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  • Kitchen Table Meetings – Join us in your area! | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    in your area Posted Jan 13 2016 January 21 25 26 27 See our events calendar for more information Receive the monthly NFUNB E news indicates required Email Address First Name Last Name Email Format html text Events No Events News New Farmers of the Maritimes Fermenting the new farm culture Canadian family farms in the twenty first century study looking for interviewees 2016 AGM Registration How to submit a

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  • NB Farmers and Food Sovereignty | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    here that we can see that the definition of food security is lacking The definition does not outline a path to follow who should produce this food how where and how it is distributed are a few of the questions still to be answered Fortunately we don t have to reinvent the next steps For as much as food security is the goal food sovereignty is the path to follow Defined by La Via Campesina the largest network of farmers in the world Food sovereignty is the right of people to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced by ecological and sustainable methods and their right to define their own food systems With this kind of definition one that speaks not only about access to food but also about production as well as communities and their peoples having control over their own food system we can be sure that we are on the right path With a clear definition of food sovereignty we don t risk that it will be appropriated by large multinational companies and chains companies producing genetically modified organisms who may be able to convince us of an honourable end goal to advance their own policy agenda Kevin Arseneau Rébeka Frazer Chiasson and Jean Eudes Chiasson receiving the Fiddlehead Award at the New Brunswick Food Security Action Network s Conference Octobe 2015 The definition of food sovereignty creates a crucial role for farmers since they are the foundation in the construction of our food system More than growing food for the sake of growing food or just to make a living like any other career we can see ourselves getting our hands dirty so that this work of creating a just fair and sustainable food system is something tangible and achievable It s perhaps in this way that

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  • NFU-NB Land Use Policy Recommendations | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    of the people who actually work the land by banning corporate farmland speculation and investment including pension funds And that the list of banned entities that can purchase or own farmland be in the Act but with a provision to add further entities in the regulations as they become relevant Recommendation 2 2 3 That the Agricultural Land Policy include specific provisions that limit farmland ownership to Canadians and residents who are actively involved in the operation of the farm business and to Canadian owned companies working in the province Recommendation 2 2 4 That the Agricultural Land Policy include a provision in the case where concentration of ownership appears to be undesirable so that regulation may be introduced to limit farm size that may be owned or controlled by any individual farmer farm corporation or cooperative farm based on any of the following criteria a given number of acres potential productivity of the soil industry standards for efficiency negative environmental impact or a concentration of ownership results in industry monopoly Recommendation 3 0 1 All land that is classified as farmland must be protected as farmland with limited options to change the land zoning Appeals to change zoning must be heard by a provincial board mandated by the Policy to protect agricultural land Provisions must be set out detailing the procedures in the case of the subdivision of farmland even if for continued agricultural purposes Recommendation 3 0 2 Municipalities LSDs and the province identify common use corridors for public utilities and subsurface resource infrastructure Recommendation 3 1 Prohibit topsoil mining in New Brunswick and seek other solutions to meet urban and industrial topsoil needs Recommendation 3 2 The Agricultural Land Policy and resulting regulations must actively promote and reward sustainable and regenerative farming practices Recommendation 3 3 Reciprocal respect and enforcement of set back distances to protect farmers from complaints as well as negative environmental impacts Recommendation 4 1 1 A complete overhaul of the Farmland Identification Program that includes annual renewal as well as changing the benefit from a tax deferral to a tax reduction For example a standard reduction to half of the provincial tax rate of 1 4573 per 100 00 of assessed value of registered farmland and farm outbuildings could be the baseline tax rate for all farmland To receive an increased reduction or complete elimination of all taxes on farmland the owner must demonstrate that good soil conservation practices are regularly undertaken This would provide incentive even for farmland owners who are leasing out their land to neighbours to continue good soil improvement practices To discourage absentee ownership we further recommend that land in the FLIP program must be owned or must be farmed by New Brunswick residents to receive any tax reduction Recommendation 4 1 2 Re evaluate the criteria around subdividing lots off of agricultural land while under the FLIP program to meet the new realities of farmers Recommendation 4 2 Establish a program similar to the former Land Development Corporation

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  • Publications | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    on Mar 20 2015 in Issues News Publications 0 comments New Report Reveals the Status of GM Crops and Foods in Canada 20 years after first GM approval information is lacking Download the full report here Press Release March 19 2015 Ottawa Twenty years after approval of the first genetically modified GM also called genetically engineered crops in Canada information on the amount and prevalence of GM foods and crops is lacking according to the new report Where in the World are GM Crops and Foods published by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network CBAN After 20 years we need to track where GM foods are on grocery store Read More Congratulations to this year s David Frost Memorial scholarship winners Posted by Director on Sep 5 2012 in News Publications 0 comments Winners of the 2012 NFU in NB David Frost Memorial Scholarships and the new 1000 NFU in NB scholarship were announced by committee member Harold Culberson at the NFU Regional Convention Region 1 on August 7th 2012 Winner of the 1000 Frost Scholarship to a student studying agriculture in a degree program is Zachary Coates of Scoudouc Denis Levesque of St Andre is the winner of the 500 Frost Scholarship to a diploma of agriculture student Allison Dykstra of Knowlesville is the first winner of the new 1000 NFU in NB Scholarship established to assist children of NFU member families Read More Why supply management works and why Canada should keep it Posted by Director on Jun 26 2012 in News Publications 0 comments The deal is underway The federal government announced that Canada has been accepted into the Trans Pacific Partnership TPP Prime Minister Stephen Harper has failed to divulge if this means that the supply management system of the dairy and poultry industry is on the

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  • Press Release: NFU-NB calls on government to uphold independence of Office of the Chief Medical Officer | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    for transparency and accountability with regards to the force leaved and termination of the Chief Medical Officer Dr Eilish Cleary The provincial government s consideration of policy options especially those that may impact human or environmental health must be based upon sound transparent science says NFU NB president Ted Wiggans The termination of Dr Cleary raises questions about the independence of the office of the Chief Medical Officer It is incumbent upon the government to directly address Dr Cleary s termination to insure that the citizens of New Brunswick continue to have confidence in the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer In a province trying to reduce expenses and where over 40 of the provincial budget currently goes to healthcare the importance of reducing and mitigating environmental factors that have negative health impacts is paramount The mission of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer for Health is to improve promote and protect the health of the people of New Brunswick Given that her position was terminated without cause and that her particular skill set does not meet the needs of her employer it is unclear how this is a personnel issue The National Farmers Union in New Brunswick calls for an independent investigation into this matter ensuring that the government is upholding every civil servants right to carry out independent science without threat of losing their job 30 The NFU in NB is an accredited general farm organization representing farm families in all agricultural commodities NFU members believe that the problems facing farmers are common problems and that farmers producing diverse products must work together to advance effective solutions The NFU works toward the development of economic and social policies that will maintain the family farm as the primary food producing unit Contact Amanda Wildeman NFU NB executive director

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  • Home | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    cattle and beef and sharing equitably in the farm tasks and costs for a number of years Nonetheless read more Ferme Springbrook Farm The Farmers of the NFU NB Series Posted by Director on Sep 16 2015 in Featured Farmer News 0 comments Ferme Springbrook Farm was first featured in the Summer 2015 Edition of the NB Family Farmer Jean Pierre Gagnon calls himself an agricultural entrepreneur rather than a farmer He enjoys both connecting with his customers as well as growing La Ferme Springbrook Farm brand For him he s not just selling a pork chop he s selling a Gagnon pork chop or a Springbrook pork chop and for the past ten years his customers at the Dieppe farmers market have come to know and recognize the quality of the Springbrook name The land that read more Elections 2015 Eat Think Vote Campaign Posted by Director on Sep 16 2015 in News 0 comments This campaign by Food Secure Canada is calling on all parties and all candidates to engage in conversation and action for a national food policy You can Sign the petition Join the movement Join or host a food event Spread the word on social media Talk to your candidates and ask agriculture related questions see the NFU suggestions here The campaign wants to see food policy included in debates and party platforms with the goal to create zero hunger across the country NFU Youth President Alex read more Elections 2015 Are you registered to vote Posted by Director on Sep 16 2015 in News 0 comments The voice of each and every Canadian is essential to ensure that our democracy works The election will be held on Monday October 19 2015 If you cannot vote that day you can vote at your Returning Office anytime between now and the election Here are some links to make that process easier Learn who the candidates are for your riding by searching with your postal code Find out online if you are registered to vote If not you can register online here Or click here to find out what identification you will need to register and read more Elections 2015 Questions for your candidates Posted by Director on Sep 16 2015 in News 0 comments Supply management Canada s supply management system is an important institution that puts food sovereignty into action Supply management ensures that Canadian consumers can get the chicken turkey eggs milk and dairy products they require and that these are produced in Canada and that Canadian farmers receive a fair price This system is threatened by corporations and international trade agreements Learn more here Will the next federal government resist international and corporate pressure and instead promote and strengthen read more 2015 Scholarship Recipients Announced Posted by Director on Aug 24 2015 in News Press release 0 comments The National Farmers Union in NB is pleased to formally announce the winners of the 2015 NFU NB Scholarship and David Frost Memorial Scholarship awarded

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  • Ferme Springbrook Farm – The Farmers of the NFU-NB Series | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    on continuing to work in construction as he had done for the previous five years out west After a few weeks of selling out by 9 am at the Moncton Farmers Market in 2002 he realised that there was a strong demand for pork chicken and eggs In order to meet the demand he built a poultry abattoir and a shop to custom cut his red meat on the farm Springbrook Farm s business is guided by a conviction to steward the land without using any pesticides or chemical fertilizers as well as responding to requests from his customers and has been gradually expanding to meet their needs including grain fed non GMO grain fed animals Their business runs year round and employs eight part time staff during the peak season According to JP the key to his success is his licensed abattoir that gives him access to many markets year round and a better value added price than selling the live animal may While some of the grains are grown on site much of the grains are purchased through a local grain mill in Miramichi and only when there is not enough supply he will buy from out of province Today Sherry helps a lot on the farm particularly in the butcher shop and they have 4 children Isabelle Stephanie Janick Genevieve When asked what he enjoys the most about his work JP says he enjoys it all from seeing the baby chicks coming in the barn to their new pen that is all warm and dry to providing food for families with celiac children or hearing a congratulations from his customers JP sees agriculture as an opportunity to do something great for the animals he is raising as well as doing something great for the people who are

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  • Featured Farmer | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    Farm brand For him he s not just selling a pork chop he s selling a Gagnon pork chop or a Springbrook pork chop and for the past ten years his customers at the Dieppe farmers market have come to know and recognize the quality of the Springbrook name The land that Springbrook Farm is on has been in the family since 1979 Read More Gérard Clara Hall The Farmers of the NFU NB Series Posted by Director on Jun 10 2015 in Featured Farmer News 0 comments Gérald and Clara were first featured in the Spring 2015 Edition of the NB Family Farmer Gérard and Clara Hall are both experienced wild blueberry producers They each own and operate their own farm businesses in Gloucester County Gérard s is called Bleuetière Nord Est Inc in Saint Isodore and was first incorporated in 1986 With over 1000 acres of land in wild blueberry production the company also offers services for establishing irrigating and harvesting other private fields They are beginning to experiment with some additional varieties including high bush blueberries Read More The Gagetown Fruit Farm The Farmers of the NFU NB Series Posted by Director on Mar 1 2015 in Featured Farmer News 0 comments Heather and Matthew were first featured in the 2015 Winter Edition of the NB Family Farmer The Gagetown Fruit Farm has been operated by Matthew Estabrooks and Heather Rhymes since 2008 They moved back from Ontario to revitalize the farm after Matthew s parents Greg and Mary Lou Estabrooks retired The farm has been in the family for 3 generations since the early 1970s Heather is a Red Seal Chef specializing in both culinary and pastry Matthew studied at Dal AC for two years before completing his culinary studies at the former Culinary Institute of

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