Executive Summary Growing concerns over a “farm labour crisis” or “farm labour shortage” have not taken into account the unique labour conditions on small and mid-sized farms. There is a need to reframe the discussion on the farm labour crisis to better understand how labour shortages are felt and understood within smaller operations compared with
On March 18th, the National Farmers Union (NFU) released a new report: Imagine If… A Vision of a Near-Zero-Emission Farm and Food System for Canada. The report takes a 2030 viewpoint and invites readers to imagine a wide range of positive policies and on-farm measures implemented in the 2020s to reduce food-system emissions and increase
On the Canadian Prairies, small and medium-sized family farms are often portrayed as the primary food production units. Yet, the reality of farming in Western Canada is quite different. In fact, a small and declining number of farms are operating the lion’s share of Prairie farmland and capturing the lion’s share of farm revenue and
How the National Farmers Union Resists Agribusiness and Creates Our New Food Future Edited by Annette Aurélie Desmarais Who grows the food we eat? How important is it that family farms are viable in Canada today and in the future? How do viable family farms help determine the safety, diversity and sustainability of Canada’s food systems?
By publishing Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis, the NFU signals its commitment to participating in a meaningful conversation among farmers, scientists and policymakers that will evolve as our understanding and knowledge increases. The farm crisis is real, as is the climate crisis. Left unchecked, the climate crisis will dramatically deepen the income
For more than 50 years, the National Farmers Union members have been on the front lines, defending farmers’ interests and advocating for better ways. The NFU has taken on — and very often won — the difficult but critical struggles within the Canadian agricultural and food systems. This booklet, prepared for the NFU’s 50th anniversary
The stated desire to expand the volume of US wheat exports into Canada is not a believable reason for demands to gain access to our grading system. However, it would benefit the multinational grain companies that support the US wheat lobby to dismantle our CGC grading system and instead have all wheat sold on specifications instead of by class and grade.
The CGC is the federal government agency that regulates grain handling in Canada and certifies the quality, safety and quantity of export shipments of Canadian grain.
Protection of farmland and access to land by new farmers is one of our key priorities. We collaborate with a number of organizations to offer succession planning resources and promote policies that protect farmland for future generations. NFU-O is now partnering with Young Agrarians in Ontario to offer more resources and programming to support new
(Please download the PDF version to view all the graphs) What is glyphosate? Glyphosate, pronounced GLY‐fuh‐sate, is a non‐selective, systemic herbicide. This means that it kills all types of plants by affecting all parts of the plant – above and below ground. Glyphosate was discovered in 1950 and originally used as an industrial “descaling” agent