Union Farmer Newsletter: January 2017
NFU on Parliament Hill • Next Agricultural Policy Framework • Study on the acquisition of farmland in Canada and its potential impact on the farming sector Read more
Equity or Equitable? – MPAC Assessments Highlight Farmland Challenges
Recently, farm families across Ontario have received MPAC notices reflecting dramatic changes in values. In some cases, assessment estimates are doubled from 2012. Read more
NFU-O urges retention of Central Experimental Farm for agriculture
Ottawa, ON—National Farmers Union-Ontario members recently attended the public consultation hosted by the National Capital Commission and urged the NCC to protect farmland and increase public agricultural research when formulating their report on the best site for the new Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital. Read more
Submission on the Development of the PEI Water Act
PDF Version <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanNFU District 1, Region 1</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanSubmission concerning</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanThe Development of the Prince Edward Island Water Act</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanPresented to the PEI Environmental Advisory Council </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanNovember 3, 2015 <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanThe members of the generation which is in power must not treat the earth as something given by their parents, but rather as something borrowed from their children. </em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(National Farmers Union Policy G-6 #1) Read more
NFU calls for Moratorium on Site C Dam
(Sept. 16, 2015) - The proposed Site C Dam on the Peace River in British Columbia would destroy lands that have provided food and cultural sustenance for First Nations for thousands of years. It would flood over 30,000 acres of fertile land in the Peace River valley, including over 7,000 acres of Class 1 and Class 2 land that is capable of producing an abundance of diverse fruits, vegetables and all kinds of other foods. Its long summer daylight hours combined with rich alluvial soils and the sheltered valley areas provide unique micro-climates and excellent growing conditions. The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is calling for a two-year moratorium on development of the Site C Dam. The Chiefs demand that the proposed project be referred to the BC Utilities Commission for a proper independent review, where testimony is done under oath and evidence can be cross-examined. Read more
NFU Submission to Saskatchewan Government Consultation on Farmland Ownership
Saskatchewan members of the National Farmers Union (NFU) are concerned about the trend towards increasing ownership of farmland in this province by farmland investors. We are pleased that the Government of Saskatchewan shares our concern regarding implications of investor ownership of farmland and is seeking the input of Saskatchewan’s people on this important topic. The NFU is a non-partisan, nation-wide, democratic organization made up of thousands of farm families from across Canada who produce a wide variety of commodities. Read more
NFU releases major report on land ownership and farm debt – “Losing Our Grip – 2015 Update”
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(March 10, 2015, Saskatoon) </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span– The National Farmers Union (NFU) has released a major new report, <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanLosing Our Grip - 2015 Update</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span, which revisits and expands upon the information and analysis of corporate farmland buy-up, farm debt and input financing published by the NFU in 2010. The update was undertaken to provide a well-documented assessment of increasing corporate control of farmland and the acceleration of farm debt, now approaching $80 billion. This report will allow farmers, the general public and policy-makers to critically examine the ownership concentration process and the financial mechanisms that facilitate them. The report concludes with a series of policy recommendations to reclaim farmer autonomy and food sovereignty. Read more
NFU Brief to BC Premier Christy Clark Re: Bill 24
April 30, 2014Hon. Christy Clark, PremierPO Box 9041Stn Prov GovtVictoria, BC V8W 9E1 (Email: premier@gov.bc.ca) Dear Premier Clark: Re: BILL 24, the AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION AMENDMENT ACT, 2014 The National Farmers Union (NFU) is deeply concerned about the changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act that your government is proposing through BILL 24, the AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION AMENDMENT ACT, 2014. We have prepared the following brief which we urge you to consider before taking any further steps to change BC’s farmland protection legislation. The NFU represents thousands of farm members in Canada, from coast to coast. Read more
Bill 24, The Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act, 2014
Download PDF version April 30, 2014Hon. Christy Clark, PremierPO Box 9041Stn Prov GovtVictoria, BC V8W 9E1 (Email: premier@gov.bc.ca) Dear Premier Clark: Re: BILL 24, the AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION AMENDMENT ACT, 2014 The National Farmers Union (NFU) is deeply concerned about the changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act that your government is proposing through BILL 24, the AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION AMENDMENT ACT, 2014. Read more
Bill 24, The Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act, 2014
Download PDF version April 30, 2014Hon. Christy Clark, PremierPO Box 9041Stn Prov GovtVictoria, BC V8W 9E1 (Email: premier@gov.bc.ca) Dear Premier Clark: Re: BILL 24, the AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION AMENDMENT ACT, 2014 The National Farmers Union (NFU) is deeply concerned about the changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act that your government is proposing through BILL 24, the AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION AMENDMENT ACT, 2014. Read more