Union Farmer Quarterly:

Fall 2018

In this issue

Messages from the Editorial Advisory Committee, NFU President Coral Sproule, NFU Women’s President Katie Ward, NFU Youth President Stuart Oke and Regional Reports.

Introducing Edith Ling of North Winslow, Prince Edward Island, whose volunteer contribution in the NFU has spanned decades.

Remembering John Alexander “Ike” Hendricken


The whole story must be told when it comes to dairy industry’s supply management — Doug Campbell, NFU District Director from PEI, responds to an article by the Fraser Institute, a right-wing think tank.

Experiences and work within the NFU– In preparation for the NFU’s 50th year in 2019, summer researcher Morgan Ryan-Roe interviewed several NFU members across the country about their involvement and what it has meant to them.

It is a Global Struggle: A report from the Global Encounter of Agroecology Schools and Processesand Spreading Knowledge on Agroecology, by Claire Davies and Josh Bateman, respectively, report on this summer’s Via Campesina educational encounter in Cuba. Claire says “Food is a form of power. It can be a source of oppression or a cause of conflict. At the same time, it can also be one of the most important and beautiful forms of identity and expression.” Josh says “In the opening session, each Region in LVC presented the situation in the struggle against capital. I found it almost eerie how similar these struggles are wherever you are in the world.”

Are we moving towards corporate colonialism? – Op-Ed by Ian Robson, NFU Region 5 Coordinator

NFU raises concerns about Eastern Wheat Class Modernization– A letter to the Canadian Grain Commission from the NFU outlining concerns about the proposed new Eastern wheat class that would have no merit requirements.

The Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing – $500 award for young writers, apply by November 1, 2018

National Convention Info

  • Hotel reservations – how to book your room by October 20 to get the special NFU price;
  • VIA Rail discount – how to save money on your train fare
  • Bursary information – application info for first-time convention-goers and donation info for people who would like to help them get there.