District Newsletter – March 15, 2017

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Hello to all NFU members in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia:

District Convention – Plans are now almost complete for our District Convention which will take place on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Milton Community Hall, 7 New Glasgow Road.

The location is at the intersection of highways 7 and 224 in North Milton. (Storm date is March 30). The registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the meeting getting underway at 10:00 a.m. Registration fee is $20 per person and will include a meal at noon. Financial assistance is available to any members who require child care that day in order to attend the meeting. Please call Edith Ling at 902-368-1262 about this if needed. Reports on the past year’s activities will be given by the directors and elections will be held for the positions of District Director, Women’s District Director and Youth District Director. The Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Alan McIsaac will speak to the meeting immediately after the noon meal. Following that, we will view the video, “Islanders and the Land”. This video, produced by Don Kossick, will feature P. E. I. farmers and will depict their concern for the preservation of farmland in this Province. A representative from the Workers’ Compensation Board will bring members up to date on the mandatory inclusion of farm workers under that program. Our keynote speaker, of course, is our National President, Jan Slomp. He will be speaking on the “State of Canadian Agriculture and What That Means for Rural Canada”. That is a very appropriate topic when we consider what is going on in this Province with regard to the grabbing of land, the possible closure of schools and the move to centralization in general. Resolutions will be considered during the day. If you have a resolution which you wish to have dealt with, please contact any one of the Resolutions Committee members. The following is the list of Committees for our Convention this year:

Resolutions Committee: J.P. Hendricken, Gordon Carter, Ranald MacFarlane

Registration Committee – Mary Carter, Vernon MacLeod

Nominating Committee – Reg Phelan, Darren Toombs, Muncey Gallant and Elwin Wyand

Elections & Credentials Committee – The Convention chairpersons Continue reading

District Newsletter – January 2017

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To the membership of District 1, Region 1:

I am pleased to bring you this newsletter along with which you will find a new pamphlet which we have prepared on this great organization – why it is called National Farmers Union, what the Union stands for, how you can help out with this work, whom your elected representatives are in P. E. I., etc. Please have a look at this, and it certainly is useful information to have when talking with your neighbours about joining the National Farmers Union.

Your District Directors, National Board Member and Local Presidents have been quite busy since fall, addressing the agricultural issues of the day as well as attending many meetings. In late November, a group of members attended the National NFU Convention in Saskatoon. The theme of the 47th Convention was Climate Change. Many interesting speakers and panel discussions were part of this convention. Reg Phelan is once again our National Board member along with Ted Wiggans from New Brunswick. Jan Slomp was re-elected National President. Continue reading