Media

2018

Mar 13, 2018
Here we go again! Some prairie farmers cannot ship their grain. Grain companies and their friends are blaming the railways for not getting the grain to port. After months of being lobbied, the federal government is pushing new transportation legislation, claiming Bill C-49 will punish the railways...
Mar 8, 2018
The National Farmers Union lost a valued member, leader and friend last week. Andreas Pfenning, son of Jennifer and Ekk Pfenning, passed away suddenly when he accidentally slipped into the Nith River while hunting on February 26th. Andreas was 24 years old.   Andreas was an active member of...
Mar 7, 2018
A Statement on International Women’s Day (March 8, 2018, Ottawa, ON) -- Today, on International Women’s Day 2018 Coral Sproule, National Farmers Union (NFU) President, highlights the growing leadership of women in farming.  “When I was a kid, I thought all farmers were men on...
Mar 6, 2018
(March 6, 2018, Saskatoon) – The Senate is now studying Bill C-49, a bill to amend Canada’s Transportation Act and other related Acts, which the House of Commons passed in November. The National Farmers Union (NFU) is one of many groups urging the Senate’s Transportation and...
Feb 28, 2018
(February 28, 2018, Kingston ON) - A nine year campaign to save the prison farm program at federal institutions paid off today where it counts — in the federal budget.   The national government will invest $4.3 million over five years, beginning in 2018, to support re-opening the...
Feb 21, 2018
Letter of Solidarity  to Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement, Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST)   The National Farmers Union (NFU) of Canada expresses deep sadness over the murder of Márcio Matos (Marcinho), leader of the MST in the state of Bahia, Brazil, on January...
Feb 13, 2018
(February 13, 2018, Red Deer, AB) – On February 15, 2018 the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case, Orphan Well Association, et al. v. Grant Thornton Limited, et al., also known as the Redwater Appeal. The case involves the bankruptcy trustee of an oil company, Redwater Energy Corp. that...
Feb 1, 2018
PDF Version   January 31, 2018   Michael Ferguson Auditor General of Canada 240 Sparks Street Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G6    Re: Request for audit of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) and the Government of Canada Public Expenditures related to the CWB between December 2012 and today....
Jan 10, 2018
  SASKATOON, SK:  The National Farmers Union (NFU) offers condolences to the family of Shiv Chopra, who passed away on January 7, 2018.  Many will remember him as the Health Canada whistleblower who was fired from his job for speaking out against the use of growth hormones to...

2017

Dec 21, 2017
What Loblaw’s price-fixing is signaling about the future for Canadian farmers. by Emery Huszka   According to the news, Canadians can look forward to a $25 Loblaw's gift card in response to George Weston Ltd. and Loblaw Companies Ltd.’s admissions to participating in an...
Dec 21, 2017
(December 21, 2017, Courtenay, BC) -- The National Farmers Union (NFU) stands in solidarity with British Columbia fishing communities and the Save our BC Fisheries Campaign. We call on the Canadian government to make urgently needed reforms to Pacific fisheries management and licensing policy....
Dec 20, 2017
By Jan Slomp When BC’s new government was sworn in last spring many hoped for a renewed respect for Treaty Rights and First Nation communities. The promise to have the BC Utility Commission report on the construction plans of Site C was encouraging. When the report was issued in October,...
Dec 19, 2017
By Ian Robson   For over 100 years, the Port of Churchill on Hudson Bay was the gateway to northern Manitoba and communities in Nunavut Territory. Served by 820 kilometres of railway line from La Pas, Manitoba, it shipped western grain to European markets until the Port was stranded, then...
Dec 4, 2017
The National Farmers Union (NFU) is participating in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The campaign started on November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and continues until International Human Rights Day on December 10.   “We stand in...
Dec 1, 2017
(Parksville, BC – Dec. 1, 2017) – The approval process for Site C Dam is in its final stages in the context of the ambiguous conclusions of the British Columbia Utility Commission’s (BCUC) Site C Final Report and support expressed by construction and hydro labour unions for...
Nov 25, 2017
(Ottawa, November 25, 2017) - Coral Sproule was elected President of the National Farmers Union at the 48th Annual National Convention held in Ottawa November 23 to 25, 2017. Results of the national officers elections are as follows: Coral Sproule of Perth, ON, elected President Katie Ward of...
Nov 9, 2017
To the Editor After 5 years of the loss of the Canadian Wheat Board, farmers have turned back the clock 100 years. The farmers missed the boat by letting both the Saskatchewan Party and the federal Tories get rid of the CWB -- at what cost to them?   Commodity prices posted publicly are...
Oct 24, 2017
by Douglas Campbell   The National Farmers Union (NFU) is alarmed by the rate at which P.E.I. farmland is being transferred to large corporate interests. Islanders, especially those in rural communities, know that all around them, land is being transferred generally in non-transparent...
Oct 16, 2017
(Media release: Harare, 16th October 2017)  -- Today, on the International Day of Action for Peoples' Food Sovereignty and against Transnational corporations, La Via Campesina officially launches its new publication "Struggles of La Via Campesina for Agrarian Reform and the Defense of...
Oct 10, 2017
by Stewart Wells   In 2014, a longtime advocate for grain trade deregulation and a former researcher for the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association was quoted in the ag press as saying “I don’t remember one serious conversation about market power and the dangers it imposed....