Alternative Federal Budget Recovery Plan: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives — Agriculture
"With policy rooted in principles of food sovereignty and agroecology, the AFB Recovery Plan will build a food system that will democratically provide sustainability, security, and stability in our food supply, and fair incomes for food providers and food consumers. In recognition that COVID-19 is not the first or last crisis we will face, our food system will no longer be designed to maximize extraction with “just in time” and “lean” approaches, but instead will build in buffers and reserves that provide resilience. Read more
Come Learn & Connect: Region 6 (Saskatchewan) Convention
Join in the NFU Region 6 (SK) Convention Mon Aug 10 & Tues Aug 11! This year is on Zoom.  You can join with your computer, smartphone, tablet, or simply call in with your phone. Participate, learn, and reconnect. Keynote speaker Darrin Qualman will also be publicly livestreamed on YouTube from our channel on August 10th and Read more
 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. Read more
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? Read more
Seeds Canada amalgamation plan sidelines independent seed growers
No one can deny the importance of seed – to farmers and agriculture, and also to food security and society at large. The Seed Synergy groups are positioning themselves to not only influence, but replace the public regulator. If Seed Synergy’s amalgamation plans succeed, the independent seed grower will soon be a thing of the past, and democratically accountable public regulation process will be turned inside out, with self-interested corporations regulating farmers instead. Read more
Pandemic Spotlights Food System Reforms Needed to Prepare for Climate Change
The pandemic’s lessons are clear, and we know what we must do to prepare for climate change and avoid its worst effects. It is critical that we act now to build food systems that will be flexible and strong enough to withstand future crises. COVID-19 is a moment of reckoning, but a much larger and potentially more lethal reckoning looms. Read more
Manitoba Regional Convention 2020: July 22nd (& 29th), 2020
Farmers for an Ecological and Just Post-COVID Recovery is the theme this year's Manitoba Regional Convention, being held online July 22 and 29. Join on your computer or by phone. We hope you can join us to continue working for fair conditions for farmers, their families and our society. Read more
Action needed at all levels to end systemic racism, says National Farmers Union
We are committed to building processes to unpack racism in our leadership and wider membership to better work in solidarity with communities of colour to build food sovereignty for all. This will not be easy, but is long overdue. Read more
NFU-O Statement on the Deaths of Two Migrant Farm Workers
We stand in solidarity with the Migrant Rights Network and Justicia for Migrant Workers in their outrage over the death of Bonifacio Eugenio Romero and their efforts to improve migrant workers’ housing, working, and status conditions. Read more
NFU asks necessary questions
Calls for increased transparency, clear guardrails on spending, and a basic appreciation for the economic realities facing our farmers should be enthusiastically welcomed in a province that clearly values the benefits farms bring to our communities. Read more