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Federal Budget Cuts Stalls Economic Engine

Federal Budget Stalls Economic Engine: cutting Co-operative Development Initiative and starving Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat will undermine rural economy, says NFU


Tue, 05/01/2012 - 17:15 - Tue, 06/12/2012 - 17:15


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National Farmers Union Marks the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle, April 17, 2012

National Farmers Union Marks the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle, April 17, 2012

(Saskatoon) - The National Farmers Union, as a member of La Via Campesina, joins with our sister organizations around the world to mark April 17, the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle.

Cutting Shelterbelt Program Bad for Farmers, Land, Biodiversity and Climate – NFU

(Saskatoon): With a wild swing of its budgetary axe, the federal government is about to hack down the 111 year-old Prairie Shelterbelt Program. This short-sighted destructive move will have negative consequences for prairie farmers, their crops and livestock, soils, wildlife and the climate.


Wed, 04/11/2012 - 18:00


Union Farmer Quarterly: Spring 2012

Union Farmer Quarterly: Spring 2012

Union Farmer Quarterly: Spring 2012

  • Presidential and Regional Reports
  • CETA getting tougher on Citizens with each SECRET Draft
  • Interest in local food leads to new on-farm dairies
  • Safe Food – from the viewpoint of farmers
  • United Nations Annual Session in Rome – Update on the Committee on World Food Security
  • Co-operating to Build Food Sovereignty
  • Grains, Trains and Democracy - The Canadian Wheat Board in 2012
  • The Paul Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing – 2012 entry information
  • Keep Our Canadian Wheat Board DVD Order Form
  • 42nd National Convention Audio Recording Order Form


Proposed wheat commissions a poor substitute for CWB as advocate for wheat and wheat farmers, says NFU

(Saskatoon)- A chasm in the wheat sector in western Canada was opened when Bill C-18 was passed in defiance of the rule of law and against the wishes of a majority of wheat farmers. It ended the democratic farmer control of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) and its single-desk authority. Now, there are various interests seeking to start wheat commissions which would be funded by check-offs (a per bushel levy on all wheat sold) collected from farmers.

Federal Budget Not in Public Interest

(Saskatoon) -- The National Farmers Union is disappointed but not surprised at the recent federal budget. “The effect of this budget will be a major transfer of wealth and power from Canadian citizens to private corporations – many not even based in Canada,” said Terry Boehm, NFU President.

Six key points in the 2012 federal budget that particularly affect farmers: