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Desire for grain price control drives G3 port plans

By Jan Slomp
G3 has announced it may build a new grain terminal at the West Lynn terminal on the North Shore of Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet. G3 is the joint venture of US-based multi-national grain company, Bunge Ltd., and the Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Co. (SALIC), owned by the Saudi government. It was given the assets of the now-privatized CWB in early April in return for a promise to invest $250 million in the company. While some are cheering the news of another port facility, in fact, it is more evidence that ending the farmer-directed single-desk Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) has made our grain system less efficient and has allowed grain companies to become more powerful and profitable.
The single-desk CWB co-ordinated transportation from country elevator to port vessel so that the existing port facilities were well-utilized and grain moved on time, even ahead of schedule.

Manitoba National Farmers Union Convention set for July 11, 2015

(June 17, 2015) PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE – National Farmers Union (NFU) Region 5 (Manitoba) will host a discussion with farmers who direct market and producers involved in Supply Management at their 2015 Convention on July 11 in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. The theme of this year's convention is "Connecting our Farms". 

"We're inviting a variety of stakeholders to put their heads together and come up with solutions to move agriculture forward," said Ian Robson, Manitoba NFU Coordinator. "Supply Management has kept families on the farm for over four decades. At the same time there has been positive growth in the local food movement, which has created more interest and opportunities for direct to market farms. Discussing how these farm types fit together in the bigger picture of the farm movement is vital at this time.

Region 6 (Saskatchewan) Annual Convention

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 17:15 - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 16:30

You are invited to attend the Region 6 Annual Convention which will be held

Wednesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 9, 2015 at St. Michael’s Retreat, Lumsden, Saskatchewan.

The Convention commences with registration on Wednesday, July 8 at 4:00 P.M. followed by supper, guest speakers Darrin Qualman, Nettie Wiebe, Andre Magnan and Annette Desmarais and a social gathering.

Thursday, July 9 begins with breakfast at 8:00 AM.  The Call to Order will be at 9:00 A.M.  Adjournment will be at 4:30 P.M.

Everyone is welcome -- non-members may participate in the meeting, but do not vote, so bring a friend!

This year’s agenda will focus on matters of importance to Saskatchewan Farmers:

UNF Présentation au Comité sénatorial sur les priorités d’accès au marché international

Présentation de l’Union nationale des fermiers au Comité sénatorial de l’agriculture et des forêts
Étude sur les priorités d’accès au marché international concernant le secteur agricole et agroalimentaire canadien
Présentation du 2 juin 2015
Lire la transcription officielle de la réunion du Comité du Sénat avec témoin de Terry Boehm
L’Union nationale des fermiers (UNF) est une organisation nationale bénévole, non partisane et avec adhésion directe,

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
Read the official transcript of the Senate Committee meeting with NFU witness Terry Boehm, Chair NFU Seed and Trade Committee
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 prod

NFU Region 5 (Manitoba) Convention

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 10:00 - 17:00

Everyone is welcome to attend the Region 5 (Manitoba) Annual Convention on Saturday, July 11th 2015 at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, 275 Duke Avenue, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba

This year's theme is "Connecting Our Farms".

Registration opens at 9:30 A.M. and the Convention will commence at 10:00 A.M. and adjourn at 5:00 P.M.  The registration fee is:  $25 for non-members & $15 for members and youth under 26.  It includes a soup and sandwich noon lunch. 

There will be a Potluck Barbecue after the convention.  Please bring barbecue meat, veggies, entrée, refreshments, cutlery and lawn chairs. The Legion lounge is available for socializing following our supper.

Please RSVP to mb@nfu.caor call Ian Robson at (204) 858-2479by July 1, 2015 so we know how much food to prepare for the noon lunch.

Protecting our Pollinators Protects our Farms, says NFU-O

(June 9, 2015, Guelph, ON) – The National Farmers Union in Ontario (NFU-O) welcomes today’s announcement by Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Honourable Glen Murray, that Ontario will introduce new regulations to reduce the overuse of neonicotinoid insecticides in agricultural practices in this province, effective July 1, 2015.
“Bees and other insects are being exposed to neonicotinoids, not just during the planting of treated seeds, but for the whole growing season, because the insecticide is taken up by the plant and is found in pollen, nectar and guttation droplets, as well as in soils and water bodies,” notes Nathan Carey, farmer and NFU-O member.

G7 food initiative driving hunger in African countries, say global civil society groups

Politicians and executives from some of the world’s biggest agribusiness companies met in Cape Town, South Africa for the leadership council of the controversial New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition on June 3, 2015.

NFU Region 7 (Alberta) Convention

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 09:30 - 16:00

You are invited to attend this year’s Region 7 (Alberta) Annual Convention which will be held on Saturday, July 4th, 2015 at the Castor Legion Hall at 48th Street and 50th Avenue (right across Castor Home Hardware) in Castor, AlbertaIt will be followed by a Potluck Supper and Young Agrarians Mixer at Redtail Farms (Kathleen Charpentier’s farm), two miles south of Castor.  There is space for people to camp overnight at the farm.

Registration will take place at 9:30 A.M.  The Convention will commence at 10:00 A.M. and adjourn at 4:00 P.M.  The registration fee is $20 per individual member or $30 per family.  Lunch will be provided.

This year’s agenda will focus on “2015 International Year of Soil” and discussions on the new political landscape in Alberta and will include:

▪  Jan Slomp, NFU President (confirmed)

National Farmers Union welcomes Senate report on Bee Health

(June 5, 2015) = The National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased to see the report, The Importance of Bee Health to Sustainable Food Production in Canada, which reflects serious attention by the Senate Agriculture and Forestry Committee in its study of the health of bees, including the effect of neonicotinoid insecticides on honeybees and other pollinators. The Senate Committee sought input from a variety of different perspectives, including the NFU, which appeared as witness before the Committee on May 1, 2014. The NFU submission is available at