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 the Regulations are more balanced and fairer to...

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Commentary: Support for new farmers must include access to daycare services

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Issues, New entrants, News, Press release | 0 comments

November 8, 2016 Agriculture has existed for over 10,000 years, and ever since it began, women have played a vital role. Whether working in the kitchen, keeping house or educating children, the large majority of family farms wouldn’t have a shot without the work of the women.  More and more, women are not just participating in the domestic work, but are also running the farms themselves. The results of a recent survey showed that women make up the majority of new farmers in Canada.  No matter what role women are playing on farms in New Brunswick or elsewhere, the important thing is that...

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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 has been successful overall despite some growing...

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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 decades, many have sprung up in the past couple years...

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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 make them known and we will pass them...

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Local Food Security Bill – Update

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Issues, News | 0 comments

After many years of calling on various governments to implement a local food policy that allows farmers access to local markets, increasing local food consumption and awareness in the province, an opportunity arose to support and implement legislation that would strengthen the agriculture industry, provide farmers access to government and institutional contracts and teach food production skills in schools. In January 2015 when members of the NFU-NB board of directors met with the new Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries, Hon. Rick Doucet, we asked for a local food strategy to...

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