Federal Budget Creates Important Programs to Reduce Agricultural GHG Emissions
Today’s federal budget committed significant new money to programs to help reduce agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  New funding in Budget 2021 includes: $200 million over two years to fund programs to improve nitrogen fertilizer-use efficiency, accelerate cover crop adoption, and expand rotational grazing. In addition to new spending, the Budget allocates existing funds to create new programs, including: $60 million, over two years, from previously announced funding, for a reverse auction pilot program to protect wetlands and trees on farms;  $10 million to help farmers adopt clean energy solutions and begin to transition off fossil fuels; $50 million to help farmers purchase more efficient grain dryers; and Approximately $100 million of the money that farmers currently pay in carbon levies on natural gas and propane will be rebated back to farmers.    Read more
Rural Women Welcome Announcement of Childcare Funding in Federal Budget
 The National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased to see action being taken toward meaningful implementation of a universal child care program with the significance of $30 Billion allocated to the Early Learning and Child Care and Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care program marking a good first step. Read more
NFU Submission to Canada Grain Act Review
The National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased to provide input to the federal government’s review of the Canada Grain Act and the Canadian Grain Commission. The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC), the Canada Grain Act (CGA) and its regulations are foundational to Canada’s agricultural economy. The value that the CGC brings to the Canadians in general and to farmers in particular cannot be overstated. The CGC was established in 1912 to bring fairness, transparency, confidence, and order to Canada’s grain sector. The mandate of the CGC is “the Commission shall, in the interests of the grain producers, establish and maintain standards of quality for Canadian grain and regulate grain handling in Canada, to ensure a dependable commodity for domestic and export markets.” The CGC’s effective use of its regulatory authority and mandate is the solid foundation upon which the Canadian grain sector’s enviable reputation and excellent trade position has been built. The CGC’s mandate must not be altered. Canada’s many individual farmers share common interests and they must deal with grain buyers who are fewer, wealthier and much more powerful. The CGC mandate recognizes that the interests of farmers and grain companies are generally in opposition, and that is necessary to balance the lopsided power relationship with effective regulatory authority that safeguards the interests of grain producers. By growing crops, farmers provide the wealth that supports the whole grain trade and its tens of billions of dollars’ worth of annual spin-off multiplier effects in the Canadian economy. The CGC’s proper role is to ensure that farmers are treated fairly, not only when they make individual transactions with grain companies, but also by preventing corruption of the grain system as a whole. The CGC’s authority to establish and maintain quality ensures that the grain which farmers produce has high value, and retains its integrity and thus its value, through to its purchase by an end user. Read more
Supreme Court Decision on Carbon Pricing Important Step Forward
Le français suit NEWS RELEASE     MARCH 25, 2021 The National Farmers Union (NFU) applauds today’s decision of the Supreme Court of Canada to declare the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA) constitutionally valid.  This decision confirms the federal government’s jurisdiction to take strong national leadership action to curb greenhouse gas emissions and safeguard Read more
Open letter: Canada must support global access to COVID-19 vaccines at the WTO
This letter was sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on March 10, 2021.  Dear Prime Minister, Since the beginning of the pandemic, world leaders have repeatedly spoken of the need for global solidarity to get us all through this once-in-a-century health crisis. You were among the first to call for global equal access to COVID-19 health technologies. Read more
Action Alert: Your CFIA survey response is critical for seed quality and access to seed!
The federal government is doing a major review of the Seeds Act Regulations. The push for this review comes from multinational seed corporations that want the rules radically changed to serve their own interests. The first opportunity for farmers to provide input to let the government know what we need and want is a CFIA stakeholder survey to get input on potential changes to how seed is regulated in Canada. Please fill it in after reading the background information below. The deadline is Monday March 15. There is a link to the survey at the bottom of this message. Read more
Op Ed: PEI Government and Irving Work Hard To Keep Islanders in the Dark
By Edith Ling Those who have nothing to hide do not fear the light. Ethical people welcome transparency in their dealings and actions. They don’t hide behind the veil of privacy to cover the ways they manipulate laws for their own gain. They don’t hide behind the pretence that their secrecy is necessary for reasons Read more
Op Ed: US farm groups and unions ask Biden to end CUSMA attack on Canada’s supply management system
On February 1, American farm, labour and civil society organizations formally asked the Biden-Harris administration to withdraw the attack on Canada’s dairy sector initiated by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in the dying days of the Trump administration. In the first dispute launched under the Canada–United States–Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), the U.S. is challenging how Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: February 2021
In this issue … Save our Seed! Do the CFIA seed survey today! Farmland concentration a growing problem in Canada, warns report – by Lois Ross Ranchers, First Nations unite against Rocky Mountain coal mining – by Steve Edgerton   Save our Seed! Do the CFIA seed survey today By Cathy Holtslander, NFU Director of Read more
NFU says “Seeds Canada” name misleading, asks Minister to disallow
“Using the name “Seeds Canada” while advancing its members’ private interests through lobbying, surveillance and regulatory activities would surely cause confusion about government’s role in seed policy, regulation and enforcement,” said NFU member Cam Goff. “This jeopardizes the government’s reputation, and it calls Canada’s democratic values and public interest into question. Read more
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