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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:

Region 3 Convention & NFU-O AGM

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 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

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

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February 4, 2016
The Right Hon.