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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)







NFU Region 6 (Saskatchewan) Regional Convention

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:00 - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 16:30

Hello Region 6 NFU members and friends!

We are looking forward to getting together as a Region for our Regional Convention scheduled for June 27th and 28th in Saskatoon at Queen’s House Retreat Centre (601 Taylor St. West - click here for map) in Saskatoon.

NFU Input to Federal Consultation on Cash Purchase Tickets

May 17, 2017
The National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased to provide input on the federal government’s Budget 2017 consultation on the income tax deferral available in respect of deferred cash purchase tickets for deliveries of listed grains.
Cash ticket deferrals are currently available to any farmer who receives a cash purchase ticket when delivering wheat, oats, barley, rye, flaxseed, rapeseed and canola produced in Canada to a licensed primary elevator or process elevator. Primary elevators are country elevators that receive grain directly from farmers for storage and selling onward.

NFU-O applauds the formation of a Prison Farm Advisory Panel

(May 12, 2017, Kingston)  The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) applauds the formation of a Prison Farm Advisory Panel by Correctional Services Canada (CSC). The panel is a positive step toward the decision to re-open two prison farms in Kingston.
On May 11, 2017, CSC announced formation of “an advisory panel to provide advice about the potential re-opening of penitentiary farms at Collins Bay and Joyceville Institutions. The seven volunteer panel members, including three NFU members, have experience in business, agriculture, corrections, social justice, and employment.
“Prisons are a stark reality of our society, however, they’re also part of our human infrastructure.

NFU calls on Canada to support study of Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition

The following is the text of the letter sent on April 26, 2017
Dear Minister MacAulay and Members of the Permanent Mission of Canada to the FAO Agencies: 
We are writing to you on behalf of the National Farmers Union of Canada with regard to a very important issue that is currently being discussed at the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS): the proposal for the CFS to request the High Level Panel of Experts to prepare a report on "Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition" in 2019.
This proposal was made by civil society organisations in November 2016.

Canada’s NFU tweets President Trump a solution to US dairy crisis

(April 20, 2017 - Courtenay, BC). Today, the President of National Farmers Union (NFU) sent US President Donald Trump a letter via Twitter, encouraging him to adopt a solution that would make America’s dairy farmers great again. 
“We have compassion for American family farmers who are experiencing record low farm-gate milk prices. We understand many are forced to take on terrible debt loads. Those who cannot survive this crisis are seeing their hopes and dreams dashed. This is the very situation our own farmers were in 50 years ago,” said Jan Slomp, NFU President.
“In President Trump’s speech on Tuesday, he said he wasn’t just looking for answers, he is looking for a solution,” said Jan Slomp, NFU President.

Urgent Action Alert: Comments on proposed food safety regulations

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has proposed a major change to food safety regulations.