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SURVEY on Grading, Pricing and Delivery Problems at Elevators

What’s going on in the grain trade these days? The National Farmers Union's Trains and Grain Committee would like to hear from you to learn more about farmers’ experiences with the grain companies, especially in the context of changes to the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) and the dismantling of the Canadian Wheat Board in the last few years. We know that incidents often go unreported. The NFU wants to hear from you so we can promote solutions to the problems farmers are having. By sharing your experience, you will help us advocate for farmers.  

SARM delegates miss target

by Jan Slomp
The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) has called on the federal government to expand the legal justification for self-defense. In early March 2017, 93 percent of its annual convention delegates voted in favour of a resolution indicating they believe rural residents do not have adequate rights to protect themselves or their property. 
It is extremely frustrating when we have to get used to constantly taking keys out of our vehicles, locking doors and fuel tanks and being ever-mindful of possible theft. What SARM is asking for, however, does not represent much wisdom.

Saskatchewan budget makes life harder, more expensive, more isolated for rural people, says NFU

(Saskatoon, March 24, 2017) - “The government of Saskatchewan’s 2017 budget will make life more difficult for farmers and other rural residents while giving corporations and the extractive industries unnecessary tax breaks,” said Cam Goff, Hanley-area farmer and National Farmers Union 2nd Vice President. “With just over a million people in a province that is endowed with incredible wealth, there is no good reason to cut valuable public services and sell off crown corporations and crown lands to balance the books.”
The National Farmers Union has many concerns with the budget.

Union Farmer Quarterly: Spring 2017

Message from the Editorial Advisory Committee
Message from the President - Challenges in a Post-Truth Era
Message from the Women's President
Message from the NFU Youth
Regional Reports
  • North American Region Meeting of La Via Campesina—February 8th to 11, 2017, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Opposing Paradigms— the need to land squarely on the ecological side
  • Rethinking Our Relationship to the Land
  • New Board member profiles: Rachelle Ternier, Seann Dory, Cam Goff
  • The Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing - 2016 Winning Entries
    • Dear Canada

Union Farmer Newsletter - March 2017

  • The Case for a Carbon Tax —an (intentionally provocative) editorial by Darrin Qualman
  • Neonicotinoids under review: PMRA proposes phase‐out of imidacloprid and launches review of clothianidin or thiamethoxam
  • The Public Trust PR Campaign: Agribusiness efforts to avoid public regulation —by Cathy Holtslander, NFU Director of Research and Policy
  • Grain farmers—we want to hear from you!
  • Do Farmers Really Believe a Market Exists For Grain Sales? —by Kyle Korneychuk








NFU finds SARM resolution deeply concerning, will not solve rural problems

(March 17 2017) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is deeply concerned by the news that 93% of Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) annual convention delegates voted in favour of a resolution calling on the federal government to “expand the rights and justification for an individual to defend or protect himself, herself, and persons under their care and their property.” This resolution, put forward under the shadow of last summer’s tragic shooting of Colten Boushie by a Biggar-area farmer, reveals the dangerous undercurrent of fear and aggression in rural Saskatchewan. This is not the way to address problems faced in rural areas.
“We, the NFU, affirm the value of people over property. We do not support the ongoing colonial violence that continues to damage the social fabric of Saskatchewan,” said Rachelle Ternier, NFU Region 6 (Saskatchewan) Coordinator.

TPP - Open Letter to Trade Ministers Meeting in Chile, 14-15 March 2017

(March 15, 2017) - The National Farmers Union has joined over 200 organizations from Pacific Rim countries who are calling upon Trade Ministers meeting in Chile this week to abandon the TPP model and instead join with citizens in a more open and democratic process to develop alternative approaches to international trading relationships that genuinely serve the interests of our peoples, our nations and the planet. Read the open letter and list of signatories below. 
Open Letter to Trade Ministers Meeting in Chile, 14-15 March 2017
It is clear that the withdrawal of the United States means that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement as previously negotiated is dead.

Manitoba Regional Convention Thursday March 30, 2017

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 09:00 - 18:00
We invite you to attend the Region 5 Annual Convention which will be held Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Canad Inns, 2401 Saskatchewan Ave, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba with the theme:  Why Your Choice of Farm Voice Matters.  The official Convention will commence at 10:00 A.M.  The registration fee is:  $35 for non-members & $25 for members. Youth under 26 can attend for free.  Lunch buffet at Aaltos is included. A block of rooms has been reserved for March 29th and 30th for $105 if you wish to stay over.  

Please RSVP to


Registration     9:30 am
Start Time     10:00 am
Lunch    12:30am (Included)
Afternoon Session     1:30am
Meeting Adjournment    5:30pm

NFU Launches Survey on Grading, Pricing and Delivery Problems at Elevators

The National Farmers Union is launching an online and mail out survey to ask farmers how they are being treated when they deliver grain to an inland elevator.  “As a grassroots farm organization, the NFU is starting to hear repeated stories of grain farmers being dissatisfied with their treatment by elevator companies” said Jan Slomp, NFU president.  “We are hearing stories that farmers are being baited to deliver their grain with good grades and then switched to lower grades when they get there” observed Slomp “so we have launched this survey to determine the extent of the problem.”

NFU Renews Call for #NoDAPL in Solidarity with Standing Rock

March 09, 2017, Saskatoon
In December 2016 a significant victory was achieved in North Dakota when pressure from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with other Indigenous and non-Indigenous supporters, managed to convince the Obama administration,through months of struggle,to deny a final permit to complete the Dakota Access Pipe Line (DAPL).  Completion of the pipeline would have required drilling underneath the Missouri River, thus damaging sacred sites, threatening water sources, and violating the treaty rights and sovereignty of the Standing Rock Sioux.