Region 1

NFU asks necessary questions
Calls for increased transparency, clear guardrails on spending, and a basic appreciation for the economic realities facing our farmers should be enthusiastically welcomed in a province that clearly values the benefits farms bring to our communities.
Where Your Money Goes Matters
The National Farmers Union (NFU) and most Islanders were relieved when the federal and provincial governments took quick action to address COVID-19. The measures put in place helped curb the spread of the virus and saved many lives here in PEI and in other provinces and territories. The government spokespersons showed caring in addressing sincere
Joint statement in regards to TFW restriction
TFW’s are an integral part of food production in New Brunswick. “This is cutting the means by which we have to produce. They want us to increase vegetable production but want us to hire people who may leave at the drop of a hat or before our season has finished”
Food and Agriculture – Lessons from the Pandemic
With the current corona virus crisis taking place on our planet, as farmers and as consumers, we should be ready to support health authorities everywhere in the world. This is also a situation that is conducive to reflecting upon the existing food system and on a new approach to it all. To date, we have
Coronavirus: Another layer of anxiety for farmers
We need to stop the viral threat of the industrial model of agriculture to farmers and to the land. Let’s stop saying, “when we get back to normal ...” The normal is pretty disastrous for farmers and the land. We can do better than the ‘normal’. Let’s find new ways together
Chickens greet opening of New Brunswick legislature
Fredericton – The National Farmers Union of New Brunswick (NFU-NB) will mark the opening of the NB’s Legislative Session by protesting with avian allies For more than ten years, NFU-NB has been campaigning for family farms and for recognition of agriculture as a driver of community economic development with adequate financial support. In these ten years,
NFU-NB to host La Via Campesina Youth Conference, Nov 11 – 15
International youth delegates will gather for a week to discuss topics including climate justice, popular peasant feminism and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants.
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
Pierre-Olivier Brassard

Pierre-Olivier Brassard

Regional Coordinator
Byron Petrie

Byron Petrie

Women’s Advisory Committee representative
Carina Phillips

Carina Phillips

Youth Advisory Committee representative

vacant

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