The NFU communicates and researches an array of diverse farm topics. We recognize the connections between farm issues—from climate change, to farmland ownership, seed sovereignty, labour and orderly marketing. Thanks to our grassroots foundation and member engagement, our research is proudly independent and thoroughly reviewed.

We advocate for policies that support farmers and farm workers’ interests—for a food system grounded in the principles of food sovereignty.

As farmers and farm workers across Canada we are affected by many issues. Explore our well organized sections that give a broad overview and key resources for each area.

Climate Change

Agroecology is a holistic approach to food production that uses—and creates—social, cultural, economic and environmental knowledge to promote food sovereignty, social justice, economic sustainability, and healthy agricultural ecosystems.

Climate Change

Farmers are facing real threats from climate change: drought, once-in-a-100-year storms occurring with increasing frequency, unpredictable growing seasons. In addition to calling for all of society to address this, farmers are taking control of their own on-farm climate solutions based on proven practices that maintain farmers’ income and efficacy.

Climate Change

Land ownership is increasingly difficult for new farmers with land prices quadrupling in the last 20 years. Speculators and investors are raising the price of farmland above the productive capacity of the land. The NFU advocates for policies that keep farmland in farmers’ hands.

Climate Change

Many decisions about Canada’s agricultural policy now are governed by international trade agreements. The NFU is a founding member of La Via Campesina, a global group of farmers advocating for autonomy through food sovereignty, agroecology and resistance to global trade agreements and the World Trade Organization.

Climate Change

Orderly marketing ensures that farmers get a fair deal – fair income, fair opportunities for sales, controls on flow of production, and curbing manipulation and waste. This is key for farmers’ success in a corporate-controlled system.

Climate Change

Livestock is an important part of food systems. Farmers should earn a fair living raising high-welfare animals that yield high-quality products.

Climate Change

The mental health of all farmers and farm workers matters. The NFU advocates for system level changes that elevate farmers’ and farm workers’ health in all its forms.

Climate Change

The National Farmers Union focuses on public policy positions aimed at safeguarding essential resources, known as ‘the commons,’ vital for community well-being. These resources, not privately owned, require active community management to ensure their protection and availability.

Climate Change

The National Farmers Union strongly supports Canada’s supply management system as an important institution of food sovereignty. Supply management is a unique Canadian institution that helps us avoid wide fluctuations in supply and prices, without requiring massive government subsidies to support farmers’ incomes in these sectors.

Climate Change

The National Farmers Union advocates for seed regulation that keeps seeds in farmers’ hands. Canada’s seed system is at a critical juncture – learn more and join in the campaign to save our seed system from corporate control.

Climate Change

The NFU promotes fair trade that is based in the principles of Food Sovereignty.

Depth of Field: Short Films About Farming

Depth of Field: Films About Farming is a series of short documentaries produced and presented by the National Farmers Union and March Forth Creative over 2022-2024.

The films showcase Canadian farmers and farm workers and their sustainable farming practices on and off the land. Rotational grazing, seed saving, building healthy soils, and working for social justice–different farms highlight their own priorities. Together, these unscripted films tell the story of the diverse farming practices that make up our food system.

Films About Farming: Wide Banner
Policy Bookshelf, NFU (vertical photo). Credit: Maarten van den Heuvel

NFU Policy

The National Farmers Union develops its positions on agricultural policy matters through a democratic process. Policy recommendations are presented as resolutions, debated and passed at the NFU’s National Convention each year. 

Many of the resulting positions are more fully developed through research and analysis published as briefs and policy statements. We then present these documents to the relevant decision-makers and circulate them to members, the media, and the general public in order to advance a critical perspective on existing government policies and to promote alternatives that support the advancement of family farms and food sovereignty in Canada and internationally.

Recent Policy

NFU Publications

The National Farmers Union provides critical analysis of Canadian agriculture and society. All NFU policy is strictly grounded in solid research free from corporate or other influence. 

Farmers and farm workers of diverse backgrounds, scales, and production types provide leadership and guide NFU policy work. It is through the collective voice of Canadian farmers that pro-farmer policies and programs can be secured.

Key Publications

 The NFU’s top publications—dive deep into the issues that matter most.

Recent Publications

Latest News

The NFU publishes regular media releases, letters and opinion pieces on the most timely agricultural issues from across the country as well as stands in solidarity with international agricultural movements and farm-positive policy.