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January-February edition of the NFU Newsletter.
Farm Saved Seed Royalties: What you need to know – The corporate seed industry is lobbying the federal government to bring in new regulations under Canada’s Plant Breeders Rights Act to set up a system that would force farmers who plant newer varieties to pay a royalty every year even when planting farm saved seed. This newsletter article explains the issue, the process, and defines key terms farmers need to know about to defend our seed rights.
Why the NFU is in court supporting federal jurisdiction over greenhouse gas pollution pricing – The NFU has the status of Intervener in the Constitutional Reference Case regarding federal jurisdiction over climate change measures. This is not an endorsement of the current federal government’s greenhouse gas emission pricing measures; it is recognition that a national framework needs to be created through the principles of co‐operative federalism, which requires federal leadership and enforcement. Equitable results cannot be achieved if individual provinces are allowed to opt out, free‐riding or unfairly undermining others’ efforts
NFU supports rapid phase out of neonicotinoid insecticides – This article provides the comments NFU sent in to the Pest Management Regulatory Agency about its proposed decision to phase out all agricultural uses of neonicotinoid insecticides based on their unacceptable risk to aquatic invertebrates. PMRA has not yet announced the final decisions.
New NAFTA Update – On the eve of the formal signing ceremony for the new NAFTA (or USMCA), the NFU wrote to the Prime Minister. All three countries signed the agreement on November 30 but it does not go into effect until each country ratifies it. In the USA Democrats now have a majority in the House of Representatives, and may re-open negotiations. It is likely that it will be debated in Parliament in mid-March.
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