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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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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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