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
UNF Présentation au Comité sénatorial sur les priorités d’accès au marché international
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanPrésentation de l’Union nationale des fermiers au Comité sénatorial de l’agriculture et des forêts </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanÉtude sur les priorités d’accès au marché international concernant le secteur agricole et agroalimentaire canadien</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanPrésentation du 2 juin 2015</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanversion PDF Lire la transcription officielle de la réunion du Comité du Sénat avec témoin de Terry Boehm L’Union nationale des fermiers (UNF) est une organisation nationale bénévole, non partisane et avec adhésion directe, Read more
Conference Board of Canada’s ideas for changing Supply Management are ill conceived and self-serving
The Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) embraces the mantra that “all growth is good.”  Their plan to change supply management for growth is a prescription for weakening, if not eliminating, the three pillars of supply management for dairy production in Canada – production controls, import tariffs and farmers’ cost of production pricing -- in order to produce more milk, lower its price and increase exports. Read more
Agricultural Impacts of CETA
Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food regardingAgricultural Impacts of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade AgreementPDF VersionDecember 5, 2014 The National Farmers Union (NFU) welcomes the opportunity to present our views on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The NFU is a non-partisan, nation-wide democratic organization made up of thousands of farm families across Canada who produce a wide variety of commodities, including grains and oilseeds, livestock, dairy, fruits and vegetables. The NFU was founded in 1969. Our mandate is to work for policies designed to: Read more
CETA delivers lucrative markets to European exporters, empty promises to Canadian farmers, says NFU
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(Saskatoon, </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanSeptember 26, 2014)<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span -</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanToday the federal government is celebrating theCanada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in spite of massive opposition from citizens, including farmers, on both sides of the Atlantic. The text of the deal has finally been released, exposing its empty promises to the Canadian public only after the negotiations are closed. The National Farmers Union (NFU) has analysed leaked texts that show CETA will have huge negative consequences for Canadian farmers, our economy and our sovereignty. Read more
Vote with your food dollar, NFU Women’s Vice-President urges
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(June 10, 2014 - Saskatoon, SK) – </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanEaters (consumers) have the power to help farmers cover production costs and earn a decent income. Each person can “vote” with their food dollar by purchasing from local producers at farmers’ markets, through community-supported agriculture or farmer direct sales. This was the message from Marcella Pedersen of Cut Knife, SK, Women’s Vice-President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) who met recently with Ontario NFU members in London, Orangeville, Kingston, Renfrew and Ottawa. Pedersen stated, “People understand the concepts of food safety and food security, but few understand the principles of food sovereignty. Food sovereignty is based on local decision-making – farmers deciding what they want to grow and consumers deciding what they want to eat and who they want to buy it from. Read more
Protocol for Legal Sale of Fresh Unpasteurized Milk within the Supply Management System
December 2012The National Farmers Union (NFU) is a direct-membership, non-partisan national farm organization. Founded in 1969, and with roots going back more than a century, the NFU represents thousands of farm families from coast to coast. Through its grassroots democratic process, the NFU works toward the development of economic and social policies that will maintain family farms as the primary food-producers in Canada. Read more