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Media release: NFU-O Calls on Minister to take action to prevent vomitoxin losses

For immediate release – June 20, 2017

(Florence, ON) The National Farmers Union – Ontario has formally requested that Minister Leal require end users and receivers of corn to immediately provide secondary testing for vomitoxin at the farmers’ request.

“Vomitoxin has caused profound economic losses in Ontario this past...Read More »


Leveraging the power of consumer advocates and influencers to drive promotion of local food in Ontario

May 29, 2017 — Guelph, ON — The National Farmers Union-Ontario (NFU-O) is teaming up with local food advocates and influencers across the province to increase the NFU-O’s capacity for consumer outreach, as they launch the Ontario Local Food Advocate Influencer Network to drive peer-to-peer...Read More »


NFU-O applauds the formation of a Prison Farm Advisory Panel

The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) applauds the formation of a Prison Farm Advisory Panel by Correctional Services Canada (CSC). The panel is a positive step toward the decision to re-open two prison farms in Kingston.

On May 11, 2017, CSC announced formation of “an advisory panel...Read More »


Farmland is for Farmers: NFU-O Presentation to Ontario Farmland Trust

(Orillia, ON) Emery Huszka, NFU-O President, presented at the Ontario Farmland Trust forum on March 30 about the impact to farmland when farmers no longer own it.

“The NFU has been calling for farmland to remain in the hands of farmers since its inception. There are protections for...Read More »


NFU-O asks OMAFRA and MNR for Answers and a Plan for Rabies Cases

In a letter to Minister Leal of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs and cc’d to Minster of Natural Resources, Kathryn McGarry, the NFU-O raised concerns regarding the recent rabies cases seen in Huron and Perth County.

“One infected animal is too many,” said Martin Boettcher, livestock farmer and...Read More »


NFU-O Calls for More Funding at International Joint Commission on Great Lakes

(Sarnia) On Wednesday, March 22, Don Ciparis and Emery Huszka of the National Farmers Union-Ontario brought agricultural concerns to the International Joint Commission on the Great Lakes meeting in Sarnia. They noted that farmers are willing and ready to make improvements to their farm operations. For example,...Read More »


Emery Huszka Acclaimed National Farmers Union - Ontario President/NFU Region 3 Coordinator

Photo by Connie Tabbert
2017-2018 NFU-O Council members: Top row: Ayla Fenton, National Board member; Steve Laing, Marcelle Paulin, Paul Dejong, Councillors-at-large; Bottom row: Tony Straathof, National Board member, Emery Huszka, NFU-O President and National Board member; Martin Boettcher, Youth Advisor; Not pictured: Dodie...Read More »


NFU-O Celebrates Protection of Central Experimental Farm

(Guelph, ON) The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) congratulates the National Capital Commission (NCC) on its guidance of an open and democratic site selection process for the new Civic Campus of The Ottawa Hospital to a successful conclusion with the recommendation of Tunney’s Pasture...Read More »


NFU-O President addresses agricultural transportation issues to Ministries

(Guelph, ON) On October 31st, the National Farmers Union – Ontario and other stakeholders met with the Ministry of Transportation and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs to discuss rural transportation issues affecting farmers. On behalf of members, NFU-O President Emery Huszka raised important concerns...Read More »


Op Ed: Equity or Equitable? – MPAC Assessments Highlight Farmland Challenges

by Emery Huszka, NFU-O President

Recently, farm families across Ontario have received MPAC notices reflecting dramatic changes in values. In some cases, assessment estimates are doubled from 2012. MPAC has captured what the National Farmers Union-Ontario (NFU-O) has been warning of for years. (See the NFU report Read More »


Media Release: NFU-O urges retention of Central Experimental Farm for agriculture

NFU-O farmers and board members pose with Losing Our Grip, which highlights the loss of farmland to urban development.

(Ottawa, ON) National Farmers Union-Ontario members recently attended the public consultation hosted by the National Capital Commission and urged the NCC to protect farmland and increase public agricultural research...Read More »


Media Release: NFU-O Commends Climate Change Action Plan; Regulations are The Critical Piece

The National Farmers Union – Ontario commends the Ontario government for developing Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan. In contrast to previous environmental commitments that had inadequate accountability or concrete planning, this plan has specific, measurable actions and allocates the funding needed to support them. Now we have a...Read More »


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 amongst family members. In that vein, the National...Read More »


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. I am greatly concerned about the commercial release...Read More »


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 about where their food comes from. As farmers,...Read More »


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 grow, the NFU-O is focused on sharing its...Read More »


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 diesel for agriculture is priced lower because...Read More »


Renfrew County National Farmers Union cautiously happy about the prison farm news

WESTMEATH — The recent news article from the CBC stating Kingston’s cows are closer to coming home, is encouraging news to many supporters of the federal prison farm program that had been cancelled in Kingston, stated Tony Straathof, president of the Renfrew County National Farmers Union.

Five years...Read More »


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 Chair, Ms. Rosemarie Leclair, the groups urge the...Read More »


Protecting our Pollinators Protects our Farms, says NFU-O

(Guelph, ON) – The National Farmers Union in Ontario (NFU-O) welcomes today’s announcement by Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Honourable Glen Murray, that Ontario will introduce new regulations to reduce the overuse of neonicotinoid insecticides in agricultural practices in this province, effective July 1, 2015.

“Bees...Read More »


Precautionary approach, support for farmers vital to neonic strategy, says NFU

(DENFIELD) – The National Farmers Union in Ontario has submitted comments on the discussion paper Pollinator Health – A Proposal for Enhancing Pollinator Health and Reducing the Use of Neonicotinoid Pesticides in Ontario. The NFU supports the Ontario government’s initiative to restrict the use of neonicotinoid seed...Read More »


Neonicotinoid Licensing System Encouraging, says NFU-O

For Immediate Release

(DENFIELD, ON) – The National Farmers Union in Ontario welcomes Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Hon. Jeff Leal’s recent announcement that Ontario intends to bring in measures to move away from the widespread, prophylactic use of neonicotinoid-based pesticides in agriculture. The introduction of...Read More »


Kemptville College Should Continue Operating, says NFU-O

(DENFIELD) – The NFU-O decries the proposed closing of Kemptville Campus by the University of Guelph. The college has provided generations of eastern Ontario residents with a solid education in agriculture. Without Kemptville College it will be much more difficult for many young residents of...Read More »


Press Release: Line 9 Reversal Approval Serves Enbridge’s Interests, not the Public’s, says NFU Ontario.

(Gananoque, ON) – When the National Energy Board approved Enbridge’s Line 9 project, which will reverse the flow and increase the pressure in the almost 40-year-old pipeline, it set conditions that protect the company’s financial interests while off-loading risks and costs onto the public, according to Rick...Read More »


Judge Orders Accreditation for National Farmers Union – Ontario

(Guelph, ON): On October 16, Justice Beaudoin released his decision on the judicial review of the Appeal Tribunal’s denial of accreditation for the National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) for part of 2012 and all of 2013.

In the decision, Justice Beaudoin states, “There is a public duty...Read More »


Farmers Seek Environmental Assessment of GM Alfalfa from Ontario Government - CBAN Media Release

July 25, 2013. Ottawa – Two farmers have formally asked the Ontario government to carry out an environmental assessment of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa before the seed is sold in the province. Today, they launched an application under Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights, the first ever request...Read More »


PRESS RELEASE Farmers Seek Environmental Assessment of GM Alfalfa from Ontario Government

July 25, 2013. Ottawa – Two farmers have formally asked the Ontario government to carry out an environmental assessment of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa before the seed is sold in the province. Today, they launched an application under Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights, the first ever request relating to the issue of GM...Read More »


Alarming Myths and Half Truths - Letter to the Editor of Farmers Forum

Alarming Myths and Half Truths

How does one deal with myths and half-truths?

Recently there has been a lot of talk and speculation regarding the future of the NFU-O. Much of this has come about by the musings of a few who seem to like to whisper...Read More »


NFU-O Refutes Tribunal Decision - Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 3, 2013

National Farmers Union – Ontario Refutes Tribunal Decision

The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) refutes the recently released reasons issued by the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal. After waiting almost 120 days for the reasons, the NFU-O Council has...Read More »


GM Alfalfa in Canada - Update on unconfined release status

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COLLABORATION BETWEEN NFU-O AND NFU CONTINUES: JOINT RESPONSE TO TRIBUNAL DECISION

January 9, 2013

Saskatoon, SK and Lakeside, ON – The NFU-O/NFU is extremely disappointed with the OMAFRA Appeals Tribunal decision to dismiss the NFU-O’s application under the Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding (FRFOF) Act, 1993. The Rules of Procedure of the Tribunal state that reasons for a...Read More »