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
NFU at Canadian Milk Matters Rally
Today, members of the National Farmers Union (NFU) join in solidarity with dairy farmers in concurrent rallies on Parliament Hill and in federal Agriculture Minister MacAulay's constituency, to celebrate International Milk Day, because “Canadian Milk Matters”. Read more
Letter: CETA – Cheese market concession denies livelihoods to nearly 400 young farmers
The loss of livelihood for Canadian dairy farmers is but one of many serious problems CETA would unleash if ratified. Read more
TPP sets stage for 10-year phase-out of Canadian dairy, Harper puts taxpayer on the hook to cover cost, says NFU
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(October 5, 2015)</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span - The National Farmers Union (NFU) denounces the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would severely damage Canada’s supply managed sectors – dairy, chicken, turkey and eggs – and provide illusory market gains for other agriculture sectors such as beef, pork, grain and oilseeds. Today, all supply managed farmers earn their livelihood from the marketplace, but the TPP will deny them the ability to fully serve Canadian consumers. The government’s promised compensation to dairy producers for their losses will be borne by the taxpayer. The other 11 TPP countries would gain tariff-free access to 3.25 per cent of Canada’s current dairy market, 2.3 per cent for eggs, 2.1 per cent for chicken, two per cent for turkey and 1.5 per cent for broiler hatching eggs. Read more
TPP could be last straw for dairy sector, says NFU
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(Sept. 30, 2015) -</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span In spite of Trade Minister Fast’s denial of media reports that he has offered ten percent of Canada’s milk supply to the United States during this week’s Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, the National Farmers Union (NFU) remains concerned. During Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations the federal government made public promises to protect our supply management system, while behind closed doors it gave the European Union an additional five percent of our high-end cheese market. Canadian dairy farmers and processors will lose a total of nine percent of our cheese market to Europe if CETA is ratified. "The Harper government is hypocritical -- verbally defending supply management while in reality delivering death by a thousand cuts," said Jan Slomp, NFU President. Read more