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Union Farmer Newsletter - March 2017

  • The Case for a Carbon Tax —an (intentionally provocative) editorial by Darrin Qualman
  • Neonicotinoids under review: PMRA proposes phase‐out of imidacloprid and launches review of clothianidin or thiamethoxam
  • The Public Trust PR Campaign: Agribusiness efforts to avoid public regulation —by Cathy Holtslander, NFU Director of Research and Policy
  • Grain farmers—we want to hear from you!
  • Do Farmers Really Believe a Market Exists For Grain Sales? —by Kyle Korneychuk








NFU finds SARM resolution deeply concerning, will not solve rural problems

(March 17 2017) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is deeply concerned by the news that 93% of Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) annual convention delegates voted in favour of a resolution calling on the federal government to “expand the rights and justification for an individual to defend or protect himself, herself, and persons under their care and their property.” This resolution, put forward under the shadow of last summer’s tragic shooting of Colten Boushie by a Biggar-area farmer, reveals the dangerous undercurrent of fear and aggression in rural Saskatchewan. This is not the way to address problems faced in rural areas.
“We, the NFU, affirm the value of people over property. We do not support the ongoing colonial violence that continues to damage the social fabric of Saskatchewan,” said Rachelle Ternier, NFU Region 6 (Saskatchewan) Coordinator.

TPP - Open Letter to Trade Ministers Meeting in Chile, 14-15 March 2017

(March 15, 2017) - The National Farmers Union has joined over 200 organizations from Pacific Rim countries who are calling upon Trade Ministers meeting in Chile this week to abandon the TPP model and instead join with citizens in a more open and democratic process to develop alternative approaches to international trading relationships that genuinely serve the interests of our peoples, our nations and the planet. Read the open letter and list of signatories below. 
Open Letter to Trade Ministers Meeting in Chile, 14-15 March 2017
It is clear that the withdrawal of the United States means that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement as previously negotiated is dead.

Manitoba Regional Convention Thursday March 30, 2017

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 09:00 - 18:00
We invite you to attend the Region 5 Annual Convention which will be held Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Canad Inns, 2401 Saskatchewan Ave, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba with the theme:  Why Your Choice of Farm Voice Matters.  The official Convention will commence at 10:00 A.M.  The registration fee is:  $35 for non-members & $25 for members. Youth under 26 can attend for free.  Lunch buffet at Aaltos is included. A block of rooms has been reserved for March 29th and 30th for $105 if you wish to stay over.  

Please RSVP to


Registration     9:30 am
Start Time     10:00 am
Lunch    12:30am (Included)
Afternoon Session     1:30am
Meeting Adjournment    5:30pm

NFU Launches Survey on Grading, Pricing and Delivery Problems at Elevators

The National Farmers Union is launching an online and mail out survey to ask farmers how they are being treated when they deliver grain to an inland elevator.  “As a grassroots farm organization, the NFU is starting to hear repeated stories of grain farmers being dissatisfied with their treatment by elevator companies” said Jan Slomp, NFU president.  “We are hearing stories that farmers are being baited to deliver their grain with good grades and then switched to lower grades when they get there” observed Slomp “so we have launched this survey to determine the extent of the problem.”

NFU Renews Call for #NoDAPL in Solidarity with Standing Rock

March 09, 2017, Saskatoon
In December 2016 a significant victory was achieved in North Dakota when pressure from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with other Indigenous and non-Indigenous supporters, managed to convince the Obama administration,through months of struggle,to deny a final permit to complete the Dakota Access Pipe Line (DAPL).  Completion of the pipeline would have required drilling underneath the Missouri River, thus damaging sacred sites, threatening water sources, and violating the treaty rights and sovereignty of the Standing Rock Sioux.   

International Women's Day Activities - Kamsack (March 11) and Cut Knife (March 19)

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 18:00 - 21:00




International Women’s Day

Communities in Action:  Ending Violence Against Women


Strength & Resilience of Indigenous Women”

through sharing circles, stories, art, song, flea market 

Come hear women tell their story 

Bring your art for display &/or sale.


March 11, 2017

Keeseekoose Full Gospel Church

10 km. north of Kamsack

6:00 p.m.

Tea & Bannock

For more info contact:

NFU Response to European Parliament provisional ratification of CETA

CETA is a false solution to economic and political woes
By Jan Slomp,
President, National Farmers Union
Since Donald Trump took office as President of the United States, a shocking list of executive orders is making people around the world uneasy about unpredictable days ahead. Democracy and civil liberties are in peril. It is reasonable for Canadian and European officials to respond with concern to Trump's aberrations. But it appears that, fearing the uncertainty, they have rushed to ratify CETA.
The deal offers the language of prosperity and progress, but in reality, accelerates income inequality and grassroots unrest. Both Canadian and European politicians fail to understand that decades of free trade-like policies have deprived too many US citizens of their economic sustenance and thereby helped to elect Donald Trump.

2017 NFU Region 3 (Ontario) Convention/NFU-O Annual Meeting

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 19:00 - Sun, 03/05/2017 - 15:30
2017 NFU Region 3 (Ontario) Convention/NFU-O Annual Meeting
Friday, March 3 to Sunday, March 5, 2017
Pioneer Lecture Theatre
Rudy H. Brown, Rural Development Centre, Ridgetown College
120 Main Street East
Ridgetown, ON
Friday, March 3
7:30 p.m. - Film: Living in a Food Desert, doors open at 7:00 p.m
Tickets are $10.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please email: or call 1-888-832-9638 if you would like to attend but funds are a barrier.
Across Virginia - from Hampton to Richmond, Petersburg to Lynchburg to Wise County and all points in between - approximately 17.8 percent of Virginia's population live in a food desert.

Fonds de pension et accaparement des terres au Brésil

M. Michael Sabia, 
Président et chef de la direction
La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
M. Gordon J. Fyfe
British Columbia Investment Management Corporation 
M. Sabia, M. Fyfe,
En tant qu’organisations canadiennes préoccupées par la justice sociale, ici au Canada et dans les pays du Sud, nous demandons que la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) et la British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC) s’abstiennent d’investissements futurs dans le fonds international d'acquisition de terres agricoles du TIAA-CREF’s et qu’elles suspendent tout autre investissement spéculatif dans les terres agricoles.