Commentary: A system that leaves producers out by design

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in News, Press release | 0 comments

Commentary: A system that leaves producers out by design September 19, 2016 NB wild blueberry producers have faced one of the hardest seasons in history: strong NB yields, record low prices, closure of buying stations, a new processing plant that was not built to receive berries harvested in small boxes like most producers are currently set up to harvest in, excellent yields in Quebec and surplus from last season has worked itself into a perfect storm that has tensions running high and stress levels through the roof for many...

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Press release: NFU-NB disappointed with government inaction with regards to ongoing wild blueberry crisis

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Issues, News, Press release | 0 comments

  NFU-NB disappointed with government inaction with regards to ongoing wild blueberry crisis Press release – For Immediate Release (Tuesday, September 13, 2016) – The National Farmers Union in New Brunswick condemns the Government of New Brunswick’s lack of interest and support of wild blueberry producers in the face of this year’s low prices and market access crisis.  Many government staff, including the Assistant Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries continue to applaud the season saying that it...

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Growing Forward 2: Individual Farmer Training Program

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in News | 0 comments

As mentioned in the NB Family Farmer – Summer 2016 Edition Growing Forward 2 offers Funding for Individual Farmer Training Is there a conference, workshop or training opportunity coming up that you would like to participate in? Growing Forward 2 offers funding to help farmers pay for training opportunities including agriculture related training, technical skills development, marketing, human resource management and business development.  Funding covers up to 70% of registration fees and up to 40% of other eligible costs, and more if...

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Commentary: Rehabilitation through Farming

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in News, Press release | 0 comments

Rehabilitation through farming – Commentary September 7, 2016 Ted Wiggans, president, National Farmers Union in New Brunswick, has been farming for the past 30 years near Harvey Station and has 20 years’ experience working in Corrections in NB, SK, ON Prison farms, created in the 1880’s, were initiated to produce food for institutions and to make sure inmates were subject to hard labour.  Over time, prison farms evolved in to programs for training and rehabilitation.  During the late 1950’s and 60’s these operations became farm...

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Commentary: Farmers Markets without Farmers

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Issues, News, Press release | 0 comments

Farmers’ Markets Without Farmers by Katherine Aske, NFU-NB Communications and Membership Coordinator ***note: this commentary was submitted to the Telegraph Journal on August 29, 2016 and was reproduced in part or in whole in the Victoria Star and the Telegraph Journal*** NB now proudly boasts more than 40 farmers’ markets across the province.  While working to create a map of these markets, the National Farmers Union in NB has had the great pleasure of visiting over 30 of them this summer. Although some markets have been around for...

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Press Release: The National Farmers Union in NB applauds focus on New Farmers in the NB Economic Growth Plan

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in News, Press release | 0 comments

The National Farmers Union in NB applauds focus on New Farmers in the NB Economic Growth Plan For immediate release September 6, 2016 – The new NB Economic Growth Plan places new farmers on the list of priority areas to grow New Brunswick’s economy.  The National Farmers Union in NB has been working on and advocating for a comprehensive, interdepartmental effort to create opportunities for new entrants in agriculture in recent years and welcomes this announcement. During a briefing meeting this morning before the official plan launch,...

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NFU-NB makes presentation to the Select Committee on Climate Change

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Issues, News, Publications | 0 comments

On Thursday, September 1, Ted Wiggans, NFU-NB president and Amanda Wildeman, NFU-NB executive director made a presentation to the Select Committee on Climate Change. This eight person, all-party committee is hearing government departments, non-governmental associations and individuals as they travel around the province to hold public meetings.  Below is the text of our submission. Click here to download the PDF version here. We are continuing to make recommendations to the committee so if you have additional farmer-driven solutions, please...

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Media Advisory: Farming for the Future – NFU Regional Convention Announcement

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Events, News, Press release | 0 comments

Media Advisory For immediate release Farming for the Future: Opportunities in a changing climate NFU Region 1 Convention (Fredericton, Tuesday, August 2, 2016)  Farmers are on the front lines of climate change, as we are among those who most depend upon a favourable climate and weather conditions to earn a livelihood. We need climate stability to produce our crops, raise our livestock and maintain the health of our agriculture ecosystem – and to provide the food Canadians eat. We are also in a position to make significant impact on...

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Farming for the Future: NFU Region 1 Convention – Aug 10, 2016

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Events, News | 0 comments

  We invite you to attend the 2016 Region 1 Annual Convention on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at the Cornhill Community Hall 1205 Baseline Road, Cornhill, NB.  Registration will begin at 9:30 am.  Come early for coffee and homemade baking!   Convention will begin at 10 am and adjourn at 4:15 pm.  The registration fee is $20 and includes lunch at Cornhill Nursery Café at 2700 Route 890, Cornhill, NB. We are pleased to announce three excellent guest speakers and NFU members who will be sharing their experience and knowledge on the...

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Open Letter to Premier Gallant

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in News, Press release | 0 comments

Tuesday, June 28, 2016, Fredericton, NB   Dear Premier Gallant, During last week’s interview on CBC’s Information Morning a caller asked what your government is doing to attract and support new farmers.  You responded that the Agriculture Summit held last fall in Grand Falls was a success and that supporting new farmers is something that was heard loud and clear.  You also said that you welcomed feedback and guidance as how exactly to go about implementing supports for new farmers.  Below are some ideas on programs and processes...

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