Save Seeds!
There is an exciting new initiative happening across Canada right now called The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. All across Canada, there are Regional Seed Coordinators helping farmers increase their seed security through on-the-ground projects, trials, and funding opportunities.
Farmer Profile: Prairie Gold Pastured Meats, Alberta
A profile of farmer and NFU member Blake Hall, from Prairie Gold Pastured Meats, Alberta.
A weekend with the NFU youth
Spending four days at the NFU youth gathering in beautiful Nanoose Bay, Vancouver Island has cemented in my mind that returning to the farm was the right decision for me to make. It is difficult to find words to express my amazement at the brilliance of each one of the NFU youth from all over Canada.
UN Discussion Attempts to Estimate the True Value of Family Farms
I recently represented the National Farmers Union (NFU) at the North American Dialogue on the United Nation’s “2014 Year of Family Farming” hosted by L’Union des Producteurs Agricoles (UPA).
CBC: Wheat Board and Rail Backlog
NFU member Dean Harder speaks about post-single desk CWB grain transport debacle on Lang and O'Leary show. Note: the tag line is incorrect, Dean never said the backlog wouldn't have happened under the CWB, he did talk about how the CWB would have handled the volume more efficiently.
Farmer Profile: Dinsmore Farms, Ontario
Nineteen year old Ken Mills was born into farming and the National Farmers Union. Dinsmore Farms has been in his family for generations. <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanWhat do you produce?</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanWe direct market beef and pork as well as share cropping 50 acres conventionally and growing pasture, forage and grain for our own uses. <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanSize of farm?</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span100 acres with 9 acres of hardwood bush at the back and 87 acres workable land. <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanNumber of years farming?</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanI have never really started or stopped farming.
Farmer Profile: The Veggie Patch, Alberta
"I produce about 35 different varieties of vegetables. I am on my families mixed farm and we raise and sell certified organic grass-fed beef and lamb, as well as pastured pork."
Young Farmers gathering in Red Deer Alberta
If you are near Red Deer or know anyone in the area please join us and help spread the word; NFU Youth and Young Agrarians (YA) are organizing a Young Farmer Mixer in Red Deer Alberta this Satruday, April 19.
On April 17, join us as we call for a Seed Act for Farmers
La Via Campesina has declared April 17, 2014 to be the International Day of Farmer and Peasant Struggles in Defence of Farmers' and Peasants' Seeds. In solidarity with farmers and peasants around the world, the NFU is calling on all Canadians to join us as we call for a new Seed Act for Farmers.
Changes to agricultural legislation patently absurd
The Agricultural Growth Act, Bill C-18, is currently before Parliament. It is an omnibus bill amending nine separate pieces of agricultural legislation. The changes vastly increase corporate control of seed and will result in higher seed costs for farmers in the future.