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Federal Budget – The NFU’s Recommendations

The Federal Budget will be tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2016. The National Farmers Union (NFU) presented its recommendations to the House of Commons Finance Committee during its pre-budget consultation process. The NFU is calling for the budget to:

  • Rebuild agriculture institutions through return to prior funding levels (at least) and by renewing their commitment to the public interest.
  • Support farm incomes by supporting effective institutions that provide farmers with market power.
  • Refocus agricultural programs and policy on the principles of food sovereignty.
  • Re-invest in public interest agriculture research, particularly public plant breeding
  • Correct the damage caused by ending the single desk for wheat marketing
  • Support young farmers to ensure there is a next generation of family farms
  • Safeguard domestic food production for the long-term
  • Support agriculture climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Implement universal pharmacare

Visit the NFU website for the full brief, Rebuilding Canada’s agricultural institutions in the public interest for sustainable, prosperous family farms: NFU Submission to Federal Pre-Budget Consultation, February 2016, or download the PDF version in English or French.

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For more information:
Jan Slomp: NFU President: (403) 704-4364
Hilary Moore: NFU Vice President, Policy: (613) 259-2177

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