A Message from Past Women’s President


Who are the

NFU Women?

The National Farmers Union is a progressive family farm organization concerned about all aspects of life on farms and all members of farm families.

Women are active and equal participants in the National Farmers Union, supporting each other, organizing, formulating and articulating policy, and serving as elected officers.

To ensure that the voices of farm women are clearly heard, our constitution provides for women’s positions at every level of the organization.

Women serve on National Farmers Union committees dealing with issues ranging from farm economics and safety, to rural childcare and community concerns, to national and international agriculture issues.

Women are making valuable contributions throughout the organization by participating effectively in policy decisions, education and organizing.

In New Brunswick

In New Brunswick, the NFU-NB has a Women’s President who brings awareness to farm issues that particularly affect women farmers and women in farm families.


In 2014

Two of the NFU-NB’s female board members, Emily Shapiro, Women’s President, and Rébeka Fraser-Chiasson were named Young Leaders by 21inc.

At the 2014 National NFU Convention

Long time Board member, farmer, and women’s activist, Betty Brown, was recognized for her hard work and dedication by receiving the 2014 Grassroots Award for Region 1.

International Activist
Dr. Vandana Shiva

sums up the vital importance of women in agriculture

“All archeological records show that women were the first domesticators of crops. And they carry this 10,000 year knowledge and skill of seed. They carry the knowledge and skill of nutrition. They carry with them the knowledge and skill of how, in the worst of social circumstances, to be resilient: to make your ecosystems resilient, your own lives resilient and your communities resilient.”

– Dr. Vandana Shiva