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Letter to Ontario Ag Minister - Hay and Pasture Insurance, AgriRecovery and Hay East

Dear Minister McMeekin:

The National Farmers Union-Ontario (NFU-O) is a direct-membership, non-partisan national
farm organization which represents over two thousand farmers in Ontario. The NFU-O works
toward the development of economic and social policies that will maintain family farms as the
primary food-producers in Ontario and across Canada.

First, on behalf of NFU-O members we would like to acknowledge the following support from
your government:

NFU asks CWB: What were you thinking? CWB’s new marketing campaign offends farmers

Saskatoon, SK:  “What an image of a long-legged woman straddling a fence has to do with selling grain is beyond me,” says Joan Brady, NFU Women’s President. “The ad is offensive, and likely to cause farmers to market their grain elsewhere.”

NFU Vows to Continue Quest for Accountability on CWB

The NFU is extremely disappointed with the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada not to hear the appeal as to whether the government had acted improperly by abolishing the CWB single desk without holding a farmer plebiscite.

National Farmers Union in Solidarity with Idle No More

Saskatoon: “The NFU is proud to declare its solidarity with Idle No More, which is bringing people together from across Canada to stop the Harper government from riding roughshod over our collective rights,” says Glenn Tait, NFU National Board member.  “We want a better Canada.”

NFU-O and NFU Joint Response to Tribunal Decision

NFU National Office
2717 Wentz Avenue
Saskatoon, SK  S7K 4B6
Tel:         (306) 652-9465
Fax:        (306) 664-6226
National Farmers Union - Ontario
In Union is Strength

NFU says Closure of Producer Car Sites and CGC Service Centres are Part of Dismantlement of Farmer-Friendly Institutions

(January 3, 2013) Farmers are greeted with two more negative occurrences in an already fragmented and increasingly hostile grain handling and rail system.

“The Canadian Grain Commission has closed its Winnipeg Service Centre, no doubt because of the elimination of federal funding for the CGC,” stated Ed Sagan, NFU Region 6 (Saskatchewan) Coordinator. “The Centre provided a testing lab to serve farmers. Now, with expert employees laid off and all the grain samples are being diverted to Weyburn, backlogs and delays are sure to happen. And Gerry Ritz likes to say his government is farmer-friendly. What a joke!” he declared.

Ian Robson, NFU Region 5 (Manitoba) Coordinator commented, “In addition to the CGC closure, now we have the CP Railway closing down two producer car loading sites in Manitoba, which will make it more expensive for us to ship our grain.”

Union Farmer Quarterly: Winter 2012 - 2013

Presidents' Reports

National Farmers Foundation Report to Donors

The Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing

Transportation Level of Service Legislation More Government Hype than Farmer Help

Convention Highlights 2012:

Attached Files: 

NFU says Farmers Actually Pay for Infrastructure

Cargill’s announcement of an expansion of railcar spots in Kindersley, SK is being characterized as an investment for farmers. “In reality, it is an investment by farmers,” says Terry Boehm, President of the National Farmers Union.

“Farmers pay for these expansions through what are called Industrial Development Funds. These funds essentially are surcharges that allow the railways to raise the revenue cap and thus, freight rates, to cover the costs of this infrastructure,” he continued.

Proposed Railway Service Legislation a Small Step with Potential Pitfalls, says NFU

Saskatoon, SK—“Today’s announcement of impending legislation to mandate service agreements between railways and shippers indicates that the federal government finally recognizes the need for regulation of the rail sector,” says Terry Boehm, National Farmers Union President.

NFU-O works hard for Ontario farmers - Why is Tribunal getting in the way?

Guelph, ON — On Wednesday, December 5, the NFU-O received a fourth interim order requesting several hundreds of pages of documentation on its activities over the past three years.