June 2015 NFU-NB E-News
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Dear NFU-NB members and supporters, 

Over the past few months, one of the important pieces of work has been strategic planning with the board members.  We are very excited to planning for the next three to five years and look forward to sharing it with you in the coming weeks.  A member survey will be sent around shortly and will provide space for you to offer your ideas to the NFU-NB.  And as always, you are welcome to call Amanda or any of the board members with your ideas or questions at anytime.  

In Union, 
Amanda Wildeman, Executive Director
(506) 260-0087


2015 Scholarships - Deadline July 15

The NFU-NB is pleased to offer the David Frost Memorial Scholarship of $500 to a student entering a diploma program and the National Farmers Union in New Brunswick $1000 scholarship for a student entering a degree program.  Click here for the registration form and for full details.  

Mark your calendars!
Region 1 Meeting -
Tuesday, August 11 

Save the date for the NFU Region 1 meeting on Tuesday, August 11 in PEI.  Region 1 includes, New Brunswick, PEI and Nova Scotia.  Stay tuned for more details. 

Senate Report on Bee Health

On May 27, the Senate Agriculture Committee released a report on The Importance for Bee Health to Sustainable Food Production in Canada.  The NFU provided a submission to the Committee and welcome the report though still has some concerns about how the recommendations will be implemented.  
Click here to here to read the NFU's submission.
Click here to read the NFU's press release regarding the report. 

Local Food Security Act Update

The NFU-NB continues to advocate for a local food security strategy.  To hear why the NFU-NB actively supported the Local Food Security Act, listen here to a radio interview on the CBC's The Shift.

Read the on the follow up of the petition, the rally and next steps, and links to additional media coverage by clicking here. 

La consommation de produits locaux comme un moteur de développement 

Read how  NFU-NB Youth President, Kevin Arseneau on the importance of local food for our local economy.  
Read the Radio-Canada article here. 

Are GM crops better for the environment? 

In this second report of the GMO Inquiry 2015, we investigate the impacts and risks of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on our environment. Genetically modified crops have been a 20-year open-air experiment in Canada. What are the consequences?  
The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) is an NFU affiliate organization. 


Survey on Food Labels - Deadline June 30

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is seeking feedback on options to change food labels and the food labelling system. Specific options, such as revising the format of best before dates, expanding food class names (i.e., "vegetable oil" or "flavour"), and changing the required contact information for food dealers are proposed in an online survey  for comment. The survey will be available until June 30, 2015.

Safe Food for Canadians: Micro and Small Business Consultation

This consultation will help the CFIA better understand the food safety challenges and costs that micro and small businesses face, and to seek their feedback on options that could reduce the burden associated with certain requirements. The CFIA is also interested in hearing about the types of tools, guidance resources and support that would assist these businesses in producing safe and compliant food.
Click here to participate

Open Farm Day 2015

Two more days to sign up for Open Farm Day 2015!
Welcome visitors on your farm on Sunday, Sept 20.
This opportunity is available to all NB farmers.
See the registration form for full information.

Season Extension and Scale Appropriate Farm Equipment – ACORN event

Saturday, June 28, Acadieville NB.  Click the link above for full details about this free training opportunity.

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