NFU University

About NFUniversity

With classes on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from October through April, NFUniversity features experts, researchers, farmers, and others on topics ranging from climate change, agroecology, seed policy, carbon markets, and beyond. The sessions build upon the foundational knowledge many NFU members and others already have, delving deeper to advance our understanding to a higher level, and increase our capacities to analyze and advocate. Recordings of previous NFUniversity classes are posted on our Past Classes page.

Classes take place on Zoom, from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Pacific time. Each class includes a question-and-answer period after the speaker’s presentation. French interpretation will be provided if requested when registering at least one week in advance.

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Government Ag Policy Capacity: Learning from the PFRA, Building a CFRA

Thursday, October 12, 2023

12 Noon PDT / 1pm MDT / 2pm CDT / 3pm EDT / 4pm ADT

What is the NFU’s proposed Canadian Farm Resilience Agency (CFRA)?  How will it function?  Why does the climate crisis require this type of all-out response?  How does the CFRA draw on, and update, the model of the PFRA (Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration) established during the 1930s?  Join us as we look back on the PFRA and the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and look ahead to a CFRA as a response to the challenges of the 2030s, and beyond.

Carl Neggers, former Director General, PFRA

Ann Slater, Former NFU VP and member of our CFRA Working Group


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2023-2024 Schedule

October 12—Canadian Farm Resilience Agency

October 26—Quilombola Resistance to Land Grabs in Brazil


November 23—No class join us at the NFU Convention!

January 11—How to Reduce Emissions Now

January 25—How Industry lobbyists exert influence

February 8—Indigenous Knowledge

February 22—TBD

March 14—Wetlands

March 28—Colonial Roots of Modern Free Trade Agreements

April 11—Agroecology

April 25—TBD