managed farmers earn their livelihood from the marketplace, but the TPP will deny them the ability to fully serve Canadian consumers.  The government’s promised compensation to dairy producers for their losses will be borne by the taxpayer.

The other 11 TPP countries would gain tariff-free access to 3.25 per cent of Canada’s current dairy market, 2.3 per cent for eggs, 2.1 per cent for chicken, two per cent for turkey and 1.5 per cent for broiler hatching eggs.

TPP could be last straw for dairy sector, says NFU

(Sept. 30, 2015) - In spite of Trade Minister Fast’s denial of media reports that he has offered ten percent of Canada’s milk supply to the United States during this week’s Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, the National Farmers Union (NFU) remains concerned. During Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations the federal government made public promises to protect our supply management system, while behind closed doors it gave the European Union an additional five percent of our high-end cheese market. Canadian dairy farmers and processors will lose a total of nine percent of our cheese market to Europe if CETA is ratified.
 
"The Harper government is hypocritical -- verbally defending supply management while in reality delivering death by a thousand cuts," said Jan Slomp, NFU President.

Union Farmer Newsletter - September 2015

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Contents:

  • TPP attack on Supply Management: a beggar thy neighbour strategy
  • The Economy without the CWB
  • Agriculture Concerns for Election 2015

National Convention

Date: 
Thu, 11/26/2015 - 08:00 - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 16:30

2015 NFU National Convention will take place 

NOVEMBER 26 - 28, 2015
Hilton London Ontario,
300 King Street
London, Ontario

This year's theme is "Soil: Our Common Ground"

A block of hotel rooms is being held until October 23, 2015. Room rates are $135 plus tax (standard room). Parking is at a reduced rate of $8.00 in the Hilton lot only (subject to availability). To make your hotel reservations: call 1-888-370-0980 and use GROUP CODE: NFI or visit our reservation page.

Convention Pamphlet PDF

For more information see our Convention page.