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Union Farmer Newsletter - November 2015

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

National Convention

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.

Union Farmer Quarterly: Fall 2015

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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
Regional Reports


NFU calls for Moratorium on Site C Dam

(Sept. 16, 2015) - The proposed Site C Dam on the Peace River in British Columbia would destroy lands that have provided food and cultural sustenance for First Nations for thousands of years. It would flood over 30,000 acres of fertile land in the Peace River valley, including over 7,000 acres of Class 1 and Class 2 land that is capable of producing an abundance of diverse fruits, vegetables and all kinds of other foods. Its long summer daylight hours combined with rich alluvial soils and the sheltered valley areas provide unique micro-climates and excellent growing conditions.
The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is calling for a two-year moratorium on development of the Site C Dam. The Chiefs demand that the proposed project be referred to the BC Utilities Commission for a proper independent review, where testimony is done under oath and evidence can be cross-examined.