CBC news story a slap in the face of hard working Canadian dairy farmers
On Thursday’s CBC Vancouver noon news program, the business reporter made the odd announcement that dairy farmers in Canada are the second most uncompetitive in the world. Read more
Le président de l’UNF rencontre les dirigeants du secteur agricole de l’UE à Bruxelles; discussions sur la crise laitière et l’AECG
Le 19 septembre 2016, Jan Slomp, président de l'Union nationale des fermiers (UNF), a rencontré les dirigeants de la European Milk Board et les fonctionnaires de la Commission européenne à Bruxelles. Read more
NFU (PEI) Presentation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)
, Region 1, District 1 (Prince Edward Island) Presentation to the House of Commons’ International Trade Committee Public Consultation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Charlottetown Download PDF version Transcript of Presentation () opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and recommends it not be ratified by Canada. Our comments will focus Read more
NFU President meets with EU farm leaders in Brussels, talks dairy crisis and CETA
Courtenay, BC-On September 19, 2016, Jan Slomp, President of Canada’s () met with leaders of the European Milk Board and European Commission officials in Brussels. He was invited there to elaborate on his July 22, 2016 letter to European Union (EU) Dairy Commissioner Phil Hogan where he encouraged Europe to solve its ongoing dairy crisis Read more
NFU at Canadian Milk Matters Rally
Today, members of the National Farmers Union (NFU) join in solidarity with dairy farmers in concurrent rallies on Parliament Hill and in federal Agriculture Minister MacAulay's constituency, to celebrate International Milk Day, because “Canadian Milk Matters”. Read more
Letter: CETA – Cheese market concession denies livelihoods to nearly 400 young farmers
The loss of livelihood for Canadian dairy farmers is but one of many serious problems CETA would unleash if ratified. Read more
Democracy, supply management threatened
published in the Western Producer, February 4, 2016 The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism gives foreign corporations the right to sue our government if they believe their future profits will be reduced as a result of democratically enacted measures. While ISDS puts a chill on public interest regulation, the TPP also has more insidious Read more
TPP sets stage for 10-year phase-out of Canadian dairy, Harper puts taxpayer on the hook to cover cost, says NFU
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(October 5, 2015)</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span - The National Farmers Union (NFU) denounces the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would severely damage Canada’s supply managed sectors – dairy, chicken, turkey and eggs – and provide illusory market gains for other agriculture sectors such as beef, pork, grain and oilseeds. Today, all supply managed farmers earn their livelihood from the marketplace, but the TPP will deny them the ability to fully serve Canadian consumers. The government’s promised compensation to dairy producers for their losses will be borne by the taxpayer. The other 11 TPP countries would gain tariff-free access to 3.25 per cent of Canada’s current dairy market, 2.3 per cent for eggs, 2.1 per cent for chicken, two per cent for turkey and 1.5 per cent for broiler hatching eggs. Read more
TPP could be last straw for dairy sector, says NFU
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(Sept. 30, 2015) -</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span In spite of Trade Minister Fast’s denial of media reports that he has offered ten percent of Canada’s milk supply to the United States during this week’s Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, the National Farmers Union (NFU) remains concerned. During Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations the federal government made public promises to protect our supply management system, while behind closed doors it gave the European Union an additional five percent of our high-end cheese market. Canadian dairy farmers and processors will lose a total of nine percent of our cheese market to Europe if CETA is ratified. "The Harper government is hypocritical -- verbally defending supply management while in reality delivering death by a thousand cuts," said Jan Slomp, NFU President. Read more