What we do

The National Farmers Union – Ontario promotes policies that will revitalize agriculture in Ontario by strengthening family farms. On local, national and international levels, the NFU – O advocates alternative structures and government policies that resist corporate control of food. With farmers and consumers, the NFU – O works to encourage vibrant rural communities, environmentally sustainable practices and the production of safe, wholesome food.

The National Farmers Union – Ontario continues to experience growth. More and more family farmers are realizing that part of the solution is a strong farm organization that is willing to speak up for farmers and not be shy about it. The NFU – O has been on the forefront of speaking up for farmers on the farm income crisis, the loss of young farmers, poorly designed government programs that often never benefit family farmers, local food initiatives, payments for ecological goods and services and many other issues that are important to the future of farmers, our families and our communities. While some farm organizations are full of talk about their leadership, the NFU – O actually goes out there and leads.

NFU – O members believe that the problems facing farmers are common problems and that farmers producing diverse products must work together to advance effective solutions. The NFU – O works toward the development of economic and social policies that will maintain the family farm as the primary food-producing unit in Ontario.

Member families of the union believe that through an organization that represents all commodities produced in Ontario, it is possible to promote the family farm as the most appropriate and efficient means of agricultural production. Our goal is to work together to achieve agricultural policies which will ensure dignity and security of income for farm families while enhancing the land for future generations.