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Good day NFU-NB members and supporters, 

A big thank you to all who participated in the January Kitchen Table Meetings across the province.  Folks participated in Bouctouche, Woodstock, Salisbury and Tracadie-Sheila.  Our new strategic plan was met with positive response and excellent feedback and ideas for implementation.  

We look forward to sharing more with you all at our upcoming Annual General Meeting set for Sunday, March 13, 2016 in Shediac.  The theme is NB's Empty Farmland: Use it or lose it.  

In solidarity, 
Amanda Wildeman
Executive director



Press Release

(Fredericton, Feb. 4, 2016) - After meeting with Minister Horsman in October 2015, the National Farmers Union in NB is still awaiting a response regarding changes to farm vehicle registration in NB.   NB farmers pay the highest farm vehicle registration fees in the Maritimes.  PEI pays only $10 per vehicle/per year and Nova Scotian farmers pay about 30% of what NB farmers have to pay for the same vehicle weight.   When all vehicle registration fees were increased by 7% in September 2015, both general farm organizations came together to request that farm vehicles not only be exempt from this increase but for an overall reduction in fees.
Along with a fee reduction to allow NB farmers to remain competitive with other provinces, the requests included online registration of farm-plated vehicles, a monthly registration option for farm-plated vehicles and the allowance of vehicles other than trucks to be eligible for farm plates if it is a primary farm vehicle.
NFU-NB president Ted Wiggans says that, “If New Brunswick farmers are to compete with their Maritime counterparts, they should be playing on a level playing field.”
Under the current system March 31 is the expiration date for all registered farm vehicles and to have impact this year the changes need to be put in place very soon.  
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Ted Wiggans, NFU-NB President, (506) 366-3410
Amanda Wildeman, NFU-NB Executive director, (506) 260-0087

F-Plate Vehicle Registration

Since last summer, the NFU-NB has been pressuring the Department of Public Safety to make changes to the Farm Vehicle Registration including lower fees, allowing online registration, seasonal and monthly registration options as well as including vehicles other than trucks for farm plates if it is a primary farm vehicle.  No changes have yet been announced though we continue to work on this matter.

If you have any trouble registering a farm vehicle that is not a truck, please contact Amanda (506) 260-0087. 

2016 Annual General Meeting!!

Mark your calendars for the NFU-NB's Annual General Meeting, on Sunday, March 13 from 10-4 in Shediac, NB. (snow date: Sunday, March 20).  The theme is NB's Empty Farmland: Use it or lose it.  An opportunity learn more about the NFU-NB, to renew your membership or to become a member!  Official invitation and agenda will be available soon - stay tuned!


NFU National Youth Retreat - deadline to apply is Friday, Feb 5!

Join the NFU Youth near Edmonton from Sunday, March 6 - 11. There is some funding for the costs of travel and accommodation but participants are asked to contribute $150 each towards the budget and encourage any fundraising. Selection of participants will be based on regional diversity, costs, and level of engagement in NFU (ideally we would like some more experienced members and some newer members).  If you are interested in taking part in this event please click here to see how to apply

The goals of the retreat are:
1. Continue to build and strengthen the NFU Youth and the capacity and leadership skills of NFU youth members. 
2. Advance the work of the National New Farmer Coalition - specifically, develop a dissemination and engagement strategy for our New Farmer Report.
3. Strengthen the strategic collaboration with Young Agrarians and other appropriate organizations in the area and plan for more farmer engagement events.
4. Advance the work of various NFU committees/working groups - Strategic Development, Alternative Media, Branding, International Programs Committee, Seed and Trade, GMO and Pesticides, etc.
5. Participate in a NFU Youth/Young Agrarians social in order to connect with and engage other young farmers in the region
6. Optional: Meet with members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta to discuss new farmer issues and the work of the National New Farmer Coalition


Moncton Wildcats Agriculture Night

See the Moncton Wildcats play Charlottetown on Sunday, February 21 at 3 pm.  Special ticket pricing of only $12 for farmers and their family and friends.  

NFU members Barb Somerville (NB) and Edith Ling (PEI)

Farm Income Tax Preparation for NFU-NB members

NFU-NB members receive a discount on farm income tax preparation by contacting Judy Barr at (506) 273-4328.  Judy has many years of experience preparing farm income tax for NFU members.  Contact her today!

New Brunswick's Organic Forum

Join ACORN for NB's 9th Annual Organic Forum.
Open to organic and non-organic farmers
To learn more or to register, click here. 
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 (Snow date: Feb 23)
1 pm - 5 pm (with optional lunch at 12 pm - $10)

Charlotte Street Arts Centre
732 Charlotte St.
Fredericton, NB
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