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NFU IMPRESSED BY FARMER TURNOUT AT CWB MEETING

Saskatoon, Sask. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) is very impressed by the standing room only crowd that attended the public meeting held by the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) in Regina last night. “There was clearly a feeling among farmers that we can do something about what the federal government is trying to do to the CWB. We farmers know that the CWB is ours, and we aren’t going to just sit by idly while the government attempts to dismantle it,” stated NFU Region 6 (Saskatchewan) Coordinator Ed Sagan.

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What YOU can do to save the CWB!

 

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Producer Cars and Short Lines

This column was written by the late Paul Beingessner in 2008. The relationship between the CWB’s single desk authority and the survival of producer car option and the short line railways are not necessarily well understood by everyone. Now that farmers are in a position to vote on the single desk for wheat and barley in the CWB’s plebiscite, it is a good time to review Paul’s insightful article.

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When the Canadian Wheat Board went down Down Under

By Cathy Holtslander
Director of Research and Policy, National Farmers Union

By now prairie wheat and barley producers should have their ballots for the Canadian Wheat Board plebiscite which asks whether they want to keep the single desk marketing system for their crops. It is a good time to hear about how Australia’s wheat board single desk ended, and how that has worked out for farmers and grain companies.

Built by generations of farmers, the Canadian Wheat Board must not be lost to right-wing ideology

Op Ed by Terry Boehm

The Canadian Wheat Board at its most basic level is Western Canadian wheat and barley farmers’ marketing agency. Farmers pay for its operations and direct it through a majority of farmer elected directors (ten are elected and five are appointed by the government). There is no cost to the government. All it requires to function for farmers’ and Canadians’ advantage is legislation that grants the authority to market wheat and barley through a single desk.

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NFU disappointed in position taken by Sask, Alberta and BC Agriculture Ministers regarding CWB

Saskatoon, Sask. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) is expressing its extreme disappointment in the announcement made by the agriculture ministers of Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia last Friday, indicating that they supported the federal government’s intention to eliminate the Canadian Wheat Board’s (CWB) single desk. “The position taken by these three provincial governments is very troubling on a number of counts.

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NFU calls on Minister Ritz to quit hiding behind closed doors

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The livestock crisis

Toward a New Analysis and New Solutions

CONTAMINATED MEAT RECALL FOCUSES ATTENTION ON BROKEN BEEF SECTOR

Punishing. This is what cattle farmers are saying about how the E. coli O157 contamination of beef at XL Foods is affecting them. They are losing sales and receiving lower prices for their livestock as a result of CFIA’s closure of the XL plant. Farmers say that the livestock leaving their farms are safe. Food safety issues only enter the system downstream of the farmer.

About the National Farmers Union

The following are common questions about the Canadian Wheat Board along with brief answers. For more detailed information from the CWB or the National Farmers Union see the websites at www.nfu.ca or www.cwb.ca, phone your CWB Director or call the NFU at (306) 652-9465.

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NFU DISAPPOINTED IN POSITION TAKEN BY SASK, ALBERTA, AND BC AGRICULTURE MINISTERS REGARDING CWB

Saskatoon, Sask. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) is expressing its extreme disappointment in the announcement made by the agriculture ministers of Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia last Friday, indicating that they supported the federal government’s intention to eliminate the Canadian Wheat Board’s (CWB) single desk. “The position taken by these three provincial governments is very troubling on a number of counts.

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