Urgent Action Alert: Comments on proposed food safety regulations
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has proposed a major change to food safety regulations. If these regulations are adopted they will increase farmers’ costs, increase the cost of food, make it much harder for small fresh fruit and vegetable farmers to survive and would severely damage, if not destroy, the organic sector. Please read Read more
Safe Food for Canadians regulations
The NFU has provided three submissions to the consultation on the proposed Safe Food for Canadians regulations. The NFU Direct Marketing Committee letter focusses on the implications for farms that do direct marketing in communities that straddle provincial boundaries. The NFU in New Brunswick submission focusses on implication for New Brunswick farmers. The NFU submission prepared by the national office focussed on implications for fresh fruit and vegetable growers and for the organic sector. (Click on the highlighted links to read the full submissions) Government report on consultation process: What We Heard Report – The Proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations Consultation Read more
Saskatchewan budget makes life harder, more expensive, more isolated for rural people, says NFU
The Saskatchewan government's 2017 budget will make life more difficult for farmers and other rural residents while giving corporations and the extractive industries unnecessary tax breaks. Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: March 2017
The Case for a Carbon Tax • Neonicotinoids under review: PMRA proposes phase‐out of imidacloprid and launches review of clothianidin or thiamethoxam • The Public Trust PR Campaign: Agribusiness efforts to avoid public regulation • Grain farmers—we want to hear from you! • Do Farmers Really Believe a Market Exists For Grain Sales? Read more
Free Trade, Rural Canada and How to keep Canada from being Trumped
We need an agenda for agriculture that makes rural quality of life and viable family farms the priority. Read more
Cattle producers affected by TB quarantine need immediate relief
The National Farmers Union (NFU) urges federal Agriculture Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, and his provincial counterparts, Hon. Oneil Carlier (Alberta) and Hon. Lyle Stewart (Saskatchewan), to provide immediate relief to cattle farmers affected by the expanding quarantine measures required in response to the discovery of Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) infection of six Alberta animals. Read more
NFU-NB welcomes Local Food and Beverage Strategy
Fredericton, NB— The National Farmers Union in NB welcomes the Local Food and Beverages Strategy announced today by Minister Rick Doucet. Read more
L’UNF-NB accueille favorablement la nouvelle Stratégie sur les boissons et les
Fredericton—L’Union nationale des fermiers au Nouveau-Brunswick (UNF-NB) accueille favorablement la Stratégie d’alimentation et des boissons locales annoncée aujourd’hui par le ministre Rick Doucet. Read more
A system that leaves producers out by design
New Brunswick wild blueberry producers have faced one of the hardest seasons in history. Read more
Un système qui laisse les producteurs de côté à dessein
Les producteurs de bleuet sauvage du N.-B. ont fait face à une des plus difficiles saisons de leur histoire. Read more