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NFU-O meets with OMAFRA minister; sees common ground and room for improvement in ag policy

L to R: front row: Dan Kretschmar, Sarah Bakker, Katie Ward, Emery Huszka, Aric McBay; back row: Minister Jeff Leal, Martin Boettcher, Don Ciparis, Tony Straathof, Tim Tabbert Often the business of running a farm happens at the kitchen table … Continue reading

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Letter re. Waukesha WI’s Proposal to Divert Water from the Great Lakes

Dear Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario: The National Farmers Union – Ontario is calling on you to object to Waukesha, Wisconsin’s proposal to divert water from the Great Lakes and uphold your obligations regarding the Great Lakes for the … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor re. GM alfalfa

Dear Editor, Forage Genetics International (FGI) has recently announced that it has sold genetically modified (GM) alfalfa seed to customers in Ontario. This GM alfalfa seed is stacked with two GM traits – glyphosate tolerance (i.e. Roundup Ready) and low-lignin. … Continue reading

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Op Ed: Bottling Canada’s Food Policies – What the debate over ketchup says about the future of farming

by Emery Huszka I’ve been watching with interest the recent social media splash made over French’s ketchup. It highlights what the National Farmers Union (NFU) has been talking about for years – food sovereignty matters. Consumers are becoming increasingly savvy … Continue reading

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Emery Huszka New National Farmers Union – Ontario President/NFU Region 3 Coordinator

Emery Huszka of Florence, Ontario was chosen as the new National Farmers Union – Ontario President, NFU National Board member, and NFU Region 3 Coordinator at the Annual General Meeting held March 5 in Kingston, Ontario As membership continues to … Continue reading

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Saving the Central Experimental Farm and enabling Hospital Renewal

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change (with responsibility for Parks Canada Agency and National Historic Sites of Canada) The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage (with … Continue reading

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Submission to the 2016 Ontario Pre-Budget Consultation

As an organization representing farmers across the province, both in rural and urban communities, the National Farmers Union-Ontario submits the following priorities for the 2016 Ontario Budget. The NFU-O would like to contextualize these issues within the concern of rural … Continue reading

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Coloured Diesel for Food Production Not to Subsidize Road Maintenance says NFU-O

(Denfield) The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) would like to challenge the statement recently attributed to Dianne Saxe, Ontario’s new Environmental Commissioner (ECO), in which she called for an end to diesel fuel subsidies, including for farm fuel. Coloured … Continue reading

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Groups call on Ontario Energy Board to do its job, review plan to sell Hydro One

Today, the Keep Hydro Public Coalition and the National Farmers Union-Ontario called on the Ontario Energy Board to fulfill its mandate and legislative responsibility by reviewing the Liberal government’s plan to sell Hydro One. In a letter, submitted to Board … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Federal Party Leaders

Dear Party Leaders: According to the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada State of the Sector, agriculture and the agri-food sector generated $108.2 billion in 2014, accounting for 6.6% of Canada’s GDP. Even with this presence and impact on the Canadian economy, … Continue reading

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