Farmland Ownership

farmland ownership and concentration, promoting affordable secure land tenure

NFU outlines priorities for the Next Policy Framework
The National Farmers Union (NFU) has shared its priorities for the next federal-provincial-territorial agriculture policy framework in a letter sent to Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial Agriculture Ministers ahead of their July annual conference. Setting priorities for the Next Policy Framework (NPF), the successor to the five-year Canadian Agricultural Partnership, is the focus of this Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: April 2021
In this issue … Seed For Food System Resilience: Private versus Public Interest – by Cathy Holtslander Canada’s seed variety system is in US trade crosshairs – by Cathy Holtslander US farm groups and unions ask Biden to end CUSMA attack on Canada’s supply management systems – by Cathy Holtslander Vegetable Seed Snapshot   Seed For Read more
Op Ed – Detrimental Manitoba Budget 2021 takes far more than it gives
The National Farmers Union in Manitoba views the 2021 provincial budget as detrimental to farmers and its own citizens. The massive tax breaks to farmland may seem like an initial win to established farmers, but the long term results will proliferate a pattern that will be costly to the next generation of all farmers and rural communities. Agriculture received a mere 2% budget increase, which can be seen in the attempt to consolidate the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation delivery model and use digital technology as a replacement for local service, which moves crucial MASC further from Manitoba farmers. Read more
Farmers Can’t Do it Alone. What we need to fight the climate crisis. 
In inspiring numbers, young farmers are taking to the land to act on climate – but we know that our individual zeal, commitment, and fighting spirit will not be enough to achieve the drastic reduction in on-farm emissions that we so desperately need. “I can make my own individual actions but what we really need Read more
Small Scale Farm Insurance in Manitoba – March 2021 Update
The National Farmers Union continues to be a part of efforts to help farmers who work on smaller scale land bases to be able to access affordable crop insurance programs. The NFU in Manitoba (Region 5) has been advocating on this issue for many years and may be on the verge of helping with changes Read more
Op Ed: PEI Government and Irving Work Hard To Keep Islanders in the Dark
By Edith Ling Those who have nothing to hide do not fear the light. Ethical people welcome transparency in their dealings and actions. They don’t hide behind the veil of privacy to cover the ways they manipulate laws for their own gain. They don’t hide behind the pretence that their secrecy is necessary for reasons Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: February 2021
In this issue … Save our Seed! Do the CFIA seed survey today! Farmland concentration a growing problem in Canada, warns report – by Lois Ross Ranchers, First Nations unite against Rocky Mountain coal mining – by Steve Edgerton   Save our Seed! Do the CFIA seed survey today By Cathy Holtslander, NFU Director of Read more
Concentration Matters: Farmland Inequality on the Prairies
On the Canadian Prairies, small and medium-sized family farms are often portrayed as the primary food production units. Yet, the reality of farming in Western Canada is quite different. In fact, a small and declining number of farms are operating the lion’s share of Prairie farmland and capturing the lion’s share of farm revenue and Read more
NFU Submission on Manitoba Agricultural Crown Land Amendment Act (Bill 35)
Presented to the Social and Economic Committee of the Manitoba Legislature on October 31, 2018
Thank you for considering our comments on the proposed Crown Lands Amendment Act, Bill 35. I am here today representing members of the National Farmers Union in Manitoba and farmers who are unable to speak for themselves due to timing of this meeting and distance to the Manitoba Legislature. The Manitoba government has frequently proclaimed Read more
World Bank–IMF Guilty of Promoting Land Grabs, Increasing Inequality, says LVC
At a meeting of La Via Campesina facilitated by Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI) in Bali, peasant organisations from Asia, Africa, Americas and Europe have unanimously held World Bank and IMF responsible for facilitating large scale land grab, deforestation and ocean grabbing around the world, which has led to inequality, poverty and global hunger. Read more
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