National Farmers Union Opposes Alberta Open-Pit Coal Mines
The National Farmers Union (NFU) opposes the Alberta government’s decision to rescind forty-four-year-old coal policy protections.  With this move, the government is permitting development of open-pit coal mines on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. The government proceeded without public consultation. The NFU supports the ranchers, farmers, and First Nations opposed to this environmentally Read more
National Farmers Union calls on BC Agriculture Minister to Stop Site C
Speaking for the National Farmers Union (NFU), Women’s President and Peace Region farmer Bess Legault has written to BC Agriculture Minister Hon. Lana Popham asking her to stand with farmers in opposing the Site C Dam project. The BC cabinet is expected to consult this week on a recent review by former deputy finance minister Read more
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 Read more
NFU Manitoba troubled by 21 Ag Office Closures
WINNIPEG, MB – The National Farmers Union (NFU) in Manitoba is deeply concerned about drastic cuts to public agriculture services in Manitoba announced on January 6, 2021. The Manitoba Government will close 21 rural offices occupied by Manitoba Agriculture Services Corporation and Rural Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development, leaving only 10 rural offices standing. “These Read more
NFU congratulates new CGC leaders on their appointment
The National Farmers Union would like to congratulate Doug Chorney and Patty Rosher on their appointment as the Canadian Grain Commission’s Chief Commissioner and Assistant Chief Commissioner respectively. We are pleased that Minister Bibeau has chosen to appoint these individuals, who both have the deep understanding of agriculture and credibility within the farm community required Read more
Letter to Minister Bains – Objection to business name “Seeds Canada”
The NFU objects to the use of “Seeds Canada” as this entity’s business name on the grounds that, by connoting it is a government department or agency, it is contrary to the Canada Business Corporations Act Regulations, Section 26. Read more
NFU says “Seeds Canada” name misleading, asks Minister to disallow
“Using the name “Seeds Canada” while advancing its members’ private interests through lobbying, surveillance and regulatory activities would surely cause confusion about government’s role in seed policy, regulation and enforcement,” said NFU member Cam Goff. “This jeopardizes the government’s reputation, and it calls Canada’s democratic values and public interest into question. Read more
NFU applauds government for taking action on nitrogen fertilizer emissions
Woodlawn, ON—On December 11, the federal government released its plan: A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy: Canada’s Strengthened Climate Plan to Create Jobs and Support People, Communities, and the Planet.  As part of that plan, the federal government will: Set a national emission reduction target of 30% below 2020 levels from fertilizers and work with Read more
Backgrounder to NFU statement in solidarity with Indian farmers
Why are India’s farmers protesting? India has 164 million farmers, and many have small farms where they grow food to feed themselves and sell locally to feed their communities. Over half of India’s workforce is involved in the agriculture sector. Hundreds of thousands of farmers are protesting impending changes that will result from three controversial Read more
NFU stands in solidarity with Indian farmers protesting new agricultural laws
The National Farmers Union stands in solidarity with farmers in India, who continue to protest new agricultural laws formally passed in September. This agriculture reform will effectively undermine the guaranteed prices farmers receive through government purchase of staple crops and open them up to exploitation by large corporations. Tens of thousands of Indian farmers are Read more