Bill 6 a step forward for Alberta farms, says NFU
The Alberta government recently introduced Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, which, if passed, will require farms with one or more paid employees to carry Workers Compensation insurance. The National Farmers Union supports Bill 6, which is currently being debated in the Alberta Legislature. Read more
Protecting our Pollinators Protects our Farms, says NFU-O
(June 9, 2015, Guelph, ON) – The National Farmers Union in Ontario (NFU-O) welcomes today’s announcement by Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Honourable Glen Murray, that Ontario will introduce new regulations to reduce the overuse of neonicotinoid insecticides in agricultural practices in this province, effective July 1, 2015. “Bees and other insects are being exposed to neonicotinoids, not just during the planting of treated seeds, but for the whole growing season, because the insecticide is taken up by the plant and is found in pollen, nectar and guttation droplets, as well as in soils and water bodies,” notes Nathan Carey, farmer and NFU-O member. Read more
NFU warns of Bill C-48’s effect on feed mill licensing, low-protein wheat class proposals
(May 7, 2015) - Bill C-48, <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanAn Act to amend the Canada Grain Act</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span, introduced on December 9, 2014, would make significant changes to how the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) operates, change the CGC’s mandate and eliminate the CGC’s duty to report to Parliament annually. Read more
Submission to CGC on Licensing of Feed Mills
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanDownload PDF Version <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span"The Canadian Grain Commission is seeking input from feedmills, grain producers, current licensees, and other industry stakeholders on a proposal to license feed mills and to assist in the development of licensing requirements for feed mills. Read more
NFU Submission to CGC Consultation on Canadian Wheat Class Modernization
PDF version The National Farmers Union (NFU) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) proposed changes to Canadian wheat classes as presented in <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanCanadian wheat class modernization Consultation document, February 20, 2015</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span . 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
Seed companies, not farmers, will gain with Bill C-18 Royal Assent, says NFU
Saskatoon—On Tuesday, February 25, Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act, became law when it received royal assent. The new law, which brings Canada under the UPOV ’91 plant breeders’ rights regime, will come into force by Cabinet order. From now on, seed companies’ exclusive rights to control new varieties of seed have been expanded, they have gained new ways to collect royalty revenue from farmers and a longer, twenty-year royalty collection period (twenty-five years for tree and vine varieties). Read more
Walking Out on the Commons
On Thursday December 18th I was given the honour of representing the NFU at the Ontario Pollinator Health Plan’s Agricultural Stakeholders meeting. Unlike the other scheduled meetings, three in-person and the two online, this one was specifically for farmers and the agricultural industry. Read more
Key Points for Public Consultation on Pollinator Health
On November 25, 2014 the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change jointly released Pollinator Health: A Proposal for Enhancing Pollinator Health and Reducing the Use of Neonicotinoid Pesticides in Ontario. Comments on the proposal can be submitted up until January 25, 2015. Read more
NFU Submission on Flupyradifurone
November 3, 2014Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency Publications SectionPesticide Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA)Health Canada2720 Riverside DriveOttawa, ONK1A 0K9 Address Locator: 6604-E2 email: PMRA.publications@hc-sc.gc.ca To the Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency: <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanRe</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span:</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span Proposed Registration Decision PRD2014 – 20, Flupyradifurone</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span The National Farmers Union (NFU) welcomes this opportunity to comment on the proposed registration of Flupyradifurone. From the information provided by PMRA in relation to this consultation, we note that Flupyradifurone is similar to the neonicotinoid class of insectici Read more