Local 330 – Renfrew

The Renfrew Local meets the first Monday of each month at the Barr Line Community Centre at 7:30 p.m.

Renfrew County National Farmers Union cautiously happy about the prison farm news

WESTMEATH — The recent news article from the CBC stating Kingston’s cows are closer to coming home, is encouraging news to many supporters of the federal prison farm program that had been cancelled in Kingston, stated Tony Straathof, president of the Renfrew County National Farmers Union.

Five years ago, when the...Read More »


Local 330 Kellogg Plant Shutdown Affects Many Farmers And Workers - Press Release

Westmeath, ON:   The closure of  the Kellogg Co. plant in London announced last week is the latest of several Canadian food processing plants closed by investors to move production to other countries in pursuit of higher profits reports Tony Straathof, President of the Renfrew County (Ontario) Farmers Union.

Upon hearing the...Read More »


Local 330 Letter to the Editor - Assessing The Recent Trade Deal – Canada And The European Union

Dear Editor,

Ontario farmers, businesses and consumers should critically assess the implications of the Trade Agreement with Europe which was recently signed in principle by Prime Minister Harper.

The information pertaining to the agreement, known formally as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, comes from leaked documents and spotted media releases.  Our...Read More »


Local 330 Assessing The Recent Trade Deal – Canada And The European Union - News Release

Westmeath, ON:  Tony Straathof, President of the Renfrew County/Ontario National Farmers Union advises that Renfrew County farmers, businesses and consumers should critically assess the implications of the Trade Agreement with Europe which was recently signed in principle by Prime Minister Harper.

The information pertaining to the agreement, known formally as the...Read More »


Local 330 Letters re. GM alfalfa

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Local 330 Renfrew Newsletter

As a grassroots organization working on behalf of all family farms I wish to report that the Renfrew County NFU is working on many issues affecting family farms throughout the county.

Agricultural Concerns Outlined to Premier Kathleen Wynne (Minister of Agriculture):

Recently the Premier of Ontario made a short visit to two...Read More »


Local 330 Ten Years After the Mad Cow Outbreak - Press Release

Renfrew County Local
National Farmers Union –
Ontario

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                    May 18, 2013

TEN YEARS AFTER THE MAD COW OUTBREAK

 Westmeath, ON:  Tony Straathof, President of the Renfrew County National Farmers Union reports May 20th, 2013, was the 10th anniversary of Canada’s first case of BSE (mad cow).  Sadly,...Read More »


Local 330 GM alfalfa - letter to MPP John Yakabuski

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Local 330 GM Alfalfa - Letter to Cheryl Gallant

Dear Mrs. Gallant:

This is my first letter to you as new President of the Renfrew County National Farmers Union.

I am writing to you on behalf of the Executive in respect to Genetically Modified (GM) alfalfa. I believe my predecessor, Dave Mackay, has on several occasions talked to you about the...Read More »


Local 330 Do We Need GM Alfalfa? - Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

Traditional alfalfa, popularly known as Queen of the Forages, is, and has been, an extremely important and widely grown successful crop in the livestock communities of Renfrew County and across Canada. Farmers in Renfrew County and across Canada over the years have had the privilege...Read More »


Workshop - Raising Pasture Poultry

  • Brooding Day Old Chicks
  • Feeding and Watering Needs
  • Safe Pasture Housing
  • Processing and Safe Handling Tips

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Location: Barr Line Community Centre
Registration: $30.00 per person or $40.00 for two members of the same family (Registration includes lunch).

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Workshop - Care & Feeding of Livestock

  • Learn basic and hands-on tips in the care and feeding of farm livestock
  • Round table discussions with experienced farmers
  • Proper handling of livestock

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Barr Line Community Centre
Registration:  $20.00 per person (includes lunch)

To register contact Bob Dobson...Read More »


Local 330 Looking Back at the Highs & Lows of 2012 - Press Release

PRESS RELEASE

Dave Mackay, President of the Renfrew County National Farmers Union sums up 2012 as being a very challenging year for farmers and farm businesses in Renfrew County.

What appeared to be a promising spring weather-wise, soon took a turn of events as most areas of Renfrew County experienced the worst...Read More »


Local 330 AgriRecovery Should Do More - Letter

November 1, 2012

Dear Sir/Madam:

This morning, November 1st, 2012, farmers in Renfrew County were advised that the Hon. Gerry Ritz and his administration continue to process calculations as to the affect of this summer’s drought on farmers. In the same announcement, farmers were advised that if, or when, funding through AgriRecovery...Read More »


Local 330 NFU Requests Governments to Come Through on AgriRecovery - Press Release

Beachburg, ON – Dave Mackay, President of the Renfrew County National Farmers Union advises that the NFU in a letter last week updated the federal and provincial ministers of agriculture as to the need of AgriRecovery funds for drought relief.  Those in command at the federal level have indicated that...Read More »


Renfrew County Drought Update - Letter

Dear Sir/Madam:

Further to letters written to you under dates July 16th, July 24th, August 1st and August 20th, the Renfrew County National Farmers Union Executive has instructed me to again update the above on the 2012 drought situation many farmers in Renfrew County continue to deal with.

Some areas of Renfrew...Read More »


Meeting to Review County Policy About Agricultural Lands

Beachburg, ON – Dave Mackay, President of the Renfrew County National Farmers Union reports that it was recommended the agricultural community participate in the present discussions leading to revisions to the Renfrew County Official Plan.  The proper designation of agriculture lands within the county boundaries are very important considering agriculture...Read More »


New Business Risk Management Program (BRM)/Safety Net Programs Under Growing Forward 2 for 2013-2018 - Letter

Mrs. Cheryl Gallant,

Re: Meeting to Discuss and Offer Ideas for the New Business Risk Management Program (BRM)/Safety Net Programs Under Growing Forward 2 for 2013-2018

Renfrew County National Farmers Union thanks you for this opportunity to meet with you tonight and we are submitting the following for you to take to...Read More »


Request for Drought Funding - Letter

Dear Sir/Madam:

The Renfrew County National Farmers Union Executive has instructed me to update you on what has transpired in respect to the devastating drought conditions in Renfrew County since the August 1st letter was forwarded to you. July 31st was the day the provincial government officially requested relief from the...Read More »


Local 330 Renrew NFU Calls for Changes to Growing Forward 2 Safety Net Programs - Press Release

Beachburg, ON – Dave Mackay, President of the Renfrew County National Farmers Union reports that members of the NFU attended the consultation meeting sponsored by Cheryl Gallant on Monday, August 27th to offer suggestions and ideas for the new Business Risk Management Program (BRM) intended to meet the needs of...Read More »


AgriRecovery Funding Should Be Approved Immediately - Letter

Dear Sir/Madam:

The Executive of the Renfrew County National Farmers Union learned that Minister Ted McMeekin (Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs), upon his tour of Renfrew County made an announcement on July 31st, 2012 stating, “The Province of Ontario has officially requested aid from the Federal Government under...Read More »


Renfrew County National Farmers Union Takes Action on Behalf of Renfrew County’s Agricultural Community Affected By Drought Conditions - Press Release

Beachburg, ON – Dave Mackay, President of the Renfrew County National Farmers Union states drought conditions have reached a major disaster point for area farmers and the rural economy in Renfrew County. The past weekend’s dry, hot conditions and blustery winds turned many areas in Renfrew County to almost desert...Read More »


Major Disaster Unfolding - Press Release

Beachburg, ON – Dave Mackay, President of the Renfrew County National Farmers Union reports the present drought situation is serious and almost to the point of becoming critical for area farmers.  Farmers had already expressed concern two weeks ago, however the situation has escalated to very critical during the last...Read More »


Land-grabbing Practices - Letter to the editor

Dear Editor:

Just this past month, the National Farmers Union as a member of La Via Campesina joined other farm organizations around the world to mark April 17, the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle. This year the NFU and other like- minded organizations drew the world’s attention to the...Read More »