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Welcome to the November 2014 NFUNB E-newsletter, 

Much has happened over the past month, many NFUNB Board members and members travelled to Halifax for the ACORN and the Food Secure Canada Conference.  A great few days of learning, sharing and networking with farmers, creators and sustainable food innovators.  We have changed E-newsletter services - if you did not receive this directly to your inbox, please sign up here.  

We are also continuing our membership drive.  Farm members can either register when they complete their Farm Business Registration or directly through the NFU by filling out the form online here.  We also welcome Associate members, if you are not a farmer but support our work please consider joining as an associate member here.  

Please be in touch with any questions, comments or events coming up in your area please contact me at

Amanda Wildeman, Executive Director


Working with New Brunswickers to steward the land

By Aaron Dowding of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick

       The Nature Trust of New Brunswick has developed a program to support and assist landowners in voluntarily managing wildlife habitat on their land. With the Landowner Stewardship Program we will work directly with families who are interested in wildlife stewardship on their property. 
       Most New Brunswickers, especially farmers, are already good land stewards; we want to support their work by providing information about protecting sensitive habitats and at risk species and by providing guidance about enhancing wildlife habitat.  
       Our goal is to develop simple stewardship agreements that protect habitat but do not place any burden on farmers – the agreements that we have in place now do just that. In the upper St. John River valley the Nature Trust has a number of voluntary stewardship agreements in place with owners of river-side property who are protecting the Endangered Furbish’s Lousewort plant. In the lower St. John River we are currently working with farmers and other landowners near Grand Lake Meadows to develop new stewardship partnerships.

Harper Government Destroys Farmer Control Over Seed  

(Press Release -
Nov. 25, 2014, Saskatoon)
The National Farmers Union (NFU) is sounding the alarm with the passing of Bill C-18, the Agriculture Growth Act omnibus bill yesterday in the House of Commons. “Farmers must now contend with UPOV ’91. UPOV ’91 is one of the most farmer-unfriendly mechanisms we have ever seen,” exclaimed Jan Slomp, NFU President. [...] 

Harper Government Trading Away Democracy through CETA

(Press Release -
Nov, 20, 2014, Saskatoon) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) says that the investment protections and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism in the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will impede the implementation of agricultural policy that is in the public interest. [...]


A Conference Teaching Practical Economic Tools For Local Communities
Thu, April 9 – Sun, April 12, 2015
Port Royal, Annapolis County, NS

The Six Key Habits of Successful Farm Families,
Dec 8, 2014, Moncton

How to thrive in Canada's Dairy Sector,
Feb 11, 2015 Fredericton

Labour Shortage Survey

The Canadian Agricultural Council is conducting a survey on farm labour shortages.  10 -15 minutes of your time will ensure that your experience is included whether you’re a farm owner or worker. 
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2015

National Convention

NFUNB member Betty Brown is currently attending the National NFU Convention in Saskatoon.  With this convention Betty will be finishing up her role as Region 1, District 2 Director.  If you or someone you know is interested in participating with the NFU at the national level, please get in touch.  Look for her write up in the next paper newsletter!

Upcoming Meeting with Minister Doucet

The NFUNB had a meeting scheduled with Minister Doucet yesterday, Thu. Nov., 27 that was cancelled due to the weather.  We will be rescheduling for January 2015.   

Will the Energy East Pipeline go through your farm?

The NFUNB is reaching out to members who may be affected by the Energy East Pipeline and we’re asking for you to let us know if it will cross your property.  
Get more information here.  
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