COVID-19 shuts down half of Canada’s beef supply
A COVID-19 outbreak in a Cargill plant at High River, Alberta has shut down almost half of Canada’s beef supply, leaving many farmers with no place to sell their cattle. Nearly all beef produced in Canada is processed by three high-volume, high-throughput meat packing plants: Cargill’s High River facility, the JBS plant in Brooks, Alberta
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Now is the moment to demand food sovereignty – #17April
17 April 2020 – the International Day of Peasants’ Struggle – La Via Campesina keeps alive the memory of #EldoradoDosCarajás. The COVID-19 crisis shows us that now is the moment to demand structural reforms of the agri-food systems at a global level.
Cuts to physician funding devastating for rural Alberta
Rural communities face difficulties in attracting physicians. Getting doctors to set down local roots has been a vital part of creating sustainable rural healthcare. Physicians cannot make this commitment if they do not make enough to pay their bills.
Farmers and Migrant Workers Need Immediate Support for 2020 Growing Season
(Saskatoon) — The National Farmers Union is pleased to see the federal government’s rapid response to the economic disruption that stems from putting urgent public health measures in place to slow the spread of pandemic COVID-19. New support programs are being rolled out to help vulnerable people during this crisis. However we are concerned that
Farmers Markets Are Essential Services, says NFU
(Kingston) — The COVID-19 global pandemic highlights the vulnerabilities in our society. Our healthcare system, our globalized economy, and our food system are all being tested. Food supply chains have undergone major changes over the past several decades as a result of globalization. Corporations coordinate transnational shipments to precisely balance supply and demand, keeping inventories
NFU President Katie Ward speaks to Ag Committee on Business Risk Management programs
(Ottawa) — Today National Farmers Union (NFU) President Katie Ward urged the House of Commons Agriculture and Agri-Food Committee to support changes to Canada’s Business Risk Management Programs that will support a robust food system in Canada that can deliver both production and fair incomes in the face of shocks and disruptions such as the
Unwarranted changes to Canada Grain Act must be removed from CUSMA Implementation Act
(Saskatoon) – Bill C-4, the Canada–United States–Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) Implementation Act, is being rushed through Parliament so fast that major discrepancies between the Act and the CUSMA agreement have been overlooked by witnesses and Committee members. Bill C-4 amends certain existing laws to bring them into conformity with Canada’s obligations under the trade agreement. However, its amendments to
NFU leaders meet with BC Agriculture Minister
(Victoria) — Today, National Farmers Union (NFU) Youth President, Stuart Oke and NFU Region 8 (BC) Coordinator, Seann Dory, met with BC Agriculture Minister, Hon. Lana Popham to discuss the future of agriculture in the province. They shared the NFU’s recent report, Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis: A Transformative Strategy for Canadian
National Farmers Union in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land defenders
The National Farmers Union (NFU) stands in solidarity with Indigenous land protectors. We support initiatives by Indigenous People including the Unist’ot’en and Wet’suwet’en to resist resource extraction and energy projects that disrupt their Indigenous food and governance systems and interfere with the health of their lands, territories, and communities. The NFU supports the implementation of
NFU urges quick and fair resolution to Co-op Refinery lock-out
Saskatoon – The National Farmers Union is deeply concerned that Federated Co-operatives has locked out unionized workers at the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina. The NFU has sent a letter to the Board of Directors, urging them to end the lock-out immediately and return to the bargaining table in good faith. The NFU is supportive