Kudos to GRAIN for Right Livelihood Award: NFU
The National Farmers Union extends our congratulations to GRAIN, which has been honoured with the 2011Right Livelihood Award. The award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, recognizes individuals or organizations for their outstanding vision and work on behalf of our planet and its people. It is presented annually by the Swedish Parliament shortly before the Nobel awards ceremony.
NFU SAYS RITZ’S WORKING GROUP REPORT IS SHOCKINGLY HOLLOW
Saskatoon, Sask. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) says that the report released by the working group assembled by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is shockingly hollow. In July, Ritz announced the formation of a working group whose purpose was to suggest how the grain marketing system should operate following the assumed end of the Canadian Wheat Board’s (CWB) single desk by August 1, 2012. The working group only included anti-CWB farm groups, and there was no representation from the producer car groups and short line railway groups.
NFU MOURNS LOSS OF AG REPORTER ADRIAN EWINS
Saskatoon, Sask. - The National Farmers Union (NFU) mourns the loss of Adrian Ewins, an inspired journalist and a gentleman. We would like to express our condolences to his family, friends, and to all those he worked with. Adrian Ewins was always well respected for the integrity and the intelligence he brought to his profession.“It has always been a pleasure to work with Adrian. He was an exceptional reporter who was committed to always putting complex stories into their full context,” said NFU President Terry Boehm.
NFU CALLS ON RITZ TO RESPECT WESTERN FARMERS
Saskatoon, Sask. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz to respect Western wheat and barley farmers, who voted in favour of the Canadian Wheat Board’s (CWB) single desk in the recent CWB plebiscite. “Farmers have clearly shown that they support the single desk, and the advantages it clearly brings, just as they always have. The message that farmers have sent Ritz is crystal clear.
NFU CALLS RITZ’S CWB DISMANTLEMENT CONSULTATION A SHAM
Saskatoon, Sask. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling the consultation process on CWB dismantlement being conducted by the working group formed by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, a sham. “This was a classic attempt to try and legitimize hasty and destructive decisions. It was no accident that these meetings were held behind closed doors, and were held in the middle of the busiest time of the year for farmers. What is the rush?,“ asked NFU President Terry Boehm.
NFU OFFERS DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO FAMILY OF JACK LAYTON
Saskatoon, Sask. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) offers its deepest condolences to the family of NDP leader Jack Layton, following his passing this morning. Mr. Layton will be remembered as a tireless leader, who never strayed from his fight for social justice for each and every Canadian. “Jack Layton was a good friend of the Canadian farmer, and a fervent defender of the Canadian Wheat Board and supply management. He will be sorely missed by the NFU,” stated NFU President Terry Boehm.
NFU IMPRESSED BY FARMER TURNOUT AT CWB MEETING
Saskatoon, Sask. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) is very impressed by the standing room only crowd that attended the public meeting held by the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) in Regina last night. “There was clearly a feeling among farmers that we can do something about what the federal government is trying to do to the CWB. We farmers know that the CWB is ours, and we aren’t going to just sit by idly while the government attempts to dismantle it,” stated NFU Region 6 (Saskatchewan) Coordinator Ed Sagan.
Producer Cars and Short Lines
<em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanThis column was written by the late Paul Beingessner in 2008. The relationship between the CWB’s single desk authority and the survival of producer car option and the short line railways are not necessarily well understood by everyone. Now that farmers are in a position to vote on the single desk for wheat and barley in the CWB’s plebiscite, it is a good time to review Paul’s insightful article.</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span
Built by generations of farmers, the Canadian Wheat Board must not be lost to right-wing ideology
<em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanOp Ed by Terry Boehm</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanThe Canadian Wheat Board at its most basic level is Western Canadian wheat and barley farmers’ marketing agency. Farmers pay for its operations and direct it through a majority of farmer elected directors (ten are elected and five are appointed by the government). There is no cost to the government. All it requires to function for farmers’ and Canadians’ advantage is legislation that grants the authority to market wheat and barley through a single desk.