Priority Areas

Highlights of our work in 2016 – 2017

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Click on the image to see a summary of our work this past year.  To obtain copies of any of the submissions made to government find them on our website or contact us.

 

 

Three year strategic plan

In 2015 the NFU-NB embarked on a three year strategic planning process.  The strategic plan will guide our work from 2016 – 2018.  The key priority areas and goals are outlined below.  Please check back as updates will be posted in each area as we move forward.   If you have an active interest in a certain area and would like to get involved please contact the office at info@nfunb.org.

Community Vision

Thriving family farms contribute to sustainable rural development, support their communities and steward their land while providing good jobs and healthy food for the people of New Brunswick

Guiding Principles

  • Prosperity – Farmers should receive fair prices for the food they produce ensuring the vitality and sustainability of the family farm.
  • Food sovereignty – New Brunswick residents have a right to control their own healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods within their own agricultural system.
  • Bilingualism – Our anglophone and francophone members have equal right to engage with the NFU-NB in their own language.
  • Advocacy and activism – We use traditional means of advocacy and  direct public action to bring about policy change.
  • Regenerative agriculture – Agriculture should have a positive role in building healthy soil, regenerating eco-systems and fighting climate change.

Strategic Priorities

  1. Sell more product locally to meet demand
  2. Support the maintenance and development of social and agricultural rural infrastructure
  3. Recognize and support women farmers
  4. Promote environmental sustainability

1.    Sell More Product Locally to Meet Demand

Research is the foundation of sound policy. Currently, there is a lack of data in NB about the quantity and value of food produced and sold in NB. Estimates are that 95% of the NB food dollar is spent on imported food. Sound market research will provide producers the opportunity to make informed, more profitable business and growing decisions.

Goals

a.        Increase understanding of consumer demand for products and varieties that are being produced in NB

b.       Identify wholesale and retail opportunities for NB produced products including institutional contracts and large retail chains

c.        Accelerate value-added transformation

d.       Enhance enterprise skills for new and current producers

e.       Build technical capacity for growing food in N.B. soil and climate conditions

 

2.    Support the Maintenance and Development of Social and Agricultural Rural Infrastructure

Farms are a vital part of rural New Brunswick and they contribute to thriving rural communities. Advocating to maintain eroding public funding for rural infrastructure will make it possible to retain and attract families to rural areas.

Goals

a.        Increase access to rural services, agricultural support and other rural infrastructure, leading to improved social, educational, cultural and economic outcomes

b.       Co-create land use and access to land policies with government and other invested stakeholders

c.        Develop agriculture education policy for high schools to encourage and support new and younger farmers

d.       Accelerate the growth of meaningful rural employment opportunities in the agriculture and agriculture support sectors

e.       Introduce group health care coverage with an NFU group health plan for farm families and their employees

 

3.   Recognize and Support Women Farmers

Family farms are owned and run by families.  Women’s roles on farms range from sole owner, to partner, to off-farm income generator. Understanding, acknowledging and supporting those roles more completely will lead to better family farm outcomes.

Goals

a.        Improve knowledge and celebrate the achievements and contributions of women farmers

b.       Increase women’s participation in farm management and the ownership and (co-)operate their own farms

c.        Encourage higher participation of women in farm meetings and events

4. Promote Environmental Sustainability

The environment is an economic issue. Sustainable farming is about stewarding the land for future generations while building and operating a sustainable, viable business.

Goals

a.        Increase public awareness of the broad value created from sustainable and regenerative farming practices that reduce environmental impact and dependence on fossil fuels

b.       Improve member access to and expand funding opportunities available for transition to innovative technologies

c.        Create training opportunities for farmers to develop the new knowledge and skills required to manage the reduction of input costs (including energy)