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. Read more
A Food Policy for Canada
The NFU brief presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food promotes the idea that a food policy for Canada could usher in a holistic view of food and agriculture that would transform Canada’s farming, food processing and distribution system into one that makes food sovereignty a reality if the government decides to start building a food system that benefits Canadian farmers and consumers instead of accelerating down its current path which has only concentrated the power and wealth of multinational corporations and diminished the democratic space for elected governments. Read more
Bayer-Monsanto deal latest in agribusiness merger and acquisition trend
Saskatoon—Bayer’s September 14 announcement that it will buy Monsanto for $66 billion comes just days after fertilizer companies PotashCorp and Agrium confirmed their $30 billion dollar merger deal. Meanwhile, the Chinese agro-chemical giant, ChemChina is in the process of buying Sygenta for $43 billion. Dupont and Dow expect to complete their $68 billion merger by the end of this year. Read more
UNF Présentation au Comité sénatorial sur les priorités d’accès au marché international
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanPrésentation de l’Union nationale des fermiers au Comité sénatorial de l’agriculture et des forêts </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanÉtude sur les priorités d’accès au marché international concernant le secteur agricole et agroalimentaire canadien</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanPrésentation du 2 juin 2015</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanversion PDF Lire la transcription officielle de la réunion du Comité du Sénat avec témoin de Terry Boehm L’Union nationale des fermiers (UNF) est une organisation nationale bénévole, non partisane et avec adhésion directe, Read more
NFU brief to Senate study on international market access priorities
The NFU believes that international relations must be based on mutual respect for the whole of each society, that trade can be conducted fairly without destroying the cultural and economic institutions people have built, and that democracy means that people have a real say in the economic choices that affect their lives. We urge that the federal government develop a national food and agriculture policy that reflects these values instead of pursuing the ever-tightening noose of corporate control embodied in the FTAs. Read more
Conference Board of Canada’s ideas for changing Supply Management are ill conceived and self-serving
The Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) embraces the mantra that “all growth is good.”  Their plan to change supply management for growth is a prescription for weakening, if not eliminating, the three pillars of supply management for dairy production in Canada – production controls, import tariffs and farmers’ cost of production pricing -- in order to produce more milk, lower its price and increase exports. Read more
No to CETA, TTIP says La Via Campesina
On both side of the Atlantic, peasants, farmers, farm and rural workers refuse free trade policies. We maintain that CETA, the TTIP, TPP and related agreements are unnecessary for trade between countries, and that these agreements will limit the ability of elected governments to make laws, regulations, policies and programs in the interest of the public, farmers Read more
Seed companies, not farmers, will gain with Bill C-18 Royal Assent, says NFU
Saskatoon—On Tuesday, February 25, Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act, became law when it received royal assent. The new law, which brings Canada under the UPOV ’91 plant breeders’ rights regime, will come into force by Cabinet order. From now on, seed companies’ exclusive rights to control new varieties of seed have been expanded, they have gained new ways to collect royalty revenue from farmers and a longer, twenty-year royalty collection period (twenty-five years for tree and vine varieties). Read more
National Farmers Union Comments on Canada Transportation Act Review
<em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanThe National Farmers Union submitted the following comments to the Canada Transporation Act Review:</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span The National Farmers Union (NFU) would like to thank the Canada Transportation Act Review Panel and the Secretariat for the opportunity to participate in the CTA review process. The NFU generally endorses the joint submission put forward to the panel by the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission, and the Agriculture Producers Association of Saskatchewan. Read more
Walking Out on the Commons
On Thursday December 18th I was given the honour of representing the NFU at the Ontario Pollinator Health Plan’s Agricultural Stakeholders meeting. Unlike the other scheduled meetings, three in-person and the two online, this one was specifically for farmers and the agricultural industry. Read more