National Farmers Union (Canada)

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The National Farmers Union of Canada (NFU) is an organization set up by Canadian farmers. It is headquartered in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. It is descended from the United Farmers of Canada which was a loose federation of militant farmers' organizations. It was created as the Interprovincial Farm Union Council (IFUC) in 1945 to co-ordinate activities between provincial bodies, particularly the Alberta Farmers Union and the United Farmers of Canada (Saskatchewan Section) who were planning a farmers' strike if grievances on farm prices and marketing problems were not solved.[1] In 1960 it was renamed the National Farmers Union and in 1969 it was refounded with a national convention as a direct membership organization.[2]

The NFU decides on and publicizes its positions on matters concerning agricultural policy through news briefs and some longer policy statements.[3] Recent policy statements include the Policy on Genetically Modified (GM) Foods[4] and the Policy on Sustainable Agriculture.[5]

Essay contest[edit]

The NFU offers an annual award to young writers for an essay on an assigned farm-related topic, the Paul Beingessner Award.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stuart A. Thiesson (2006). "Farm Movemement 1901-49". Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Canadian Plains Research Center, University Of Regina. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Stuart A. Thiesson (2006). "Saskatchewan Farmers Union". Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Canadian Plains Research Center, University Of Regina. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Policy matters: The NFU's Policy Development Process". National Farmers Union (of Canada). Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "National Farmers Union Policy on Genetically Modified (GM) Foods" (PDF). 2000. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "National Farmers Union Policy on Sustainable Agriculture (undated)". Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Paul Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing". Retrieved 9 December 2014. 

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