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URGENT ACTION! – Have your say by tomorrow, April 21 on the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Issues, News | 0 comments

URGENT ACTION! The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is developing Regulations under the Safe Food for Canadians Act that was passed in 2012. These regulations affect the handling, shipping, and reporting procedures of primary producers, and may have an impact on you; as a farmer, and as an eater. The proposed regulations appear to be particularly prohibitive to the any farm grossing over $30,000 selling across a provincial border, direct-marketers, and the organic sector. The NFU-NB made a submission recommending ways to ensure that...

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Press Release: NFU-NB dismayed at false claims made by province on behalf of ‘100%’ of NB blueberry growers

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

  Fredericton, Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – In December, 2013, the Farm Products Council of Canada issued the New Brunswick Blueberry Order, a short document that gave Bleuets NB Blueberries (BNBB) the power to act as a marketing board and charge levies on all interprovincial and export sales. This Order refers to BBNB as a Commodity Board, which at the provincial level it is not and never has been.  Under the provincial Farm Products Commission it is an Agency, which limits itself to communications, liaison, research, and to develop...

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Press Release: Privatization of hospital food services unlikely to help NB farmers, says NFU-NB

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Fredericton, Friday, March 3, 2017 – The National Farmers Union in NB questions how the NB provincial government’s announcement from early February to sign a ten year contract with Sodexo will support the growth of the province’s farmers and our growing local food economy. The government has been working on concrete steps to meet the goal of getting 30% NB-produced foods into schools, with incremental steps starting in fall 2017.  The promise had been to start with the school system and then expand to the hospitals, nursing...

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2017 – 18 Provincial Budget

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in News | 0 comments

On February 7, the NFU-NB was present at the 2017-18 provincial budget lock in.  The NFU-NB had made a submission in December 2016 with our recommendations.  They included: Financial backing to bring the Local Food and Beverages Strategy to life The importance of maintaining and expanding NB rural Infrastructure Climate change adaptation research and programs for farmers A focus on new farmers Increased operational budget to increase services offered by the Department of Agriculture staff The budget does include a special allocation of...

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Farmland for FARMERS

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Originally published in Farm Focus, February 2017 By Katherine Aske   Since the 2008 global financial crisis, investing in farmland has become increasingly popular.  Bonnefield is a Canadian investment company that owns approximately 100,000 acres of farmland across the country, including NB. The company buys farmland owned by farmers looking to free up capital, or new farmland for farmers looking to expand, and leases it back to them. Once a transaction has been made, farmers almost never have the option to buy the land back. The NFU...

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Government Announces Long Awaited Agricultural Land Policy

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Minister Doucet announced the long awaited Agricultural Land Policy on January 19th.  This policy is the result of years of consultations and pushing from the agriculture sector to protect our farmland.  It has three main policy statements: The Protection and Preservation of Agricultural Land The Enhancement and Development of Agricultural Land Guiding Principles for Land Use Planning You can read the whole policy on the gnb.ca website.  On the whole, the NFU-NB is pleased to see this policy become a reality and we are eagerly awaiting...

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Building a thriving farm business takes time – and daycare support!

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in News | 0 comments

  The NFU-NB has been working on getting farm families access to the Daycare Assistance Program since 2012 when it was first brought up by our membership. After numerous meetings and media interviews, the program is finally under official review.  On February 2, 2017, the NFU-NB met with government representatives to discuss the unique needs of farm families.  Read our full submission at nfunb.org. This commentary is by Eva Rehak, former NFU-NB Women’s president and co-owner of Ferme Alva Farm.  She and her partner Alain farm...

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Message from the Women’s President – February, 2017

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in News | 0 comments

The following message was published in the NFU-NB’s Winter 2017 Newsletter.    In the winter months, farmers start planning the coming summer’s crops and livestock. While thinking about our next season I began to think about how, as a family and a restaurant owner, I only want to buy meat from farms that have “happy” animals. I aspire to only eat “happy” animals! This has got me thinking about what makes a happy animal, and what keeps an animal happy. A good farmer goes to extra effort to have healthy livestock. They make...

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Farm Financing Options Presented at New Farmer Event

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in News | 0 comments

  On January 29th, 2017, the NFU-NB and the NFU Youth from Region 1 held an event called New Farmers of the Maritimes: Financing through your community. They had several different speakers address different options for farm financing. To make the information from the day accessible to those who were unable to attend, we put short summaries of each presentation into a table, which includes links and contacts to reach out to to learn more! Click here to view the table of financing...

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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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