Region 1

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.

About NFU Region 1

The National Farmers Union is organized regionally. Each Region holds an annual convention where regional officers are elected and resolutions brought forward by members of the region are debated. Resolutions that are passed at the regional level are then debated and voted on at the annual National Convention. One board member from each region serves as the Regional Coordinator.

Region 1 includes the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Within Region 1 there are two organized NFU Districts: PEI makes up District 1 and New Brunswick makes up District 2.

Atlantic Region Representatives

Board Members
Reg Phelan

Reg Phelan

Regional Coordinator
Riley Côté-DeMerchant

Riley Côté-DeMerchant

Women’s Advisory Committee representative
Carina Phillips

Carina Phillips

Youth Advisory Committee representative
Phillipe Gervais

Phillipe Gervais

International Program Committee representative
Jessie MacInnis

Jessie MacInnis

Young people going to universities are more likely to become an “agricultural professional”, rather than a farmer. Even as these bright minds graduate from agricultural programs, farming is still not seen as a viable career option. Yet, never before have we relied on so few people to feed the Canadian population (1.6%) and never before have we been in a situation where 75% of farmers say they will sell their land and assets in the next 10 years. As a society, we are setting ourselves up for failure. Read more

Support for new farmers must include access to daycare services
The results of a recent survey showed that women make up the majority of new farmers in Canada.  No matter what role women are playing on farms in New Brunswick or elsewhere, the important thing is that they have the ability to choose which activities they partake in, and that these activities, whether physical labour or doing the laundry, are valued.
Soutien pour les nouveaux agriculteurs inclut l’accès au service de garderie
Depuis que l’agriculture existe il y a au moins 10 000 ans, les femmes y ont joué un rôle vital. Que ce soit au niveau de la cuisine, de l’entretien des maisons ou de l’éducation des enfants, la grosse majorité des fermes familiales ne tiendrait pas le coup sans le travail des femmes. De plus
NFU-NB welcomes Local Food and Beverage Strategy
Fredericton, NB— The National Farmers Union in NB welcomes the Local Food and Beverages Strategy announced today by Minister Rick Doucet.
L’UNF-NB accueille favorablement la nouvelle Stratégie sur les boissons et les
Fredericton—L’Union nationale des fermiers au Nouveau-Brunswick (UNF-NB) accueille favorablement la Stratégie d’alimentation et des boissons locales annoncée aujourd’hui par le ministre Rick Doucet.
Getting local food into restaurants: NB farmer and restauranteur shares her insights
When we started farming six years ago we had already been restauranteurs for seven years. It all began when we thought we would find a way to feed our growing family of three boys and one girl.
Comment approvisionner les restaurants en produits du NB – une co-propriètaire de restaurant et fermière partage son opinion
Nous avions déjà été restaurateurs pendant sept années quand, il y a six ans, nous avons commencé à pratiquer l’agriculture. Le tout a commencé lorsque nous avons pensé qu’il fallait trouver une façon de nourrir nos trois garçons et notre fille qui grandissaient.

, Region 1, District 1 (Prince Edward Island) Presentation to the House of Commons’ International Trade Committee Public Consultation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Charlottetown Download PDF version Transcript of Presentation () opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and recommends it not be ratified by Canada. Our comments will focus Read more