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Op Ed: CBC news story a slap in the face of hard working Canadian dairy farmers

By Jan Slomp
 
On Thursday’s CBC Vancouver noon news program, the business reporter made the odd announcement that dairy farmers in Canada are the second most uncompetitive in the world. This came immediately after reporting that a deal on CETA had been reached after the Belgian region of Wallonia resisted signing it due to their opposition to CETA’s anti-democratic Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clauses that allow corporations to sue governments if they believe new regulations will impinge on their expectations of profits.
 
CETA is opposed by many Canadian dairy farmers, as well as other farmers and consumers in solidarity.

Op Ed: Equity or Equitable? – MPAC Assessments Highlight Farmland Challenges

by Emery Huszka, NFU-O President

Recently, farm families across Ontario have received MPAC notices reflecting dramatic changes in values. In some cases, assessment estimates are doubled from 2012. MPAC has captured what the National Farmers Union-Ontario (NFU-O) has been warning of for years. (See the NFU report Losing Our Grip: 2015 Update). Investors and heavily financed, large-scale farm operations have created an environment of unsustainable land prices.

NFU commends Wallonia for standing firm in opposition to CETA

(Saskatoon – October 21, 2016) -  Today Canada’s Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland conceded defeat in her efforts to convince the Belgian province of Wallonia drop its opposition to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Without Wallonian support Belgium cannot sign the deal. CETA cannot be ratified unless all 28 European Union (EU) member states agree. While EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström expressed hope that the deal could be salvaged, it is clear that the scheduled October 27 ratification will not take place.

NFU-NB welcomes Local Food and Beverage Strategy

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(October 19, 2016 – Fredericton) – The National Farmers Union in NB welcomes the Local Food and Beverages Strategy announced today by Minister Rick Doucet.  The NFU-NB has been an advocate for local food policy for nearly a decade, and we are pleased that this government is recognizing the important asset NB has in our agricultural land base, our farmers and our fishers.
 
While a strategy is not as strong as policy, this local food and beverages strategy was specifically named as one of the economic drivers in the NB Economic Growth Plan announced last month, which gives it a unique interdepartmental mandate.  We will be watching closely for the annual reports and continually pushing for new action items to be included as the ones currently listed are completed.
 
The Buy-Achetez-NB logo is an essential element so that whether a consumer is at a farmers m

Open letter to the People of Wallonia and their Representatives in the Walloon Parliament

October 17, 2016
 
Paul Magnette
 
Ministre-Président de la Wallonie
Rue Mazy, 25-27
5100 Namur                       
 
As farmers organized in the National Farmers Union in Canada, we are encouraged to see that your elected assembly has taken a strong stance against the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA).
 
We are sure that in weighing pros and cons of this deal, you are able to point out the losses it would bring for farmers in your region. As Canadian farmers, we also have very concrete concerns about this agreement.

After French MP and CETA critic denied entry, NFU asks “Is freedom of speech the victim of free trade?”

(Montreal, October 12, 2016) -  On October 11, 2016, French farmer José Bové, who is a Member of the European Parliament and an outspoken critic of the Canada European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), was denied entry into Canada at the Montreal airport. No explanation for his detention has been given. The Council of Canadians had invited Bové to speak about the trade deal’s implications for agriculture. At the same event, Jan Slomp, President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) was to share his critique of CETA, and call for an alternative approach to trade that would see economic prosperity generated from the grassroots up.
 
“We are deeply concerned that an elected representative of the European Parliament has been denied access to Canada, and thus denied the opportunity to express his opinion about the flaws in CETA,” said Slomp.

Le président de l'UNF rencontre les dirigeants du secteur agricole de l'UE à Bruxelles; discussions sur la crise laitière et l'AECG

(Le 28 septembre 2016, Courtenay, C.-B.)- Le 19 septembre 2016, Jan Slomp, président de l'Union nationale des fermiers (UNF), a rencontré les dirigeants de la European Milk Board et les fonctionnaires de la Commission européenne à Bruxelles.

Commentary - Getting local food into restaurants: NB farmer and restauranteur shares her insights

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(September 29, 2016) - When we started farming six years ago we had already been restauranteurs for seven years.  It all began when we thought we would find a way to feed our growing family of three boys and one girl.  We wanted to know what was in our food and what chemicals were going into our children so we chose to grow according to the Canadian Organic Standards.  We believed it would be the smartest path for providing the best food for our family in the most cost efficient manner.
 
We started with a small plot and then increased the plot as we used the veggies in our restaurant as well as feeding our family.  The next year we increased the land again so that we could accommodate a local farmers market.  Ultimately, we started farming all our land and t

NFU President meets with EU farm leaders in Brussels, talks dairy crisis and CETA

(September 28, 2016, Courtenay, BC) - On September 19, 2016 Jan Slomp, President of Canada’s National Farmers Union (NFU) met with leaders of the European Milk Board and European Commission officials in Brussels. He was invited there to elaborate on his July 22, 2016 letter to European Union (EU) Dairy Commissioner Phil Hogan where he encouraged Europe to solve its ongoing dairy crisis by adopting a Canadian-style supply management system instead of attempting to use the CETA trade agreement to increase dairy exports to Canada.

Union Farmer Newsletter - September 2016

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Contents:

  • NFU argues against Health Canada’s proposal to allow ground beef irradiation
  • NFU provides input to Agriculture Ministers Meeting on the next Agriculture Policy Framework
  • NFU Submission to the Canadian Grain Commission regarding its proposal to license producer railway car loading facilities