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NFU endorses Tri-National Declaration on NAFTA renegotiation

The National Farmers Union participated in the Encounter of Social Organizations of Canada, the United States and Mexico, which was held in May 2017, and endorses the following statement:
The participants in the Encounter of Social Organizations of Canada, the United States and Mexico, facing the likely prospect of renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), condemn this model which has seriously affected national development in a manner contrary to the interests of our peoples, the environment, and our democratic system.

OmniTRAX Inaction Cuts Off Churchill Indefinitely

July 13, 2017 - Saskatoon, SK: The Hudson Bay rail line to Churchill has been shut since late May due to flooding that damaged the tracks. The Denver-based OmniTRAX Inc., which owns both the rail line and the port of Churchill, has suspended the train until winter and perhaps until next spring. However, Keewatin Rail Company, the Indigenous-owned northern Manitoba railway, says it can repair the line within 45 days, not including bridge work, for approximately $2 million. This is further supported by photos taken by a couple of American motorcyclists who recently rode the rail line to Churchill. The photos show 14 wash outs, but the line is now dry and “looks fixable”.

NFU delegates head to La Via Campesina’s 7th International Conference

Region 7 (Alberta) Convention 2017

Sat, 07/29/2017 - 09:00 - 16:30
You are invited to attend this year’s NFU Region 7 (Alberta) Annual Convention which will be held on Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at the Waskatenau Community Centre, 5104 – 50th Street, Waskatenau, AB.  It will be followed by a Pig Roast/Potluck Supper at Cory Ollikka’s farm.  Overnight camping is available at Pine Creek Ball Park.
Registration will take place at 9:30 A.M.  
The Convention will commence at 10:00 A.M.

NFU endorses Idle No More’s “UNsettling Canada 150” Call to Action

June 26, 2017 - Saskatoon, SK: The National Farmers Union (NFU) is proud to endorse Idle No More’s “UNsettling Canada 150” Call to Action. As people across Canada are celebrating the 150th anniversary of confederation, the NFU is convinced that this is a crucial time to be addressing both the historical and ongoing dispossession of Indigenous peoples.
“Now is the time for the federal government to take action to dismantle the systemic barriers that are compromising Indigenous peoples’ rights and self-determination,” said Ayla Fenton, NFU Board Member. “Kind words and consultations are not enough.”
The NFU therefore strongly supports Idle No More’s demands, including the full implementation of the calls for action laid out by both the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Demande d’intervention urgente contre la luzerne GM

Farm Groups Call on Ag Minister to Cancel GM Alfalfa Registration


Union Farmer Quarterly: Summer 2017

Message from the Editorial Advisory Committee
Message from the President - Revisiting NAFTA
Message from the Women's President
Message from the NFU Youth
Regional Reports
  • Cultivating a Culture of Curiosity: Farmer-led Research in Ontario - by Sarah Hargreaves, PhD
  • Introductions to Two Regional Representatives: Dixie Green, Christopher Sanford Beck
  • Introduction to the new IPC Coordinator: Carla Fehr
  • Deepening Our Understanding of Policy Issues - Inspiring Conversations in Our Communities
  • Time to get Out from Under - by David Orchard
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Union Farmer Newsletter - June 2017

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  • NAFTA renegotiation provides opening for renewed US attack on Canadian wheat grading framework - by Cathy Holtslander, NFU Director of Research and Policy
  • What do NFU members want to see in Canada’s first National Food Policy?
  • Frequently Asked Questions about the Wheat Class System
  • NFU Submission to CGC Consultation on proposed Eastern Wheat Class
  • NFU Vice President presents on Climate Change at Senate Committee
  • Census of Agriculture 2016
  • What does NAFTA actually say about Supply Management?



Union Farmer Newsletter - May 2017

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  • Cross border connections – farmers working together for better dairy policy - by Cathy Holtslander, NFU Director of Research and Policy
  • Proposed Safe Food for Canadians regulations at odds with food policy mandate - by Cathy Holtslander, NFU Director of Research and Policy
  • Innovation – Product or Knowledge? — by Lydia Carpenter with Wian Prinsloo
  • Consultation on Cash Ticket Deferrals – MAY 24 DEADLINE! (Note - deadline has been extended to July 23, 2017)