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New Farmers of the Maritimes: Financing through your Community – A Report on the Day!

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Hosted by the NFU-NB and the NFU Youth of Region 1 Written by Katherine Aske To see more photos from the day, click here. On Sunday, January 29th, at the Penobsquis Community Hall, over 40 new, experienced, and aspiring farmers came together to share ideas, inspiration, and food, and learn about innovative forms of farm financing. Let us first say how grateful we are to all who made the effort to come – thank you for helping to expand this network of like-minded family farmers! We were lucky to have clear roads and sunny skies, as farmers...

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New Farmers of the Maritimes: Financing through your Community

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Last year’s event “Fermenting the New Farm Culture” was such a success that we’ve decided we need to get together more often! We welcome all new and aspiring Maritime farmers to a day of learning, discussing, socializing, potlucking, and forest-walking! Let’s stay inspired through these winter months, and energize ourselves with new friendships and ideas for the work to come. This event is FREE, bilingual (simultaneous translation provided), and brought to you by the youth of the National Farmers Union in New Brunswick. Everyone is...

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President’s Message – November, 2016

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in News | 0 comments

An independent media is indispensable to civil society organizations such as the NFU.  The resources at the disposal of the NFU are miniscule when compared to that which provincial or federal governments or large corporations have at hand. The effectiveness of the NFU depends upon its ability to present its message to the public. It cannot afford to spend large sums of money on advertising or paid lobbyists. Government and corporate definitions of reality represent only one “truth”; however, the world is a complicated place which cannot...

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Putting the Local Food and Beverages Strategy to Good Use

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in News | 0 comments

October 26th, 2016 Background The National Farmers Union in NB has been advocating the benefits of local food for nearly a decade.  Countless meetings fell on deaf ears, when a response was repeatedly given that with a population as small as NB, we had to export. Today only 8% of our vegetables grown in the province, and we are only self-sufficient in our supply managed commodities (dairy, chicken, eggs, and turkey).  Potatoes, wild blueberries, maple syrup and seafood are all produced in abundance but some of these NB produced foods can be...

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CETA: What it is, how it will affect you

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in News | 0 comments

  By now, many of you have likely caught wind of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed on October 30th. With so many of these international trade agreements coming down the pipe, it can be difficult to keep them straight and to understand how they will affect you, your farm and New Brunswick. The NFU has been working hard for many years now researching and staying up-to-date on this deal and its implications. Below is a brief summary. CETA will bring many...

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Submission to the Provincial Pre-Budget Consultations

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in News | 0 comments

In December 2016, the NFU -NB made a submission to the Government of New Brunswick’s Pre-Budget Consultation. The submission focused on investments in the Local Food & Beverages Strategy, rural infrastructure, proactive climate change programs, support for new farmers such as access to daycare assistance programs, and the importance of extension services through the Department of Agriculture. To read the complete submission, click...

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Presentation to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food for their Study on the Next Agricultural Policy Framework

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in News | 0 comments

On December 8th, 2016 Ted Wiggans, NFU-NB President, and Amanda Wildeman, Executive Director of the NFU-NB, presented to the federal Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food for their study on the next Agricultural Policy Framework. The Framework will replace Growing Forward 2, and will determine where agricultural funding is allocated. In their presentation, they focused on three main topics: New Farmers, Business Risk Management, and Agri-Stability. To read the content of their presentation, click...

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Commentary: Support for new farmers must include access to daycare services

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Issues, News, Press release | 0 comments

November 8, 2016 Agriculture has existed for over 10,000 years, and ever since it began, women have played a vital role. Whether working in the kitchen, keeping house or educating children, the large majority of family farms wouldn’t have a shot without the work of the women.  More and more, women are not just participating in the domestic work, but are also running the farms themselves. The results of a recent survey showed that women make up the majority of new farmers in Canada.  No matter what role women are playing on farms in New...

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Commentary: Local food needs to be more than a logo for a t-shirt

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in News, Press release | 0 comments

On October 19th, I rearranged my day delivering CSA boxes in order to go to Bouctouche for the Liberal government’s announcement on the Local Food and Beverages Strategy. The whole thing didn’t last more than 15 minutes, and when it was over, I asked myself if maybe the first couple minutes I had missed had been particularly revelatory since nothing of great importance was said while I was there. After asking a few other people, I finally realized that the announcement did not clarify the content of the strategy, its objectives, the...

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NFU-NB urges government to quickly adopt and implement recommendations from Select Committee on Climate Change

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in News, Press release | 0 comments

Press release – Fredericton, October 31, 2016 On Monday, October 24, the Final Report of the Select Committee on Climate Change was released.  The all-party committee made strong recommendations to government including adopting the high targets suggested by the Conservation Council of NB of 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below 2001 levels by 2050, as well as recognizing the importance of current research in all sectors, especially agriculture, so that farmers have the knowledge and funding supports to be proactively adopting more...

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