Union Farmer Quarterly: Fall 2019
In this issue: Messages from the Editorial Advisory Committee, President Katie Ward, Youth President Stuart Oke; Regional Coordinators It’s a blast from the past! In celebration of the NFU’s 50th Anniversary, we are profiling some of the folks who have held national elected positions over the years, including Ann Slater, NFU Vice President (Policy), 2013 Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: October – November 2019
Inside this issue … Seed Synergy update: Seed industry groups are preparing to consolidate power in one big organization —  Five of the six Seed Synergy groups are trying to merge into one big group as part of their push to get control of Canada’s seed regulatory system. GM Herbicide-Tolerant Crop Concerns — Bayer is Read more
Federal Environmental Assessment of drainage project needed
Letter in support of Blackbird Creek Drainage Project designation under CEAA 2012
The NFU sent the following letter to Environment Canada: The National Farmers Union (NFU) supports the designation under subsection 14(2) of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) of the Smith Creek Regional Watershed Association Board’s proposed Blackbird Creek Drainage Project located approximately 50 kilometres east of Yorkton, Saskatchewan and approximately 6 km from Read more
Falling Number and DON as potential grading factors
NFU comments to the Canadian Grain Commission consultation
The National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased to provide comments to the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) in regard to Falling Number and deoxynivalenol (DON) as potential official grain grading factors. Canada’s grading system is necessary to maximize the benefits to Canadian farmers from the international trade in grain and the net foreign exchange earnings they Read more
Canada has lost credibility and grain customer trust thanks to deregulation
With the end of the Canadian Wheat Board, grain companies are now in a position to take huge profits out of the Canadian prairies. Both the Harper and Trudeau administrations have played right into their hands by destroying Canada’s international credibility that made customers specify “source: Canadian.” Read more
Farmers’ right to seed is a matter of principle
by Ann Slater Last December the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. This declaration was brought forward by La Via Campesina (LVC) – a global movement which brings together organizations representing small- and medium-scale farmers, peasants, agricultural workers, rural women and indigenous communities. The Read more
Seed Synergy: the back story
Over the last two months farmers have become aware of an ominous drive coordinated by elements of Canada’s seed industry and financially aided by our Federal Government that is attempting to eliminate our right to freely save and reuse our own seed. Read more
As if the USMCA dairy concessions were not bad enough…
It is deeply concerning, though not surprising, that the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) has at least three chapters that formally entrench corporate influence on government decision-making. Read more
NFU asks CGC Commissioners to uphold farmers’ interests and Canada’s grain quality standards
Saskatoon—On July 27, the National Farmers Union (NFU) wrote a letter to the three Commissioners of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) to express serious concerns about a proposal being developed for a new Eastern wheat class. Read more
Requesting CFIA to publish location of genetically modified wheat field trials
"The recently reported incident where wheat plants with a Monsanto-owned glyphosate resistance trait were discovered in southern Alberta is a serious wake-up call. The National Farmers Union is very concerned about the potential loss of Canada’s wheat markets due to contamination of crops and fields with genetically modified wheat escapes from experimental test plots." Read more