Archived press releases
Press releases generated from between 1999 to 2010 can be downloaded here. Read more
Government Ignores Concerns with Variety Registration Change and Plows Ahead Anyway
The federal government has changed the variety registration system regulations in spite of widespread opposition and concerns. The variety registration system is a system where new plant varieties are independently tested and judged on their performance and merit by recommending committees before they can be grown as commercial crops in Canada. Read more
Final words: ag and world hunger
The World Food Program, an agency of the United Nations, announced two weeks ago that the number of hungry people in the world rose this year to more than one billion. It is a startling number. It says that, though the world continues to grow richer in many senses and for many people, it is growing poorer at supplying more of its citizens with food. Read more
Romance of small farms is fine
The Jan. 15 Western Producer editorial entitled “Banish romantic notion of small farm” left me a trifle uneasy. While it seems to be a critique of very small farms in poor countries, it implies that North American romantic notions about small farms constitute some kind of danger. Read more
BUDGET IGNORES STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS IN AGRICULTURE
The federal budget released by the Harper Government fails to address the deepening financial crisis facing Canada’s family farmers, says Stewart Wells, President of the National Farmers Union (NFU).In the budget, the Harper Government promised $50 million over the next three years to expand slaughterhouse capacity. However, there is no provision to ensure these funds do not simply end up in the pockets of Cargill, Tyson and XL, the big three packing companies which together control over 80% of Canada’s beef processing facilities. Read more
Alberta Government Must Let Farmers Decide Direction of CWB
<span<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanJanuary 12, 2009 - The Alberta Government must respect the wishes of farmers and stop spending taxpayers’ money on a campaign to dismantle the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB), says Doug Scott, a Board member of the National Farmers Union (NFU).</span<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span Read more
Livestock support sorely needed
God help the beleaguered cattle producers of Canada. As prices plummeted like the proverbial stone in 2007, we were told it was because of the high cost of feed grains and the soaring Canadian dollar that briefly took on the American greenback and pummeled it. Read more
Government Rewards Railways
In the last few weeks of his government’s 10-year reign, before the Liberals under Jean Chrétien officially took power, Mulroney signed an agreement with the railways that gave them renewed control over the hopper cars the federal government had purchased for the movement of prairie grain. Read more
Rising Dollar, Rising Interest Rates, Falling Farmers
June 21, 20/07 Two pieces of economic news this past week bode poorly for farmers, and both of them relate to factors far beyond their control. One is the continuing rise of the Canadian dollar against its American counterpart. The dollar neared 92 cents American, a level not seen since 1977. Many analysts are saying the loonie could reach par with the American dollar before the end of 2007. The second piece of news concerned Canada's inflation rate. The so-called core inflation rate hit 2.5% in April, furthering speculation that the Bank of Canada will raise interest rates. Both situations have severe repercussions down on the farm. Grain on international markets is mainly priced in American dollars. Thus each increase in the value of the Canadian dollar effectively lowers the value of Canadian grain on export markets. Should the Canadian dollar reach par with the U.S. Read more
Rising Dollar, Rising Interest Rates, Falling Farmers
Two pieces of economic news this past week bode poorly for farmers, and both of them relate to factors far beyond their control. One is the continuing rise of the Canadian dollar against its American counterpart. The dollar neared 92 cents American, a level not seen since 1977. Read more