NFU Region 1 Convention

Dear NFU Region 1 Members:

We invite you to attend the 2020 Joint NFU-NB Annual General Meeting and Region 1 Annual Convention on Sunday October 18, 2020 online.

The virtual meeting will consist of NB AGM business that will take place from 1:30pm – 2:30pm: a year in review, 2019 financial statements, elections and resolutions. After a short break Region 1 members will be invited to join at 2:45pm for resolutions. Resolutions form the foundation of our policy and guide our work throughout the year. Send resolutions to info@nfunb.org.

Additional virtual content will be available to all members, including a presentation by Darrin Qualman about ‘Tackling the Farm Crisis and Climate Crisis’ report.  A virtual farm tour provided by The Gilbert Family Farm will also be available for viewing.

This family owned farm has been operating for 60 years. Melisa Ashburne and Malcolm Gilbert raise beef cattle, they currently have 30 pure bred black angus cows; grow strawberries and pumpkins; and have an apple and pear orchard, with U-Pick open from late August to late October. When Malcolm’s father Tom bought the farm it had been a dairy operation, but he began with beef cattle and planting apple trees that the farm still picks from today. Since a young age, Malcolm was interested in taking over the farm, he planted their first strawberries in 1993 and has been growing them ever since.

We encourage all members to attend this regional convention. Your participation and input are important in our discussions and will provide direction for our region. We also encourage you invite interested farmers and your neighbours to attend.

ZOOM INFO – The link and phone numbers will be emailed to members. It will also be available on the NFU-NB Facebook page and website nfunb.org. If you require technical assistance during the meeting please call, 1-613-893-5416.

We apologize for the brevity of this convention and look forward to meeting in person in the future. See you on October 18th!

In Union,

Pierre-Olivier Brassard

NFU Region 1, District 2 Director

Understanding the Spirit and Intent of the Lands Protection Act

By Douglas Campbell

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is praising the Three Rivers Municipal Council for its care in dealing with issues relating to the Buddhist communities in the region. The Council voted to refuse a permit to Great Wisdom Buddhist Institute (Buddhist Nuns) for the building of a residence in Brudenell, eventually to be expanded to hold over 1000 nuns. It was clear that the center of concern for many participants in the Council meeting was greater than the building permit. There has been, however, a growing anxiety in the surrounding area and in other parts of PEI about what looks like unregulated land accumulation. The people at the Council meeting seemed to be intent on looking into what has the appearance of a hodge-podge of land acquisitions.

For people who may not be aware, the Lands Protection Act was put in place in 1982 by the then Progressive Conservative government of Angus MacLean. It was, and continues to be, a forward thinking piece of legislation with spirit and intent and laws to ensure that bonafide Islander residents retain the right to the ownership and use of their land. It was also to protect Island farmers from direct competition by processors. The act is entrenched in the Canadian Constitution. While Island land has always been a target of outside interests with deep pockets, the NFU believes the Act is more relevant than ever now as the world wide land grab escalates. Continue reading

Where Your Money Goes Matters

By Douglas Campbell, published in the Charlottetown guardian, May 7, 2020

The National Farmers Union (NFU) and most Islanders were relieved when the federal and provincial governments took quick action to address COVID-19. The measures put in place helped curb the spread of the virus and saved many lives here in PEI and in other provinces and territories. The government spokespersons showed caring in addressing sincere messages to the people who are grieving the deaths of family members and friends.We are impressed by the speed and apparent efficiency with which the decision-makers set up emergency funds. Continue reading

AgriInsurance Discount and Forage Program Deadline (April 30)

The Prince Edward Island Agricultural Insurance Corporation is pleased to announce that the provincial government through the Department of Agriculture and Land will be offering all producers a 10% discount on producers AgriInsurance premiums for the 2020 and 2021 growing seasons as announced April 23rd, 2020. You can find more information here.
Growers are reminded that the application deadline for the Forage Program is April 30th, 2020. The program offers drought coverage for pasture, hay, silage, forage seed, and green manure crops as well quality coverage for hay, silage, and forage seed.  Producers wishing to participate are asked to contact their Insurance Agent as soon as possible, call 902-836-0439, or email AICInsurance@gov.pe.ca and you will be directed to one of our agents.
The application deadline to sign up for Production Insurance is May 31st 2020. Again, please contact your Crop Insurance Agent, or contact AICInsurance@gov.pe.ca and we will be sure to help you out. We wish all producers a safe planting season!

Coronavirus: Another layer of Anxiety for Farmers

By Douglas Campbell

The National Farmers Union (NFU) adds its concerned voice about COVID-19 to that of many people in PEI, in Canada, and the whole world. We have never experienced a global health threat as serious as this one. Everyone is affected. Our health and our lives are at risk. For many of us our livelihoods are at risk. The fear and anxieties which accompany any major disaster are at a high level. Continue reading