Union Farmer Quarterly:

Spring 2020

In this issue:

Messages from the Editorial Advisory Committee, President Katie Ward, Youth President Stuart Oke; Regional Coordinators

NEW MEMBERSHIP TYPE: What the Farming Unit means and why it was adopted

NOUVEAU TYPE D’ADHÉSION: L’unité agricole : définition et motifs de l’adoption


Knowing the borders of Canada’s Food Systemby Bryan Dale, Carla Fehr, and Jennifer Pfenning
Migrant farmer workers are among the most essential yet most vulnerable people in Canada’s food system. What are the implications during the COVID 19 crisis?

NFU Leadership tours Canada
NFU leaders toured the country in late February to talk with Canadian farmers, policy- makers, politicians and the general public about the NFU report, Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis: A Transformative Strategy for Canadian Farms and Food Systems.

Will Canada’s grain farmers be collateral damage in the rush to pass Bill C-4?by Cam Goff
Bill C-4 made a series of amendments to the Canada Grain Act which were not negotiated in CUSMA and have nothing to do with implementing the trade deal. Because all attention was focused on the CUSMA deal itself, these amendments evaded proper scrutiny by the House of Commons.

NFU’s efforts to get last minute amendments to Bill C-4by Cathy Holtslander, NFU Director of Research and Policy

Do you raise livestock?
We are getting our new NFU Livestock Policy and Action Committee started and we want to hear from you!

Challenging the Power and Control by a Few
The Emerging Issues Panel at the NFU 50th Annual Convention last November in Winnipeg featured three speakers – former NFU president Terry Boehm; York University Faculty of Environmental Studies adjunct professor Bruce Campbell, and Syed Hussan, Executive Director of the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change.

Sisters in Struggle! International Solidarity with Women of the MSTby Coral Sproule, NFU Women’s Vice President
Coral was one of the women in this international delegation from social and political organizations involved in many aspects of feminist empowerment. Read about this transformative experience in Brazil.