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The Paul Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing

Working with the family of Paul Beingessner, the National Farmers Union has established an annual literary prize in honour of Paul and his contribution to rural and agricultural journalism. Paul Beingessner was a farmer, an activist, and a writer who defended Canada’s family farms until his tragic death in a farm accident in the spring of 2009. His widely-read and respected weekly columns brought a fresh and progressive perspective to rural and farm issues.

Union Farmer Newsletter - January 2012

 

Is Supply Management being groomed for sacrifice on the altar of trade?

Grazing Days Farm: Local Grass-Fed Beef in Ottawa

Our journey—food, health, culture and community

NFU Appalled CAT Workers Threatened With More Than 50% Pay Cut

Saskatoon, Sask. - The National Farmers Union is offering its full support to Caterpillar workers at the Electro-Motive Plant in London Ontario.

"We are shocked that one of the most profitable corporations in the world, making $1 billion in profits in a single quarter alone, is threatening its workers with a 50% pay cut, as well as cuts to other benefits," said NFU president Terry Boehm. "This is devastating to workers and their families. How are they to cope with a loss of income this severe?" he asked.

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Union Farmer Quarterly: Winter 2012

Contents:

  • Convention 2011 Highlights:
  • Food Safety Panel,
  • Land Grabbing in Canada,
  • Indigenous Perspective on Land Issues,
  • Canadian Wheat Board,
  • “Dirt: the Erosion of Civilizations.”  Presentation by Dr.
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NFU SUBMITS RECOMMENDATIONS TO ONTARIO FIT REVIEW

Guelph, ON – The National Farmers Union (NFU) has submitted several recommendations to the Ontario Ministry of Energy's Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program Two-Year Review. These include requests for a stronger focus on energy conservation and equal rates for ground-mount and roof-top microFIT units.

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L’Union nationale des fermiers au Nouveau-Brunswick a une nouvelle Directrice générale

L’Union nationale des fermiers au Nouveau-Brunswick est heureuse d’annoncer la nomination de Melanie Jellet en tant que Directrice générale, avec entrée en fonction le 1er décembre.

National Farmers Union in New Brunswick Has New Executive Director

The National Farmers Union in New Brunswick is pleased to announce the appointment of Melanie Jellett as Executive Director, effective December 1.

NFU CALLS FOR AGRICULTURE MINISTER RITZ’S RESIGNATION

Saskatoon, Sask. - The NFU is calling for the resignation of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, after a Federal Court judge ruled that he broke the law when he introduced Bill C- 18 into Parliament without holding a farmer plebiscite.

“Minister Ritz has disregarded the majority opinion of Western Canadian farmers. He has broken the law. We expect more of a Minister of the Crown. It is time for Gerry Ritz to resign,” stated NFU President Terry Boehm.

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AG MINISTER GERRY RITZ “WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR HIS DISREGARD OF RULE OF LAW,” SAYS FEDERAL COURT

Saskatoon, Sask. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) says that today’s ruling by a Federal Court judge in Winnipeg, is vindication of what it and other farm groups have been saying all along. The judge ruled that Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is breaking the law by trying to remove the Canadian Wheat Board’s (CWB) single desk, through the introduction of Bill C-18 into Parliament, without holding a plebiscite for farmers.

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BOEHM RE-ELECTED BY ACCLAMATION AT 42nd ANNUAL NFU NATIONAL CONVENTION

Saskatoon, Sask. - Terry Boehm of Allan, Saskatchewan was re-elected President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) by acclamation, at its 42nd annual national convention in London, Ontario last week.

Colleen Ross of Iroquois, Ontario was acclaimed as NFU 1st Vice-President (Policy).

Don Mills of Granton, Ontario was acclaimed as NFU 2nd Vice-President (Operations).

Joan Brady of Dashwood, Ontario was acclaimed as NFU Women’s President.

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