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
The NFU and La Via Campesina demand peasant rights NOW
On April 17th each year La Via Campesina (LVC), the international movement of 200 million peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, rural women and youth, Indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world, commemorates the massacre of landless peasants in Eldorado dos Carajás, Brazil in 1996. The peasants were slaughtered while struggling Read more
Letter – National Local Food Day
NFU urges passage of Bill C-281
The establishment of a National Local Food day is a further step toward Food Sovereignty and codifies the importance of local food and farms within Canadian Society. Read more
NFU celebrates International Womens Day 2019
Our members built leadership positions for women into the structure of the NFU as far back as our founding fifty years ago. We are pleased to see our organization’s leadership in gender equity in agriculture being followed across Canada and around the world Read more
NFU President congratulates Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau on her appointment as Agriculture Minister
The National Farmers Union is pleased to have the opportunity to welcome Minister Bibeau, and wishes her success in her new position. Read more
Op-Ed Seed Synergy and Value Creation — A Solution in Search of a Problem
Given the health and vigor of Canada’s public plant breeding system, and farmers’ willingness to step up and help to enhance and improve it, it appears that AAFCs “Value Creation" initiative is an unwanted solution to a manufactured problem. Read more
NFU-O pleased with new Wildlife Damage Compensation and Commodity Loan Guarantee Programs
The NFU-O is pleased to see that OMAFRA has listened to farmers regarding compensation for livestock predation and adjusting the Commodity Loan Guarantee Program (CLGP) for farmers affected by high levels of Deoxynivalenol (DON) in their corn; both of which issues the NFU-O has raised directly with the Minister. “It is rewarding to see that Read more
Why the NFU is in court supporting federal jurisdiction over greenhouse gas pollution pricing
Click here to read the NFU's affidavit - The NFU’s intervention in support of federal jurisdiction over greenhouse gas pollution pricing is not an endorsement of the current federal government’s measures. Rather, the NFU recognizes that a national framework needs to be created through the principles of co-operative federalism, and this requires federal leadership and enforcement powers. Read more
Seed Synergy: the back story
Over the last two months farmers have become aware of an ominous drive coordinated by elements of Canada’s seed industry and financially aided by our Federal Government that is attempting to eliminate our right to freely save and reuse our own seed. Read more