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Too many voices in the beef industry create mixed messages, says Rick Paskal.

Opinion: The beef industry needs to start speaking with a unified voice

Having at least 10 organizations representing the beef industry in Alberta is quite frankly a joke

Our farming and feeding operations have fundamental challenges and issues that are not being communicated in an effective manner to government. We have ongoing issues about hiring qualified managers and workers; with WCB compliance and enforcement; OH&S adherence; WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) education of our employees; an obsolete farm taxation model utilizing 25-year-old […] Read more

Ontario general farm organization fee increasing

Ontario farmers will be paying more for their representation by their general farm organizations in 2018 after the government approved a $30 increase. The annual fee will be $225 plus HST for membership in the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario or National Farmers Union-Ontario. All registered farmers have to pay the […] Read more


Ontario vegetable grower to lead NFU

An eastern Ontario vegetable grower and women’s leader with the National Farmers Union since 2014 has been picked as the Canada-wide organization’s new chief. Coral Sproule, who operates a CSA (community-supported agriculture) vegetable farm at Perth, Ont. was elected NFU president at the organization’s convention last week in Ottawa, replacing Jan Slomp of Courtenay, B.C. […] Read more

Jan Slomp wins another term as NFU president

Jan Slomp has been re-elected president of the National Farmers Union. Slomp and his partner Marian have been dairy farmers since 1979, first in their native Netherlands and from 1989 to 2015 in Alberta. They are setting up a new farm at Courtenay on Vancouver Island. Dana Penrice of Lacombe was elected youth vice-president while […] Read more



Jan Slomp re-elected as NFU president

Jan Slomp of Rimby was returned as National Farmers Union president after being elected by acclamation at the organization’s 45th annual convention. Also elected by acclamation were: first vice-president Ann Slater of St. Marys, Ont., second vice-president Glenn Tait of Meota, Sask., women’s president Coral Sproule of Dashwood, Ont., women’s vice-president Marcella Pedersen of Cut Knife, […] Read more


Anthony Parker, commissioner of Canada’s Plant Breeders’ Rights Office, says farmers are allowed to save seed under UPOV ’91, but the introduction of end-point royalties is not automatic once Bill C-18 becomes law.

Debunking myths around Canada’s UPOV ’91 legislation

Farmers can still save seed, but end-use royalties aren’t guaranteed, says Plant Breeders’ Rights commissioner

Farmers won’t lose the ability to save and reuse seed under UPOV ’91 and they won’t automatically be paying end-use royalties, the commissioner of Canada’s Plant Breeders’ Rights Office says. “I hope to debunk some of the myths that are out there…,” Anthony Parker told the Prairie Grain Development Committee’s annual meeting in Winnipeg Feb. […] Read more