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NFU brief to Senate study on international market access priorities

NFU brief to Senate Agriculture and Forestry Committee
Study on international market access priorities for the Canadian agricultural and agri-food sector
Presented June 2, 2015
The National Farmers Union (NFU) is a voluntary direct-membership, non-partisan national farm organization made up of thousands of farm families from across Canada who produce a wide variety of commodities, including grains, livestock, fruits and vegetables. The NFU was founded in 1969, with roots going back more than a century.

Support needed for new young farmers

(Wednesday, May 27, 2015) -   The average age of farmers in NB according to the 2011 Census of Agriculture is 55.5 years.  The total number of farms in NB dropped nearly 6% between 2006 and 2011.  In a province where nearly all of the food consumed in the province is imported, supporting the next generation of farmers is essential for food security and the economic stability of our province, according to the National Farmers Union in NB.  

Il faut appuyer nos nouveaux jeunes fermiers

(le 27 mai, 2015) -  L'âge moyen des fermiers au Nouveau-Brunswick, selon le recensement de l'agriculture en 2011, est de 55,5 ans. Le nombre total de fermes dans la province a chuté de près de 6 % entre 2006 et 2011. Dans une province où presque toute la nourriture consommée est importée, il est essentiel d'appuyer la prochaine génération de fermiers pour assurer la sécurité alimentaire et la stabilité économique de notre province, selon l’Union nationale des fermiers au N.-B.

NFU Region 7 congratulates Premier-Elect Rachel Notley

May 5, 2015
Rachel Notley,
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
10800 - 97 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6           
Dear Ms Notley,
On behalf of the National Farmers Union, Region 7 (Alberta), I would like to congratulate you on your election victory.

Bill C-48, An Act to amend the Canada Grain Act - Key Points

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Prepared by the National Farmers Union, March 2015

The National Farmers Union urges MPs to vote against Bill C-48 because it:

  • stops the Canadian Grain Commission from carrying out its work in the interests of grain farmers
  • allows government to end bond security system that now pays farmers if a licensed grain company defaults
  • creates room for political interference with Standards Committee appointments, a critical component of grain grading system
  • requires imported grain to be given best possible Canadian grade
  • provides government with increased powers that can be used to enfor

Submission to CGC on Licensing of Feed Mills

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"The Canadian Grain Commission is seeking input from feedmills, grain producers, current licensees, and other industry stakeholders on a proposal to license feed mills and to assist in the development of licensing requirements for feed mills.

No to CETA, TTIP says La Via Campesina

On both side of the Atlantic, peasants, farmers, farm and rural workers refuse free trade policies.

We maintain that CETA, the TTIP, TPP and related agreements are unnecessary for trade between countries, and that these agreements will limit the ability of elected governments to make laws, regulations, policies and programs in the interest of the public, farmers and our environment. While the trade-related aspects of these agreements will not benefit farmers, they will weaken important safeguards and institutions that each country’s citizens have created and which reflect important social values.

NFU Submission to CGC Consultation on Canadian Wheat Class Modernization

The National Farmers Union (NFU) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) proposed changes to Canadian wheat classes as presented in  Canadian wheat class modernization Consultation document,  February 20, 2015 .

Est-ce que le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick va tenir sa promesse d'établir une stratégie sur l'alimentation locale?

( lundi, le 27 avril, 2015) - L'Union nationale des fermiers au Nouveau-Brunswick demande au gouvernement Gallant de respecter sa promesse électorale de « Mettre en oeuvre une stratégie sur les aliments et les breuvages locaux afin d'aider les producteurs et les éleveurs locaux à développer leurs produits et les amener au marché[…] » en adoptant le projet de loi 11, Loi sur la sécurité alimentaire locale, lors de sa deuxième lecture ce jeudi, le 30 avril.
Pour les fermiers, une législation qui protège et fait la promotion de l'industrie est essentielle pour la croissance de celle-ci. Au Nouveau-Brunswick, l'emploi en milieu rural est essentiel à la survie de notre province.

Will the NB Government uphold campaign promise for local food strategy?

(April 27, 2015) The National Farmers Union in New Brunswick is calling on the Gallant government to uphold their campaign promise for “Developing a local food and beverages strategy to assist local growers and producers in developing their products and getting them to market […]" by passing Bill 11, Local Food Security Act at second reading on Thursday, April 30.
For farmers, legislation promoting and protecting the industry is essential for its growth.  For New Brunswick, rural employment is essential to the survival of our province.  For all New Brunswickers, having reliable access to healthy foods grown with some of the highest food safety standards in the world is key to our health and well-being. 
Moving New Brunswick forward requires more than cutting a budget.  Promoting our local food economy will create employment, will allow small businesses to start, expand and thr