Celebrating Evelyn Potter’s life and reflecting on the impact of her work
I first heard the name Evelyn Potter at my first National Farmers Union Convention in Ottawa in 2009. It was the 40th Anniversary of the NFU. Unfortunately Evelyn was unable to attend in person as planned, but her written address was read to the convention as the NFU’s First Women’s president to mark this significant Read more
Letter: CGC, mandate to protect farmers’ interests, are essential
Over the past several months, Agriculture Canada and the grain companies, in concert with the current senior staff of the CGC, have been re-writing the Canada Grain Act, mostly behind closed doors . Grain company foxes are advising on how to guard the producers’ hen house. Read more
French politicians should not ratify CETA
We echo our French counterparts’ call on members of the National Assembly and Senate to vote against ratifying CETA because it does not offer safeguards needed to fight the major social problems of the 21st century: climate change and social inequality. Read more
National Food Policy must be seen as a base for further action
The Food Policy for Canada is a first step towards bringing food, farmers and the people of Canada who eat the food we produce, into the forefront of Canada’s agriculture policy priorities Read more
Job Posting: NFU Executive Director
For the past 50 years the National Farmers Union has been seeking to protect and promote family farms. We are a grassroots organization representing thousands of farmers across the country seeking progressive solutions to the myriad problems facing farmers and the food system by advocating for policy changes at all levels of government. Our ED Read more
NFU congratulates Manitoba on new GROW Program to enhance environmental action
The GROW Program is a good first step that will help farmers invest in environmental solutions. The NFU in Manitoba is looking forward to participating in the consultations that will develop the details of this program and create a base for expanding and deepening the on-farm environmental enhancement efforts we will need to make a substantial impact. Read more
NFU letter supportive of GROW Program
The Growing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW) Program is a step in the right direction to help Manitoba farmers become a bigger part of the climate solution Read more
Polluter-pay decision a small but important step
“The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ruling that the federal government has the jurisdiction to enact legislation to control greenhouse gas emissions is a small but important step on the journey to sustainability,” said Stewart Wells, NFU 2nd Vice President. Read more
Canada has lost credibility and grain customer trust thanks to deregulation
With the end of the Canadian Wheat Board, grain companies are now in a position to take huge profits out of the Canadian prairies. Both the Harper and Trudeau administrations have played right into their hands by destroying Canada’s international credibility that made customers specify “source: Canadian.” Read more
Farmers’ right to seed is a matter of principle
by Ann Slater Last December the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. This declaration was brought forward by La Via Campesina (LVC) – a global movement which brings together organizations representing small- and medium-scale farmers, peasants, agricultural workers, rural women and indigenous communities. The Read more