Churchill Worth Saving
Most of us take for granted that the majority of our roads and highways are publicly funded and built at cost in order to serve the overall public good. Read more
NFU Submission to CGC re Licensing Producer Railway Car Loading Facilities
PDF Version <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanNFU Submission to the </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanCanadian Grain Commission </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanregarding proposals to license producer railway car loading facilities, agents, and feed mills</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanAugust 31, 2016</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanThe </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanCanadian Grain Commission is seeking input on </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanwhat licensing requirements should be applicable to agents, <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanproducer railway car loading facilities</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span or feed mills, how its regulatory proposal would affect the interests of our members, and whether Read more
Letter: Public Safety at Canadian Railway Crossings
We, as the National Farmers Union, call upon this government to review and update rail regulations to restore a higher level of manicured property along rail crossings. Read more
Rail Service on Vancouver Island is Essential for Economic Development, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Sovereignty
The Nanaimo and Capital Regional Districts and several First Nation funders are unhappy with the lack of progress made by the Island Corridor Foundation to re-instate rail service between Victoria and Courtenay with a branch line to Port Alberni. Read more
NFU Recommendations for Solving Canada’s Grain Transportation Problems
PDF Version The following was sent to Transport Minister Marc Garneau on March 23, 2016: The transportation of prairie grain by rail is a critical element in Canada’s economy. The consequences of its success or failure are measured in the billions of dollars annually. The costs of dysfunction are inordinately borne by farmers who are Read more
CTA Review reflects previous government’s priorities, says NFU
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(March 1, 2016 - Saskatoon)</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span - The statutory review of the Canada Transportation Act was tabled in Parliament on February 25, 2016. The eighteen-month review required by the Act was initiated in June 2014. “The CTA Review was carried out by the previous government’s appointees, and its results predictably reflect an alignment with CN, CP and the multinational grain companies regarding grain transportation, contrary to the interests of farmers,” said Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union (NFU) President. “Our current government is not required to adopt any of the CTA Review’s recommendations. However, it does need to ensure the railways carry out their statutory common carrier obligations, which are a critical part of the Canadian rail system.” Read more
Bill C-48, An Act to amend the Canada Grain Act – Key Points
Download PDF version Prepared by the National Farmers Union, March 2015 <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanThe National Farmers Union urges MPs to vote against Bill C-48 because it:</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanstops the Canadian Grain Commission from carrying out its work in the interests of grain farmersallows government to end bond security system that now pays farmers if a licensed grain company defaultscreates room for political interference with Standards Committee appointments, a critical component of grain grading systemrequires imported grain to be given best possible Canadian gradeprovides government with increased powers that can be used to enfor Read more
National Farmers Union joins call for rail costing review and Maximum Revenue Entitlement adjustment
(April 2, 2015 - Saskatoon) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has added its voice to the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers and the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission in calling for a full rail costing review and adjustment of the Maximum Revenue Entitlement according to the results of the report, <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanEstimated Contributions Earned by Railways from Handling of Statutory Grains and Grain Products 2013/14,</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span by John Edsforth of Travacon Research Limited. “The last full rail costing review was done in 1992. The Maximum Revenue Entitlement, also called the Revenue Cap, is based on an estimate done in 2000-01. Back then there were 685 grain delivery points with 976 country elevators in Western Canada. Now there are only 272 grain delivery points and 342 country elevators,” said Jan Slomp, NFU President. Read more
NFU supports call for rail costing review and Maximum Revenue Entitlement adjustment
April 1, 2015 To: Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission Re: Rail costing review and Maximum Revenue Entitlement adjustment The National Farmers Union would like to endorse the report, <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanEstimated Contributions Earned by Railways from Handling of Statutory Grains and Grain Products 2013/14,</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span by John Edsforth of Travacon Research Limited, commissioned by your organizations.&nb Read more
National Farmers Union Comments on Canada Transportation Act Review
<em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanThe National Farmers Union submitted the following comments to the Canada Transporation Act Review:</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span The National Farmers Union (NFU) would like to thank the Canada Transportation Act Review Panel and the Secretariat for the opportunity to participate in the CTA review process. The NFU generally endorses the joint submission put forward to the panel by the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission, and the Agriculture Producers Association of Saskatchewan. Read more
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