Farmland Ownership

farmland ownership and concentration, promoting affordable secure land tenure

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
Foreign investors gobbling farmland
The National Farmers Union (NFU) is alarmed by the rate at which P.E.I. farmland is being transferred to large corporate interests. Islanders, especially those in rural communities, know that all around them, land is being transferred generally in non-transparent transactions. Read more
Farmland Ownership
Land is fundamental to agriculture. Who owns it, controls it, and how is it used and cared for are critical matters for the NFU. Read more
Separating the Grain from the Chaff regarding Tax Reform Proposals
The federal government’s proposal to change tax measures for private corporations is very much in the news. Unfortunately, the debate has become very heated with a lot of questionable information circulating. We have seen reporters saying these changes will make it so there is no advantage to incorporating a farm on one hand, and on the other, suggesting that they will ruin the family farm. Such statements invoke emotional reactions instead of clear-headed analysis.The following information is meant to provide useful information about the proposed changes and their larger context so that NFU members, other farmers and the general public can better assess the potential impact of the proposed changes to tax measures for private corporations, and if they wish, to provide helpful input to the federal government’s public consultation on the tax system. Read more
Call to Pension Funds – Stop Landgrabbing in Brazil
We have learned that the CDPQ and bcIMC, through their investments in a global farmland fund called TIAA-CREF Global Agriculture LLC (TCGA), is investing in farmland projects that are linked to the forcible displacement of people and which are causing environmental and social destruction in Brazil. Read more
Fonds de pension et accaparement des terres au Brésil
Des enquêtes réalisées dans certaines des fermes acquises par le TCGA dans les états brésiliens de Maranhão et de Piauí démontrent que ces terres ont été acquises auprès d’un homme d’affaire brésilien qui a utilisé la violence et la fraude pour expulser des paysans et des autochtones et ainsi s’accaparer de grandes surfaces agricoles. Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: January 2017
NFU on Parliament Hill • Next Agricultural Policy Framework • Study on the acquisition of farmland in Canada and its potential impact on the farming sector Read more
Equity or Equitable? – MPAC Assessments Highlight Farmland Challenges
Recently, farm families across Ontario have received MPAC notices reflecting dramatic changes in values. In some cases, assessment estimates are doubled from 2012. Read more
NFU-O urges retention of Central Experimental Farm for agriculture
Ottawa, ON—National Farmers Union-Ontario members recently attended the public consultation hosted by the National Capital Commission and urged the NCC to protect farmland and increase public agricultural research when formulating their report on the best site for the new Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital. Read more