Canada’s beacon to dairy farmers around the world must not be extinguished!
With President Trump’s “America First” rhetoric it looked like NAFTA renegotiations would end in a stalemate, but Canadian give-aways to appease Trump are keeping NAFTA alive. Farmers and consumers must not be complacent regarding the federal government's political commitments to defend supply management against Trump's demands. Read more
NFU Remembers Shiv Chopra
The National Farmers Union (NFU) offers condolences to the family of Shiv Chopra, who passed away on January 7, 2018. Many will remember him as the Health Canada whistleblower who was fired from his job for speaking out against the use of growth hormones to increase milk production in dairy cattle. Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: May 2017
Cross border connections – farmers working together for better dairy policy • Proposed Safe Food for Canadians regulations at odds with food policy mandate • Innovation – Product or Knowledge? • Consultation on Cash Ticket Deferrals Read more
Canada’s NFU tweets President Trump a solution to US dairy crisis
Courtenay, BC—Today, the President of National Farmers Union (NFU) sent US President Donald Trump a letter via Twitter, encouraging him to adopt a solution that would make America’s dairy farmers great again. “In President Trump’s speech on Tuesday, he said he wasn’t just looking for answers, he is looking for a solution,” said Jan Slomp, NFU President. “We decided to share with the President the principles of a system that will work for dairy farmers, rural communities, processors, workers, consumers and governments." Read more
TPP – Open Letter to Trade Ministers Meeting in Chile, 14-15 March 2017
has joined over 200 organizations from Pacific Rim countries who are calling upon Trade Ministers meeting in Chile this week to abandon the TPP model and instead join with citizens in a more open and democratic process to develop alternative approaches to international trading relationships that genuinely serve the interests of our peoples, our nations Read more
NFU Response to European Parliament provisional ratification of CETA
CETA offers the language of prosperity and progress, but in reality, accelerates income inequality and grassroots unrest. Read more
CBC news story a slap in the face of hard working Canadian dairy farmers
On Thursday’s CBC Vancouver noon news program, the business reporter made the odd announcement that dairy farmers in Canada are the second most uncompetitive in the world. Read more
Le président de l’UNF rencontre les dirigeants du secteur agricole de l’UE à Bruxelles; discussions sur la crise laitière et l’AECG
Le 19 septembre 2016, Jan Slomp, président de l'Union nationale des fermiers (UNF), a rencontré les dirigeants de la European Milk Board et les fonctionnaires de la Commission européenne à Bruxelles. Read more
NFU President meets with EU farm leaders in Brussels, talks dairy crisis and CETA
Courtenay, BC-On September 19, 2016, Jan Slomp, President of Canada’s () met with leaders of the European Milk Board and European Commission officials in Brussels. He was invited there to elaborate on his July 22, 2016 letter to European Union (EU) Dairy Commissioner Phil Hogan where he encouraged Europe to solve its ongoing dairy crisis Read more
Letter on EU dairy crisis sent to Ag Commissioner Hogan
On April 1, 2015, the European Union ended its dairy quota system. The new policy was based on the assumption that Europe would export milk to large markets such as Russia and China, as well as obtain increased access to Canada's fine cheese market via the CETA Agreement. These markets have not materialized due to political and economic factors. The NFU wrote to the EU's agriculture commission encouraging him to adopt a better solution: a Canadian-style supply management system. Read more
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