Wanted: Young Farmers to Participate in Research on Attitudes about Conservation & Endangered Species

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Dr. Carolyn Peach Brown, Environmental Studies, from the University of Prince Edward Island is looking for participants in a study about young farmers’ perspectives on environmental conservation and Species at Risk on Prince Edward Island (PEI).  The aim of the research is to better understand the role that young farmers are playing, or can play, in protection of the environment and species at risk on PEI.  This will provide important information to guide the development of policy and educational programs about Species at Risk on PEI.

Specifically, she is looking for any farmer on PEI between the ages of 18 and 50. Knowledge about Species at Risk is not necessary for participation in the study.

Your participation would involve completing an on line survey (see link below) or Dr. Brown can send it to you via email. The survey will ask questions about your awareness and knowledge about Species at Risk on PEI and your perspective on their protection.  The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete, when you have time available. Your participation will be anonymous.  In other words, your personal identity will not be revealed.  Those who complete the survey will have the option of having their name included in a draw for a $100 gift card from an agricultural supply store of their choice. Continue reading

Water Law: A Look at PEI’s Water Act

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the PEI Farm Centre, University Ave, Charlottetown

Join East Coast Environmental Law and the Coalition for Protection of PEI Water for a discussion of the Water Act, looking forward to the release of regulations and another round of consultations.

Lisa Mitchell from ECE Law will provide an overview of the Act.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

6-8 pm

The Farm Centre, Charlottetown

PEI Water Law Workshop-2

The Fibre of Rural Canada

The whole story must be told about the strengths of Canada’s supply management system

BY DOUGLAS CAMPBELL

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I am writing this letter in response to an article by The Fraser Institute entitled, “Canada can eliminate supply management by following Australia’s lead.”

The three authors, Jon Berry, Alan Oxley and Dan LeRoy say Canadian policy-makers would be well advised to learn lessons from Australia about phasing out supply management in a number of agricultural sectors. Their article is about Australia doing away with supply management in the dairy sector in 2000.

The authors write a glowing report on what a success this has been for Australia. They say consumers are paying less for milk, national supply has been maintained, and larger farms are driving much greater productivity, allowing milk products to be the third biggest agricultural export after beef and dairy.

I would like to question this Australian success story, and offer my perspective as a Canadian dairy farmer. Continue reading

Understanding the Spirit of the Lands Protection Act

 

GUEST OPINION BY DOUGLAS CAMPBELL – JUNE 28, 2018

The National Farmers Union (NFU) notices and welcomes the community’s new expressions of interest about the Lands Protection Act. Islanders know the painful history of the land and how easily it can be taken from the people. Now we are in a new era in how land transactions take place. In 2018, the style of take-overs is more hidden than they were in other times. However, on the community level, people know who is taking control of vast acreages. What is not clear to the Island population is why the Lands Protection Act seems to be powerless to stop the rapid land grab so obvious in the rural community. Continue reading

NFU urges Trudeau to stand firm in the protection of Canadian supply management!

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June 14, 2018

Right Honorable Justin Trudeau
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario   K1A 0A6
justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

We understand that you are under enormous pressure to give up Canadian interests in the negotiations with the USA in order to reach a new NAFTA deal. President Trump is using highly unfair arguments, especially when he targets tariffs that protect Canadian supply management. The USA, like European countries, offers enormous price support programs to farmers in general and dairy farmers in particular. They do that in order to enable farmers to survive an extreme low world-market price for dairy, caused, among other factors, by the American and European dairy producers’ double-digit production increases.  Canadian farmers did not cause this glut — because they have production discipline they do not over produce. In Canada we don’t need a government subsidy program, as our supply management system rewards efficient dairy farmers sufficiently from the market place. A recent study by Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) and executed by AC Nielsen Canada, showed that dairy products in Canada are 17% less expensive than in the U.S. Continue reading