NFU Asks Premier Clark to Reconsider Bill 24
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanNFU Asks Premier Clark to Reconsider Bill 24</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span (<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanApril 30, 2014, </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanVictoria) Today the National Farmers Union (NFU) sent BC Premier Christy Clark a six-page letter detailing the organization’s concerns regarding Bill 24, the <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanAgricultural Land Commission Amendment Act</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span. The Bill, currently before the BC Legislature, would re-structure the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) decision-making processes and create a 2-tiered system that would result in most of BC’s farmland becoming more vulnerable to development pressure. “BC farmland has been protected by legislation, and as a result, BC has been much more successful that Canada as a whole in keeping both farms and farmers,” said Alberta dairy farmer and NFU President, Jan Slomp. Read more
BC’s farmland too scarce to lose, says NFU
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanFebruary 4, 2014, </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanVictoria, BC)</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span—The National Farmers Union (NFU) calls on the BC government to maintain the independent, quasi-judicial mandate of the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) as administrator of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) so that scarce farmland will continue to be protected. A Provincial Auditor’s 2010 report underscored the “fundamental importance of preserving agricultural land … given the uncertain effects of climate change on our food imports and our agricultural systems.” Read more
Losing Our Grip How a Corporate Farmland Buy-up, Rising Farm Debt, and Agribusiness Financing of Inputs Threaten Family Farms and Food Sovereignty
The land on which our food is grown is, to a significant extent, owned by local citizens and the families who work that land. This family farm model is widely supported—by farmers and non-farmers alike. But this model is under serious threat of extinction. And the issue goes beyond mere land ownership: the core issue Read more