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2014

Jan 20, 2014
by Jan Slomp On December 9th 2013, Omnibus Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act went to Parliament for first reading. Passing Bill C-18 would make Canada compliant with UPOV ‘91, a much more restrictive form of Plant Breeders’ Rights than we currently have. The second part of the Act...

2013

Dec 17, 2013
(December 17, 2013, Saskatoon, SK) —The National Farmers Union (NFU) congratulates the new members of the Boards of Directors for the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission and the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission. The election for each Commission, conducted by secret mail-in...
Dec 17, 2013
(December 17, 2013, St. Marys, ON) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling for aprecautionary five-year moratorium on the use of the neonicotinoid seed treatments for field crops and for independent research to be done. Such a moratorium would provide time to study the impacts of...
Dec 12, 2013
Behind the noise of the Rob Ford and Senate scandal cover ups, the Canadian government is angling to legislate the removal of a right of farmers that should be non-negotiable. Ottawa is moving quickly to implement the UPOV ’91 plant breeders' rights convention with First Reading in...
Dec 10, 2013
(December 10, 2013 - Saskatoon, SK) – Agriculture Minister Ritz is moving with undue haste with yesterday’s announcement of the Agricultural Growth Act (AGA) which received First Reading in Parliament today. The government is calling the AGA an omnibus bill for agriculture because it...
Dec 4, 2013
Jan Slomp Elected By Acclamation At 44th Annual NFU National Convention (Dec. 1, 2013, Ottawa, ON) - Jan Slomp of Rimby, Alberta was elected President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) by acclamation, at its 44th annual National Convention held in Ottawa, November 24 to 30, 2013. Ann Slater of St...
Nov 20, 2013
(Nov. 20, 2013 - Leamington, ON) – The closure of the Heinz ketchup plant announced last week is the latest of several Canadian food processing plants bought and then closed by investors that move production to other countries in pursuit of higher profits. The trend bodes ill for Canadians...
Nov 19, 2013
(le français suit) The National Farmers Union (NFU) in NB believes that a recently announced land swap on the Acadian Peninsula is a bad idea. On October 31 the province announced it would grant 15,712 acres to Oxford Frozen Foods, a multinational company with head offices in Oxford, NS, for future...
Nov 15, 2013
(Nov. 15, 2013 - Saskatoon, SK) - Gerry Ritz announced at this week’s semi-annual meeting of the Canadian Seed Trade Association that he intends to bring UPOV ’91 into force by August 1, 2014. Members of the CSTA include seed giants Dow Agro Sciences, BASF, Bayer, Monsanto, Syngenta, Du...
Nov 6, 2013
(Nov. 6, 2013, Saskatoon) –   The National Farmers Union (NFU) is recommending against new regulations that would replace the current bond security system that protects farmers in the event of non-payment by licensed grain companies. There are numerous implications to the proposed...
Oct 30, 2013
(Oct 28, 2013 - Westmeath, ON) Tony Straathof, President of the Renfrew County/Ontario National Farmers Union advises Renfrew County farmers, businesses and consumers should critically assess the implications of the Trade Agreement with Europe which was recently signed in principal by Prime...
Oct 28, 2013
(Oct. 28, 2013 - Deleau, MB) – The National Farmers Union Region 5 (Manitoba) has recommended to the Manitoba Minister of Agriculture and Rural Initiatives that the existing Commission Model for the Proposed Wheat and Barley Checkoff dollars (as outlined on page 25 of the October 17 Manitoba...
Oct 17, 2013
(October 17, 2013 - Guelph, ON): On October 16, Justice Beaudoin released his decision on the judicial review of the Appeal Tribunal’s denial of accreditation for the National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) for part of 2012 and all of 2013. In the decision, Justice Beaudoin states,...
Oct 17, 2013
(Saskatoon, SK, October 17, 2013) - Of all the negative actions that Harper has taken, the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) is by far the worst. Harper has sold Canadians out to be governed by foreign corporations. “The devil is always in the detail, which this government has...
Oct 15, 2013
(Saskatoon, SK) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) invites all Canadians to acknowledge World Food Day (October 16) with friends, neighbours and community members. Colleen Ross, 1st Vice President (Policy) for the NFU, says “Food is at the center of almost all ceremonies and celebrations for...
Oct 7, 2013
(October 7, 2013, St Marys, ON) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) says the Ontario Ministry of Environment has missed the point in its denial of the request for an environmental assessment of genetically engineered (also called genetically modified or GM) herbicide tolerant (Roundup Ready) alfalfa...
Sep 23, 2013
(Saskatoon, Sept. 23, 2013)-- The federal government plans to privatize Seed Field Crop Inspection in 2014, ending an 85-year history of government inspection in Canada. The 2012 federal budget directed the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to privatize seed field crop inspection services...
Sep 12, 2013
(September 12, 2013, St. Marys, ON).  After nearly a year of deliberation and controversy, the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA), a lobby group representing large seed companies such as Monsanto, Bayer, Dupont Pioneer and Forage Genetics International, finally announced its Coexistence...
Aug 26, 2013
                  Le Jen Chapin Trio de NYC fait la promotion de l’agriculture locale. De gauche à droite : Stephan Crump (Jen Chapin Trio), Marieka Chaplin, Directrice générale de l’Union nationale des fermiers au NB, Jen Chapin et Jamie...
Aug 26, 2013
                  Jen Chapin Trio from NYC Promotes Local Agriculture From left: Stephan Crump (Jen Chapin Trio), Marieka Chaplin, National Farmers Union in NB Executive Director, Jen Chapin and Jamie Fox (Jen Chapin Trio) (Keswick Ridge, NB. August 26...