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Back to the Future: Food Security and Farm Prosperity Using the Rear View Mirror

Add your voice to a lively discussion of the challenges of “local food” at the annual meeting of the National Farmers Union in New Brunswick this coming Saturday, April 2, at the Club d’Age d’Or at 3384 Route 132 in Scoudouc.

All farmers and anyone with an interest in food security and the future of the “buy local” movement is invited to join the fun.

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ED SAGAN IS NEW REGION 6 COORDINATOR IN SASKATCHEWAN

Saskatoon, Sask. - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased to announce that Ed Sagan is the new Regional Coordinator for NFU Region 6 (Saskatchewan). Sagan operates a grain farm and also runs a small seed plant in the Melville area and has been an NFU member for over 20 years.

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GROWING FORWARD II CONSULTATIONS LACK ATTENTION TO DOMESTIC MARKETS

Guelph, Ont. – The current round of Growing Forward II consultations are far too focussed on the development of export markets and almost completely ignore Canada’s domestic market, says the National Farmers Union (NFU). “There is almost no opportunity to discuss domestic food markets in these consultations. Domestic markets are crucial to the livelihood of farmers and our food security here in Canada,” stated NFU Board member and St. Marys area farmer, Ann Slater.

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NFU CONVENTION EXPLORES “WHO HAS THE POWER IN AGRICULTURE?”

Guelph, Ontario – The National Farmers Union (NFU) Region 3 Spring Convention and Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday March 5th at the Canadian Italian Club in Guelph, Ontario. Built around the theme of 'Who Has the Power?”, the convention speakers addressed both situations in which farmers and citizens are losing power, and situations when farmers can use their influence to protect natural power and family farms.

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FARMERS FROM ACROSS CANADA SUPPORT MOTION FOR A MORATORIUM ON GM ALFALFA

Genetically modified alfalfa will destroy Canada’s crop and livestock markets very soon unless our politicians show leadership and wisdom by supporting the MOTION calling for a moratorium on the approval of GM alfalfa, SAID THE NATIONAL FARMERS UNION (NFU) . The MOTION was presented by Liberal members of the House of Commons Agriculture Committee on March 3. The COMMITTEE WILL vote for or against the moratorium on Thursday March 10th.

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YOUNG FARMERS FROM ACROSS COUNTRY TO MEET ON VANCOUVER ISLAND

Saskatoon, Sask. - The National Farmers Union (NFU) Youth will meet in Saanich, B.C. from March 10-12, 2011 for the Fourth Annual NFU Youth Leadership Workshop. The meeting will include debate on the current issues and policy of the NFU Youth, local farm tours, and dialogue with a number of local organizations and young farmers.

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TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING? BEEF PACKERS RECEIVE MORE SUBSIDIES

Saskatoon, SK – Alberta beef packers are receiving yet another round of subsidies from the Alberta and federal governments. On February 11th an announcement was made that XL Foods (a Nilsson Bros. company) will receive $1.6 million in Growing Forward/ALMA funding over the next two years to increase the value-added production capacity of their Lakeside plant located in Brooks. That follows closely on the heels of the $3 million awarded to Cargill Meat Solutions to “improve operational efficiencies” at its High River Plant.

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FARMERS DECIDE OPERATIONS OF CWB, NOT CONSERVATIVE MPS

Saskatoon, SK – The National Farmers Union (NFU) is expressing its extreme displeasure that the Conservative government is once again attempting to meddle in the operations of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB). Last week, Conservative Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz criticized the CWB for the purchase of two laker ships for moving grain across the Great Lakes. Also, Conservative MP Bruce Stanton introduced a private member’s bill aimed at allowing farmers to opt out of the CWB.

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FARM BUSINESSES HURT BY FAILURE TO PASS BILL C-474

Saskatoon, SK – The National Farmers Union (NFU) is expressing its disappointment that Bill C-474 was voted down in the House of Commons yesterday evening. “This bill is a clear loss for Canadian farmers, and a clear win for corporations like Monsanto and Syngenta whose only concern is their own profitability,” stated NFU Vice President Colleen Ross. Bill C-474 was designed to protect Canadian farmers by requiring that an examination of potential harm to export markets be conducted before the sale of any new genetically engineered seed were permitted.

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NFU Urges All MPs to Vote In Favour of Bill C-474 Tomorrow

Saskatoon, SK – The NFU is urging all MPs to vote in favour of Bill C-474 in the House of Commons in Ottawa tomorrow. Bill C-474 would require that an examination of potential harm to export markets be undertaken before the sale of any new genetically modified seed is allowed.

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