Convention Archive

Browse outlines and presentations from past NFU conventions.

48th Annual Convention (2017)
Farm Renewal
We have lost more than a quarter of the farms across Canada and the average farmer age continues to climb. Many farmers are looking for ways to pass on their operations to a new generation of farmers. At the 48th Convention, the NFU explored how we can reimagine, restore and reinvigorate rural Canada.
47th Annual Convention (2016)
Agriculture in a Changing Climate
Climate change is arguably the most crucial issue of our time. Agriculture is directly affected by climate change, but is also a major greenhouse gas emitter globally. We need to change our practices to adapt and reduce our emissions. Agriculture exists in a changing economic, political and cultural climate as well. Trade agreements, regulations, subsidies, marketing boards, and corporate mergers all have an impact on our livelihoods and ways of life. This year’s convention workshops, panels, resolutions and debates will highlight the impacts of these different climatic changes and point to ways we can improve our prospects by working together.
46th Annual Convention (2015)
Soil: Our Common Ground
Healthy soil is the foundation of the food system. Soil filters our water, provides essential nutrients to our forests and crops, and helps regulate the Earth’s temperature and greenhouse gases. This year’s convention highlighted the need for policies and practices to protect our soil and our common ground.
45th Annual Convention (2014)
Claiming our Livelihoods
Inequitable and undemocratic government policies that benefit transnational agri-business corporations are cornering farmers, driving them to dangerous levels of debt, lost marketing opportunities and more expensive inputs. This year's Convention theme, "Claiming our Livelihoods", highlighted the need for public policy that re-establishes a fair economic playing field - one that strengthens opportunities for family farmers and re-establishes public interest and food sovereignty.
44th Convention (2013)
Growing Resistance
In this Convention, we heard about and discussed how dissent and resistance foster 'Growing Resistance,' through the lens of seeds: their symbolic and real economic value; their role in achieving food sovereignty; who can and can't use them; who reaps the benefits, bears the risks and makes the decisions. We talked about how we grow resistance in small ways every day, and how together, we grow resistance against power structures that do not have our best interests in mind. Our intention was to have participants leave Convention 2013 informed and energized, prepared to feed and water the 'Growing Resistance' already underway or just taking shape in our own communities.
43rd Convention (2012)
Co-ops: An Exercise in Democracy
The theme of this year’s Convention was Co-ops: An Exercise in Democracy. 2012 was declared the International Year of Co-operatives by the United Nations. The NFU recognized this by presenting information and inviting discussion of co-operatives at our national convention. We looked at the potential for co-ops to act as accessible and democratic alternatives to corporations in our increasingly “super-sized” and globally-focussed economy. Our speakers helped us critically examine co-operatives, and look at some of the lessons learned from the past as well as from successful food and farm-related co-ops, from across Canada today.
42nd Convention (2011)
For the Love of the Land
For the Love of the Land was chosen as the convention theme this year in order to celebrate and explore the central role that the land plays in the lives of farmers, peasants, indigenous peoples, and society more generally.
41st Convention (2010)
Economics of Alternatives – Économie des alternatives
The notion that an alternative agricultural and food model must be adopted in order to rescue ourselves from the negative social, economic, and environmental consequences of the current industrial system is gaining broader acceptance in Canadian society with each passing day. The National Farmers Union has always been a leader in questioning the status quo and fighting for positive change. In this regard, the present is no different than the past. The NFU is leading the way in exploring, developing, and working towards the establishment of a real alternative.
40th Convention (2009)
At this convention, farmers and allies gathered to articulate the threats to farming's livelihoods and the sustainability of farming in Canada and around the world. We discussed the role of farmers in the global food system and alternatives to neoliberal commodification of the food system, and how farmers can lead the way to these alternatives.
39th Convention (2008)
The 39th National Farmers Union Convention featured a number of speakers with insightful critiques of the food system that point the way to alternatives. Raj Patel, author of <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanStuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World's Food System</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span was our keynote, along with Judy Rebick, with a talk about Rebuilding the Food System for the Future.