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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 efficient and competitive practices in the industry. ...

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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 homes and other institutions once the local...

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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 $445,000 for the Local Food and Beverages Strategy,...

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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 was present at a recent presentation Bonnefield...

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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 the next steps towards its implementation. The...

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