Climate Change

Climate justice, climate change mitigation and adaptation

Union Farmer Newsletter: October 2020
Articles in this issue: Seed Canada vote signals farmers can’t be taken for granted; Hairy canola— a big deal!; Solving climate crisis key to saving family farms: NFU has lead role in both struggles; More local, regional abattoir capacity needed; Alberta changes legislation to allow more on-farm slaughtering Read more
NFU welcomes Throne Speech attention to climate change, gender, anti-racism and rural connectivity
In Tuesday’s Speech from the Throne, the National Farmers Union (NFU) was pleased that farmers and ranchers were recognized as “key partners in the fight against climate change” and stated that in the coming session of Parliament there will be support for our efforts to reduce emissions and build resilience. “Highlighting that farmers and ranchers are able and willing to make a positive difference for the climate is a critical step forward for Canada,” said Katie Ward, NFU President. “As a member of the Farmers for Climate Solutions coalition we have been working hard to raise public awareness, and are glad the Prime Minister heard our voice.” Read more
Climate Change
Climate change is arguably the most crucial issue of our time. Agriculture is directly affected by climate change, but is also a major greenhouse gas emitter globally. We need to change our practices to adapt and reduce our emissions. Read more
Throne speech should support farmers and ranchers to reduce GHGs
Prime Minister, as you set a new agenda for Canada, we expect that in your Speech from the Throne you will prioritize food and farming and include “Supporting farmers to reduce emissions and build resilience.” Along with helping farm businesses recover from the pandemic, an investment in farmers will help to revitalize rural communities and help them prepare for the clean economy of the 21st century, while also protecting or enhancing biodiversity, water quality, and air quality. Read more
Is a $4 Billion Irrigation Expansion a Good Investment for Saskatchewan Farms?
The greatest threat to Saskatchewan farms is climate change. Thus, we should ask: should the Saskatchewan and federal governments spend $4 billion on irrigation infrastructure? Can this investment really protect a significant number of farms or acres from climate change? Or could the money be better spent on other projects or in other ways? How should we spend taxpayers’ limited dollars? Read more
NFU leaders meet with BC Agriculture Minister
(Victoria) — Today, National Farmers Union (NFU) Youth President, Stuart Oke and NFU Region 8 (BC) Coordinator, Seann Dory, met with BC Agriculture Minister, Hon. Lana Popham to discuss the future of agriculture in the province. They shared the NFU’s recent report, Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis: A Transformative Strategy for Canadian Read more
Katie Ward, Stuart Oke in Alberta and BC to speak about climate change
  NFU President Katie Ward will be in Alberta February 22 – 24. NFU Youth President Stuart Oke will be in BC February 24 – 28. Stuart’s tour is co-hosted by Young Agrarians. Among other topics, they will be talking about the recent NFU report, Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis:  A Transformative Read more
Introducing “Farmers for Climate Solutions”
On National Agriculture Day, February 11, 2020 the National Farmers Union helped launch a new national grassroots campaign that involves farmers actively participating in Canada’s climate solutions. Called Farmers for Climate Solutions, the campaign is spearheaded by a coalition of farmer-led organizations and supporters. Our message is clear: any conversation about climate change in 2020 Read more
Union Farmer Quarterly: Winter 2020
Winter 2020
In this issue: Messages from the Editorial Advisory Committee, President Katie Ward, Youth President Stuart Oke; Regional Coordinators Articles: Introducing Mara Shaw, NFU Executive Director. On the Frontline of the Climate Emergency and in Creating a New Future – The 50th Convention also saw the release of the NFU’s provocative and thought-provoking discussion paper and Read more
NFU calls for rebate on fuel used for on-farm grain drying
(Saskatoon) — Today, the National Farmers Union sent a letter to Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, outlining the urgent need for a rebate on pollution pricing fees currently being charged on natural gas and propane used for on-farm grain drying. In line with the Paris Agreement’s goals regarding food security and Read more