Media

2014

Feb 27, 2014
by Jan Slomp Believe it or not, there is a relationship between the backlog in prairie grain and the “Fair Elections Act.” Here’s how. As prairie farmers wait anxiously for the backlog in grain transportation to be resolved and for prices that at least cover cost of production,...
Feb 5, 2014
(February 5, 2014, Saskatoon) -Farmers should not expect prices to go up, or more grain to be moved, anytime soon, as Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is only calling for more numbers, reports and discussions among railways, elevator companies and grain companies while farmers’ costs mount and...
Feb 4, 2014
(February 4, 2014, Victoria, BC)—The National Farmers Union (NFU) calls on the BC government to maintain the independent, quasi-judicial mandate of the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) as administrator of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) so that scarce farmland will continue to be...
Jan 28, 2014
Governments and farm organizations tell us over and over again that decisions made on our farms and by government regulatory agencies must be 'science-based'. Entwined with this adherence to 'science-based' decision making is a demand that we accept that science is absolute and...
Jan 22, 2014
Download PDF Version The National Farmers Union calls for a new Seed Act for Farmers in which Canada recognizes the inherent rights of farmers  — derived from thousands of years of custom and tradition—to save, reuse, select, exchange, and sell seeds. Current and proposed...
Jan 20, 2014
(January 20, 2014- Saskatoon, SK):  Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act favours further consolidation of the seed industry into a few corporate hands, which will end up costing farmers more for seeds of all types. “The government is selling the ag omnibus legislation as ‘the...
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...