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
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
Agricultural Impacts of CETA
Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food regardingAgricultural Impacts of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade AgreementPDF VersionDecember 5, 2014 The National Farmers Union (NFU) welcomes the opportunity to present our views on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The NFU is a non-partisan, nation-wide democratic organization made up of thousands of farm families across Canada who produce a wide variety of commodities, including grains and oilseeds, livestock, dairy, fruits and vegetables. The NFU was founded in 1969. Our mandate is to work for policies designed to: Read more
PEI Organizations’ Brief on CETA
We believe that trade with other provinces and countries is essential to the economy of Prince Edward Island. However, the manner by which trade is organized and the rules which are applied to it determine not only who benefits from trade but also determine the role which public policies can play in ensuring that those benefits are shared as widely as possible. Read more
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