Farmland Ownership

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NFU releases major report on land ownership and farm debt – “Losing Our Grip – 2015 Update”
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(March 10, 2015, Saskatoon) </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span– The National Farmers Union (NFU) has released a major new report, <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanLosing Our Grip - 2015 Update</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span, which revisits and expands upon the information and analysis of corporate farmland buy-up, farm debt and input financing published by the NFU in 2010. The update was undertaken to provide a well-documented assessment of increasing corporate control of farmland and the acceleration of farm debt, now approaching $80 billion. This report will allow farmers, the general public and policy-makers to critically examine the ownership concentration process and the financial mechanisms that facilitate them. The report concludes with a series of policy recommendations to reclaim farmer autonomy and food sovereignty. Read more
NFU urges Canadian RAI negotiators to respect indigenous land rights
On August 7 the NFU sent the following message to the Canadian negotiators who are in Rome to negotiate the <span<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanUN Committee for World Food Security's </span<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanPrinciples for Responsible Investment Agriculture and Food Systems . <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanDear Canadian Negotiators</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanRE: Negotiation of the First Draft of the CFS Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanIt has come to the attention of the National Farmers Union that Canada is taking a position that would prevent the recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples to free, prior and informed consent in relation to decision-making regarding their lands when affected by potential agricultural in Read more
NFU Brief to BC Premier Christy Clark Re: Bill 24
April 30, 2014Hon. Christy Clark, PremierPO Box 9041Stn Prov GovtVictoria, BC V8W 9E1 (Email: premier@gov.bc.ca) Dear Premier Clark: Re: BILL 24, the AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION AMENDMENT ACT, 2014 The National Farmers Union (NFU) is deeply concerned about the changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act that your government is proposing through BILL 24, the AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION AMENDMENT ACT, 2014. We have prepared the following brief which we urge you to consider before taking any further steps to change BC’s farmland protection legislation. The NFU represents thousands of farm members in Canada, from coast to coast. Read more
Bill 24, The Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act, 2014
Download PDF version April 30, 2014Hon. Christy Clark, PremierPO Box 9041Stn Prov GovtVictoria, BC V8W 9E1 (Email: premier@gov.bc.ca) Dear Premier Clark: Re: BILL 24, the AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION AMENDMENT ACT, 2014 The National Farmers Union (NFU) is deeply concerned about the changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act that your government is proposing through BILL 24, the AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION AMENDMENT ACT, 2014. Read more
Bill 24, The Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act, 2014
Download PDF version April 30, 2014Hon. Christy Clark, PremierPO Box 9041Stn Prov GovtVictoria, BC V8W 9E1 (Email: premier@gov.bc.ca) Dear Premier Clark: Re: BILL 24, the AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION AMENDMENT ACT, 2014 The National Farmers Union (NFU) is deeply concerned about the changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act that your government is proposing through BILL 24, the AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION AMENDMENT ACT, 2014. Read more
NFU Asks Premier Clark to Reconsider Bill 24
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanNFU Asks Premier Clark to Reconsider Bill 24</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span (<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanApril 30, 2014, </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanVictoria) Today the National Farmers Union (NFU) sent BC Premier Christy Clark a six-page letter detailing the organization’s concerns regarding Bill 24, the <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanAgricultural Land Commission Amendment Act</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span. The Bill, currently before the BC Legislature, would re-structure the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) decision-making processes and create a 2-tiered system that would result in most of BC’s farmland becoming more vulnerable to development pressure. “BC farmland has been protected by legislation, and as a result, BC has been much more successful that Canada as a whole in keeping both farms and farmers,” said Alberta dairy farmer and NFU President, Jan Slomp. Read more
BC’s farmland too scarce to lose, says NFU
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanFebruary 4, 2014, </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanVictoria, BC)</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span—The National Farmers Union (NFU) calls on the BC government to maintain the independent, quasi-judicial mandate of the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) as administrator of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) so that scarce farmland will continue to be protected. A Provincial Auditor’s 2010 report underscored the “fundamental importance of preserving agricultural land … given the uncertain effects of climate change on our food imports and our agricultural systems.” Read more
Losing Our Grip How a Corporate Farmland Buy-up, Rising Farm Debt, and Agribusiness Financing of Inputs Threaten Family Farms and Food Sovereignty
The land on which our food is grown is, to a significant extent, owned by local citizens and the families who work that land. This family farm model is widely supported—by farmers and non-farmers alike. But this model is under serious threat of extinction. And the issue goes beyond mere land ownership: the core issue Read more
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