NFU-NB disappointed with government inaction with regards to ongoing wild blueberry crisis
The National Farmers Union in New Brunswick condemns the Government of New Brunswick’s lack of interest and support of wild blueberry producers in the face of this year’s low prices and market access crisis. Read more
UNF-NB déçu de l’inaction du gouvernement concernant la crise des bleuets sauvages​ en cours
L’Union nationale des fermiers au Nouveau-Brunswick condamne le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick pour son manque d’intérêt et de soutien aux producteurs de bleuets sauvages qui font face à des prix trop bas et à une crise d’accès au marché. Read more
Port of Churchill Latest Casualty due to loss of Single Desk CWB
It was a previous Liberal government that privatized the railroads and allowed the sale of the Port of Churchill and Hudson Bay rail line to a Denver-based company called OmniTrax. Read more
NFU sends Ag Ministers input for next agriculture policy framework
In advance of the annual conference of Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Agriculture Ministers to be held in Calgary, July 20-22, 2016, the National Farmers Union (NFU) sent a letter to each of the ministers with input regarding the next agriculture policy framework. Read more
Letter: Re: Next Ag Policy Framework
The next FPT agriculture policy framework will be an important tool for shaping the future of farming in Canada. The NFU advocates for maintaining the family farm as the primary food producing unit in Canada. Read more
Federal Budget – The NFU’s Recommendations
The Federal Budget will be tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2016. () presented its recommendations to the House of Commons Finance Committee during its pre-budget consultation process. The is calling for the budget to: Rebuild agriculture institutions through return to prior funding levels (at least) and by renewing their commitment to the public interest. Read more
Bill 6 Benefits For Farmers Are Far-Reaching
On December 10, 2015, the Alberta Provincial Government passed Bill 6 – the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranching Workers Act. Until this time, farm and ranch employers were not required to register with the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) or provide any form of workplace insurance for employees. The Farming and Ranching Exemption regulation didn’t allow health and safety inspectors to enter or conduct investigations on farms and ranches where people, including children, have been seriously injured or killed. It is estimated that between 1990 and 2015, 9,000 workers have sustained injuries requiring hospitalization and approximately 400 people have lost their lives on Alberta farms and ranches. 65 were children. Read more
Coloured Diesel for Food Production Not to Subsidize Road Maintenance says NFU-O
The NFU-O would like to challenge the statement recently attributed to Dianne Saxe, Ontario’s new Environmental Commissioner (ECO), in which she called for an end to diesel fuel subsidies, including for farm fuel. Read more
Bill 6 a step forward for Alberta farms, says NFU
The Alberta government recently introduced Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, which, if passed, will require farms with one or more paid employees to carry Workers Compensation insurance. The National Farmers Union supports Bill 6, which is currently being debated in the Alberta Legislature. Read more
New Farmers Need New Government
There isn’t much talk about agriculture and the farm succession crisis this election. The political calculation seems to be that agriculture is a rural issue and rural issues don’t matter because they don’t swing votes. The assumption being that urban voters, who make up the majority, don’t understand or don’t care much about agriculture. Read more