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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

Union Farmer Newsletter - April 2015

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Union Farmer Quarterly: Spring 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

International Day of Peasant Struggle commemorated with statement against UPOV ’91

(April 17, 2015)-  The National Farmers Union (NFU) and the Union Paysanne (UP) are marking April 17, 2015, the International Day of Peasant Struggle[*] by joining with other Canadian organizations in denouncing the recent passing of Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act, and calling on the Government of Canada to reverse recent changes to the Plant Breeders Rights Act that put Canada under the UPOV ’91 regime.

Ritz locks farmers out, hands CWB keys to Bunge and Saudi king’s fund

(April 15, 2015) “Today Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced that G3, a joint venture owned by two foreign corporations, Bunge and the Saudi investment company SALIC, is the beneficiary of CWB privatization. With this, the Conservative government has accomplished the biggest transfer of wealth away from farmers in the history of Canada,” said Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union (NFU) President. “The CWB’s physical assets, its commercial relationships, and its good name have all been given away. The “buyers” of the CWB actually get to keep the $250 million pittance they are “paying” for it. Bunge’s 2014 sales totalled $58 billion and multi-billion dollar SALIC is a subsidiary of the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, PIF.”
“Where is the financial report or accountability? This is our money and taxpayer dollars,” said Ian Robson, NFU Board member from Manitoba.

NFU disappointed Supreme Court not hearing CWB class action case

(April 10, 2015, Saskatoon) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is disappointed that the Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear the farmers’ Class Action lawsuit stemming from the Harper Government’s dismantling of the single-desk Canadian Wheat Board (CWB). Had the case proceeded, the Supreme Court would have been able to determine whether common law property rights apply to collective interests in property, namely the assets farmers paid for and added value to as a result of their management and direction of the CWB. The central question of the case was “Did the federal government unlawfully expropriate a proprietary interest of grain producers in the CWB by enacting the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act in 2011?” The class action also claimed that by dismantling the single desk CWB, the government unjustly broke its trust and interfered with farmers’ economic relations.

National Farmers Union joins call for rail costing review and Maximum Revenue Entitlement adjustment

(April 2, 2015 - Saskatoon) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has added its voice to the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers and the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission in calling for a full rail costing review and adjustment of the Maximum Revenue Entitlement according to the results of the report, Estimated Contributions Earned by Railways from Handling of Statutory Grains and Grain Products 2013/14, by John Edsforth of Travacon Research Limited.
“The last full rail costing review was done in 1992. The Maximum Revenue Entitlement, also called the Revenue Cap, is based on an estimate done in 2000-01. Back then there were 685 grain delivery points with 976 country elevators in Western Canada. Now there are only 272 grain delivery points and 342 country elevators,” said Jan Slomp, NFU President.

NFU supports call for rail costing review and Maximum Revenue Entitlement adjustment

April 1, 2015
To:           Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan
                Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission
                Saskatchewan Pulse Growers
                Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission
Re:  Rail costing review and Maximum Revenue Entitlement adjustment
The National Farmers Union would like to endorse the report, Estimated Contributions Earned by Railways from Handling of Statutory Grains and Grain Products 2013/14, by John Edsforth of Travacon Research Limited, commissioned by your organizations.

La ferme familiale : une espèce en danger – une présentation de l’UNF-NB à Woodstock


La ferme familiale : une espèce en danger – une présentation de l’UNF-NB à Woodstock

L’UNF-NB vous invite à nous joindre pour une présentation et une discussion avec l’ancienne présidente des femmes de l’Union nationale des fermiers, Joan Brady, qui parlera sur le thème La ferme familiale : une espèce en danger.

La réunion se tiendra au Knights Inn Woodstock (anciennement Atlantic Inn) au 276, rue Lockhart Mill, Jacksonville, N.-B., à 19h le lundi, 6 avril.

The Family Farm: a Species at Risk – NFU-NB Presentation in Woodstock

The NFU-NB is inviting all farmers to join them for a presentation and discussion with former National Farmers Union Women’s President, Joan Brady who will speak on The Family Farm: a Species at Risk.
The meeting will be held at the Knights Inn Woodstock (formerly Atlantic Inn) at 276 Lockhart Mill Road, Jacksonville NB at 7 pm on Monday, April 6. 
Joan Brady is a family farmer, business person and community volunteer. She has worked in her community in various capacities which center around food production, distribution, accessibility and use. Over the past 30 years she has developed a base of expertise in the agriculture and food industry and has a consulting business: “Sustainable Futures: Farm and Food Consulting”.