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  • Call to Action: Bill C-18 | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    our inherent right as farmers to save reuse exchange and sell seeds Who controls our seeds needs to continue to be part of our political and public discussions What can you do Share this page with your contacts and through social media Continue to collect signatures and submit The Right to Save Seeds petition to your MP MPs from all political parties have presented our petition in the House of Commons it is an action they are expected to take on behalf of their constituents even if they do not support the petition Each time a petition is presented in the House it is a reminder to other politicians that Canadians want our laws to recognize the inherent rights of farmers to save reuse exchanges and sell seeds The petition is available athttp www nfu ca issue petition right save seeds At least twenty five signatures are required for a petition to be recognized Make copies of the Fundamental Principles of a Farmers Seeds Act and other NFU material to hand out at Seedy Saturdays conferences meetings and other public events over the coming months Available at http www nfu ca issue stop bill c 18 A federal election will take place in 2015 Candidates have already been or are being nominated to run for all parties Talk to your sitting MP and to candidates running in the election about the need for A Seed Act for Farmers Give them some reading material from the NFU s website and ask for their support to keep control of seeds in the hands of farmers and our communities when they are elected to a seat in the House of Commons Along with our partners in the Trade Justice Network the National Farmers Union is continuing to draw attention to the unprecedented power handed to multinational corporations through the Canada EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement CETA If CETA is finalized multinational seed companies will be handed powerful new enforcement powers to maintain their control over seeds When you talk with MPs candidates and the public about the need for a Seed Act for Farmers you can also ask them to not support CETA or other trade agreements with Investor State Dispute Settlement ISDS mechanisms or additional tools to enforce intellectual property rights such as gene patents or plant breeders rights The NFU appeared before the Agriculture Committee on December 4 as part of the committee s ongoing study of CETA Our brief on CETA will be posted on the NFU website shortly Renew your membership in and or make a donation to the National Farmers Union so that we can continue to work with you to advocate for a strong healthy democratically controlled food system based on the principles of food sovereignty The NFU does not accept sponsorships or funding from multinational seed and chemical companies so the donations we receive from our members and non farm supporters are critical to continuing our work Click here to join renew and or donate

    Original URL path: http://nfunb.org/en/2014/12/call-to-action-bill-c-18/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Will the Energy East Pipeline go through your farm? | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    traverse our province and the NFUNB is concerned the project could threaten the livelihoods of hundreds of farmers and agricultural workers in New Brunswick The Albertan company TransCanada Corporation is seeking approval to build upwards of 1 400 kilometres of pipeline in New Brunswick as part of its proposal to ship 1 1 million barrels per day of crude oil from the tar sands in Alberta to facilities in Quebec and Saint John The Conservation Council of New Brunswick is leading the effort here at home to inform people about the risks posed by the oil pipeline which if approved would be the largest in North America at 4 600 kms long The Council warns that the proposed route for the pipeline in New Brunswick crosses hundreds of acres of farm land many important waterways including the Miramichi St John and Tobique rivers and the Bay of Fundy and several watersheds critical for agricultural activities and our communities at large Construction of the pipeline has the potential to lower the property values of farmers living along or near the proposed pipeline while a spill caused from a break in the pipe would be devastating In the event of a spill one million litres of sticky oil would leak out in just 10 minutes enough to fill 353 Honda civics But YOU have a say on whether this project goes ahead The project must be approved by the National Energy Board and anyone who stands to be impacted by the oil pipeline can apply to participate in the energy board s review of the project which will begin in the coming weeks It is essential that the National Energy Board hear from farmers in New Brunswick before making its decision The Conservation Council of New Brunswick will be providing step by

    Original URL path: http://nfunb.org/en/2014/11/will-the-energy-east-pipeline-go-through-your-farm/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Registered Professional Agricultural Producer (RPAP) Program Changes | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    self sufficient general farm organizations By having a reliable source of funding these organizations can accomplish even more to the benefit of all agricultural producers Who is eligible to register Agricultural producers operating a farm business within the meaning of the federal Income Tax Act1 or start up operations following a management plan approved by the Minister are eligible to register How does the process work Eligible producers may voluntarily register by completing an application form and paying the prescribed fee All of these fees will be forwarded to accredited farm organizations for general funding purposes What are the benefits of being registered Registered professional agricultural producers RPAP card holders will be eligible for various government programs reduced fees for analyses done at the provincial Agricultural Laboratory the Farmer Purchaser s Permit for motive fuel to purchase tax exempt motive fuel and farm license plates and related motive fuel tax refunds Through the registration process you may also choose to become a member or renew your membership with one of the two general farm organizations How do I access the government program benefits After your registration has been accepted you will receive a card that identifies you as a Registered Professional Agricultural Producer RPAP This card known as the RPAP card will also show the registration number that has been assigned to your farm business By showing your RPAP card or using your farm business registration number you will be able to benefit from these government programs To read more frequently asked questions about the Farm Business Registry click here To download a copy of the registration form click here for a copy of the 2012 RPAP with Purchasers Permit Annual Report Still have questions about the 2012 2013 changes to the purchaser s permit To read more about the

    Original URL path: http://nfunb.org/en/2012/10/registered-professional-agricultural-producer-rpap-program-changes/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Le gouvernement Harper détruit le control des fermiers de leurs semences. | Union nationale des fermiers au Nouveau-Brunswick
    droits exclusifs sur les semences en leur accordant le contrôle complet sur la préservation et la réutilisation le conditionnement le stockage l importation et l exportation des semences Ils contrôlent maintenant qui peut être autorisé à faire aucune de ces activités déclarait Terry Boehm président du Comité de l UNF sur les semences et les échanges commerciaux Il ajoutait Les fermiers se voient accorder un privilège qui peut être retiré ou réduit de préserver et réutiliser conditionner et entreposer les semences pour leurs propres usages Le problème le plus immédiat c est que maintenant les fermiers ont seulement un privilège transitoire alors que les sélectionneurs ont des droits exclusifs permanents Ceci est une erreur une erreur une erreur déclarait Boehm Aussitôt que cette législation fut introduite l UNF a soulevé la question à savoir comment un fermier pourrait exercer son privilège s il ne pouvait pas entreposer de semences Grâce à la pression exercée par l UNF le seul amendement fait au projet de loi C 18 fut d inclure le stockage des semences dans le privilège des fermiers Cependant la question demeure qu est ce que le stockage signifie quand le sélectionneur se garde le droit exclusif de stocker les semences sous l égide de la même loi Nous pensons que cette législation est erronée et que les fermiers vont aboutir en cour à cause de cette erreur expliquait Boehm Cette legislation fait en sorte qu il est possible pour les compagnies semencières de prélever des redevances de fin de chaine sur toute la récolte d un fermier Elle accorde également aux compagnies semencières la possibilité de créer des monopoles pour contrôler la future sélection de semences par d autres grâce à la clause essentiellement dérivé dans la Loi qui donne aux sélectionneurs le contrôle complet sur toutes nouvelles

    Original URL path: http://nfunb.org/fr/2014/11/le-gouvernement-harper-detruit-le-control-des-fermiers-de-leurs-semences/ (2016-04-26)
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  • L’UNF a une nouvelle Directrice générale | Union nationale des fermiers au Nouveau-Brunswick
    apporte beaucoup d énergie et d enthousiasme à sont nouveau poste de Directrice générale d une des deux associations agricoles provinciales Je suis ravie de commencer ce nouveau poste L Union nationale des fermiers travail fort pour les fermiers au Nouveau Brunswick et partout au Canada depuis des années Les fermiers sont la base de la sécurité alimentaire régionale et quand les moyens d existence des fermiers sont mises en danger à cause des politiques et des programmes qui ne leurent béneficient pas nous sommes tous en danger Amanda est passionnée par la souveraineté alimentaire et la creation d un système alimentaire équitable Elle est très intéressée à entamer son rôle pour améliorer le succès et la vitalité des fermiers de la province ainsi que pour le développement de politiques agricoles progressives L Union nationale des fermiers UNF représente les familles fermières produisant toutes les denrées à travers le Canada depuis plus de quarante ans Les familles membres de l UNF croient que la ferme familiale est la méthode de production agricole la plus efficace et la plus appropriée Ses membres travaillent ensemble pour obtenir des politiques agricoles qui assurent la dignité et la sécurité du revenu pour les familles fermières tout en améliorant la terre pour les générations futures L UNFNB appuie les achats locaux et elle travaille avec le gouvernement et autres organismes à but non lucratif tel le Conseil de la conservation du Nouveau Brunswick sur la campagne Manger Local afin d aider les fermiers et les consommateurs de connecter plus directement L un des objectifs d Amanda est d augmenter le nombre de membres de l UNFNB Restez à l écoute pour des événements et des visites dans votre région durant les prochains mois Communiquez avec elle si vous avez des questions à propos de l

    Original URL path: http://nfunb.org/fr/2014/11/lunf-a-une-nouvelle-directrice-generale/ (2016-04-26)
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  • NFU in NB concerned Growing Forward programs do not work for Atlantic farmers | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    April 2013 National Farmers Union in New Brunswick NFU in NB President Jean Eudes Chiasson came away from the meeting with mixed feelings Mr Ritz says everything is on the table explains Chiasson This is good It gives us an opportunity to help shape the programs because so far Growing Forward has not worked for Atlantic Canada We lost our hog industry and much of our beef It doesn t work for the small farmers and in Atlantic Canada we are largely small farmers Ritz explained to the group of agricultural leaders that there are no industrialized countries that invest as high a percentage as Canada in agricultural risk management programs stating that 90 of the amount the federal government puts towards agriculture goes towards revenue protection leaving just 10 to for non business risk programs Maybe this is true counters Chiasson but other countries like the U S and the EU put a lot of money into the non business side of things They invest in innovative technologies that can help the farmers help themselves The NFU in NB feel is that the purpose of Growing Forward 2 should be to better accommodate farmers Current policies include removing caps and making it easier for large farms to get all the compensation Current policies include entering into further trade deals that place producers at risk from international price fluctuations as a result of increased export markets Current policies include a lack of careful planning for the impacts of climate change The National Farmers Union in NB says this is no way to accommodate farmers in New Brunswick and across Canada 30 Contacts Jean Eudes Chiasson NFU in NB President 506 775 6033 Melanie Jellett NFU in NB Executive Director 506 538 1189 Click here for a copy of the media

    Original URL path: http://nfunb.org/en/2012/09/nfu-in-nb-concerned-growing-forward-programs-do-not-work-for-atlantic-farmers/ (2016-04-26)
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  • NFU Calls for changes to Growing Forward 2 Safety Net Programs | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    farms instead of being used to help the biggest corporate farms grow even larger In a brief released today National Farmers Union recommendations regarding Business Risk Management Programs under Growing Forward 2 the NFU outlines ten policy recommendations that would improve the programs for the majority of farmers in Canada NFU research shows that the largest farms are receiving an increasingly higher portion of farm program dollars said Ann Slater Region 3 Ontario Coordinator The suite of BRM programs under Growing Forward 2 need to support the survival of small and medium sized family farms The agriculture budget is being cut back ten percent according to the federal budget We aren t being given details of any planned cuts but are being given hints that farmers will be asked to shoulder more risk said Terry Boehm NFU President But in large part these BRM programs other than AgriInsurance are needed because of the impacts of the government s direction especially their continued refusal to address the anti competitive behavior of oligopolistic railways grain companies meat processors seed and input suppliers Until we have a food sovereignty based agri food policy in Canada there will be a need for safety net programs to help family farmers survive the on going farm income crisis said Slater A new approach is needed for Canada s agri food policy one which changes the balance of power within the food system and allows family farmers to receive a just livelihood 30 For more information See National Farmers Union recommendations regarding Business Risk Management Programs under Growing Forward 2 See Summary of Recommendations Terry Boehm NFU President 306 255 2880 Ann Slater NFU Region 3 Ontario Coordinator 519 349 2448 Cathy Holtslander NFU Director of Research and Policy 306 652 9465 Receive the monthly NFUNB E

    Original URL path: http://nfunb.org/en/2012/08/nfu-calls-for-changes-to-growing-forward-2-safety-net-programs/ (2016-04-26)
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  • NFU Regional Meeting: Another successful event! | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    farm base in an ever changing marketplace NFU Regional Coordinator Randall Affleck from Bedeque PE spoke about the devastating effect of drought conditions in parts of Ontario and elsewhere this summer Affleck said other issues being addressed by the NFU nationally include the troubling trend of increasing foreign ownership of farm land referred to as land grabbing He said this leads to more farmers working as tenants while farm debt continues to rise Quoting Statistics Canada he noted the troubling increase in national farm debt up from 65 4 billion in 2010 to 69 6 billion in 2011 Affleck also stressed the importance of the Canadian supply management system in stabilizing consumer prices and providing fair returns to producers The NFU continues to work with other organizations to lobby government to protect this unique marketing system Affleck warned that international trade deals like the proposed Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement CETA with the European Union no longer address food security and local economic development and that if signed CETA could negatively affect Canadian farmers ability to compete with cheaper imports in the domestic marketplace Trade agreements lead to a loss of policy tools Affleck stated resulting in less market power for

    Original URL path: http://nfunb.org/en/2012/08/nfu-regional-meeting-another-successful-event/ (2016-04-26)
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