Op Ed – Detrimental Manitoba Budget 2021 takes far more than it gives
The National Farmers Union in Manitoba views the 2021 provincial budget as detrimental to farmers and its own citizens. The massive tax breaks to farmland may seem like an initial win to established farmers, but the long term results will proliferate a pattern that will be costly to the next generation of all farmers and rural communities. Agriculture received a mere 2% budget increase, which can be seen in the attempt to consolidate the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation delivery model and use digital technology as a replacement for local service, which moves crucial MASC further from Manitoba farmers.
Op-Ed: Regenerate Canada’s beef sector by addressing corporate concentration
By Iain Aitken In a recent report from Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), its president Bob Lowe stated that there is a critical need for better Business Risk Management tools for the beef sector. In addition to improving coverage for cow/calf producers by seeking the removal of the reference margin limit, he calls for raising the
Op Ed: PEI Government and Irving Work Hard To Keep Islanders in the Dark
By Edith Ling Those who have nothing to hide do not fear the light. Ethical people welcome transparency in their dealings and actions. They don’t hide behind the veil of privacy to cover the ways they manipulate laws for their own gain. They don’t hide behind the pretence that their secrecy is necessary for reasons
Op Ed: US farm groups and unions ask Biden to end CUSMA attack on Canada’s supply management system
On February 1, American farm, labour and civil society organizations formally asked the Biden-Harris administration to withdraw the attack on Canada’s dairy sector initiated by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in the dying days of the Trump administration. In the first dispute launched under the Canada–United States–Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), the U.S. is challenging how
Op Ed: Farmers’ Mental Health has Economic Roots
Charlottetown, PEI The Island Minister of Agriculture, Bloyce Thompson said this past week that more Island Farmers are reaching out for mental health support through the PEI Farmers Assistance Program.  He noted that the number of calls in 2019 was 140, increasing to 293 in 2020. Minister Thompson said navigating a hot dry summer during
Letter to Minister Popham – Stop Site C
Dear Minister Popham, I am writing to share with you an important resolution passed by the membership of the National Farmers Union at our annual convention held online in November that I know will be helpful in encouraging your colleagues to save the Peace River Valley:   BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE NATIONAL FARMERS UNION, Region
A vibrant small-scale meat industry for British Columbians
NFU recommendations to BC Ministry of Agriculture
The Ministry of Agriculture has recently released an Intentions Paper on “Rural Slaughter Modernization.” We are very excited to see the MoA tackling the complex issues facing the meat processing sector in BC and welcome the opportunity to influence the thinking of the MoA as they work to address the critical policies, regulations, and financial
What to know about climate change
The greatest threat to Canadian agriculture is climate change. Unless all nations slash greenhouse gas emissions, Canadian farmers will face large temperature increases, intensifying droughts and floods, the loss of export markets as foreign economies falter and disruptive domestic government responses. Here are eight things farmers need to know about climate change and emissions reduction:
 2020 hindsight: Ending the Canadian Wheat Board was an economic tragedy
August 1st 2020 marks the 8th anniversary of one of the great economic tragedies in Canadian history. This was the day the wrecking ball swung by then Prime Minister Stephen Harper and former Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz finally destroyed one of the most important institutions working for economic justice for farmers - the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB). In a malicious act driven by wrong-headed doctrine, they chose to eliminate the CWB through the Orwellian-titled Marketing Freedom for Farmers Act.
Is a $4 Billion Irrigation Expansion a Good Investment for Saskatchewan Farms?
The greatest threat to Saskatchewan farms is climate change. Thus, we should ask: should the Saskatchewan and federal governments spend $4 billion on irrigation infrastructure? Can this investment really protect a significant number of farms or acres from climate change? Or could the money be better spent on other projects or in other ways? How should we spend taxpayers’ limited dollars?
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