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Press Release: NFU-NB welcomes Local Food and Beverage Strategy

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

  NFU-NB welcomes Local Food and Beverage Strategy Press Release (October 19, 2016 – Fredericton) – The National Farmers Union in NB welcomes the Local Food and Beverages Strategy announced today by Minister Rick Doucet.  The NFU-NB has been an advocate for local food policy for nearly a decade, and we are pleased that this government is recognizing the important asset NB has in our agricultural land base, our farmers and our fishers. While a strategy is not as strong as policy, this local food and beverages strategy was...

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Commentary: Getting local food into restaurants – NB farmer and restauranteur shares her insights

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

Getting local food into restaurants: NB farmer and restauranteur shares her insights ***Note this commentary was first published in the Summer 2016 Edition of the NB Family Farmer as the Message from the Women’s president*** Commentary – September 29, 2016 When we started farming six years ago we had already been restauranteurs for seven years.  It all began when we thought we would find a way to feed our growing family of three boys and one girl.  We wanted to know what was in our food and what chemicals were going into our children...

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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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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 New entrants, 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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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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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 stop leukemia info com supports for new farmers.  Below are some ideas on programs and...

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World’s largest blueberry exporter – benefits beyond the GDP

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in News, Press release | 0 comments

Press Release Tuesday, April 26, 2016 World’s largest blueberry exporter – benefits beyond the GDP (Fredericton, NB) – The National Farmers Union in New Brunswick appreciates the government’s commitment to growing the wild blueberry sector.  NB is well positioned for this role we have land, the climate and the people to become the global leader in wild blueberry production and exports.  Further cooperation between government departments, farmers and processors will be essential in this success. The recent Crown Land allocation...

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