TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING? BEEF PACKERS RECEIVE MORE SUBSIDIES
Saskatoon, SK – Alberta beef packers are receiving yet another round of subsidies from the Alberta and federal governments. On February 11<span class="s1"<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanth </span<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanan announcement was made that XL Foods (a Nilsson Bros. company) will receive $1.6 million in Growing Forward/ALMA funding over the next two years to increase the value-added production capacity of their Lakeside plant located in Brooks. That follows closely on the heels of the $3 million awarded to Cargill Meat Solutions to “improve operational efficiencies” at its High River Plant.
FARMERS DECIDE OPERATIONS OF CWB, NOT CONSERVATIVE MPS
Saskatoon, SK – The National Farmers Union (NFU) is expressing its extreme displeasure that the Conservative government is once again attempting to meddle in the operations of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB). Last week, Conservative Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz criticized the CWB for the purchase of two laker ships for moving grain across the Great Lakes. Also, Conservative MP Bruce Stanton introduced a private member’s bill aimed at allowing farmers to opt out of the CWB.
FARM BUSINESSES HURT BY FAILURE TO PASS BILL C-474
Saskatoon, SK – The National Farmers Union (NFU) is expressing its disappointment that Bill C-474 was voted down in the House of Commons yesterday evening. “This bill is a clear loss for Canadian farmers, and a clear win for corporations like Monsanto and Syngenta whose only concern is their own profitability,” stated NFU Vice President Colleen Ross. Bill C-474 was designed to protect Canadian farmers by requiring that an examination of potential harm to export markets be conducted before the sale of any new genetically engineered seed were permitted.
NFU Urges All MPs to Vote In Favour of Bill C-474 Tomorrow
Saskatoon, SK – The NFU is urging all MPs to vote in favour of Bill C-474 in the House of Commons in Ottawa tomorrow. Bill C-474 would require that an examination of potential harm to export markets be undertaken before the sale of any new genetically modified seed is allowed.
NFU PRESIDENT PROTESTS CETA NEGOTIATIONS IN BRUSSELS
Saskatoon, Sask. ─ National Farmers Union (NFU) President Terry Boehm has joined the coalition of organizations called the Trade Justice Network in protesting the latest round of Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations taking place in Brussels this week. "I will be making our concerns heard to politicians in Brussels as well as working with other organizations opposed to the deal from Canada and Europe," stated Boehm.
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Government Ignores Concerns with Variety Registration Change and Plows Ahead Anyway
The federal government has changed the variety registration system regulations in spite of widespread opposition and concerns. The variety registration system is a system where new plant varieties are independently tested and judged on their performance and merit by recommending committees before they can be grown as commercial crops in Canada.
BUDGET IGNORES STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS IN AGRICULTURE
The federal budget released by the Harper Government fails to address the deepening financial crisis facing Canada’s family farmers, says Stewart Wells, President of the National Farmers Union (NFU).In the budget, the Harper Government promised $50 million over the next three years to expand slaughterhouse capacity. However, there is no provision to ensure these funds do not simply end up in the pockets of Cargill, Tyson and XL, the big three packing companies which together control over 80% of Canada’s beef processing facilities.
Alberta Government Must Let Farmers Decide Direction of CWB
<span<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanJanuary 12, 2009 - The Alberta Government must respect the wishes of farmers and stop spending taxpayers’ money on a campaign to dismantle the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB), says Doug Scott, a Board member of the National Farmers Union (NFU).</span<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span
Rising Dollar, Rising Interest Rates, Falling Farmers
June 21, 20/07 Two pieces of economic news this past week bode poorly for farmers, and both of them relate to factors far beyond their control. One is the continuing rise of the Canadian dollar against its American counterpart. The dollar neared 92 cents American, a level not seen since 1977. Many analysts are saying the loonie could reach par with the American dollar before the end of 2007. The second piece of news concerned Canada's inflation rate. The so-called core inflation rate hit 2.5% in April, furthering speculation that the Bank of Canada will raise interest rates. Both situations have severe repercussions down on the farm. Grain on international markets is mainly priced in American dollars. Thus each increase in the value of the Canadian dollar effectively lowers the value of Canadian grain on export markets. Should the Canadian dollar reach par with the U.S.