Farmers resist foreclosures

Year Published:  1989
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX3666

An organized campaign of resistance to farm foreclosures is under way in rural Saskatchewan. More than 1,500 farmers have attended meetings this fall to plan farm-gate defenses and to organize a boycott of foreclosed land. Two groups, the Agricultural Action Co-operative, and the Christian Farm Crisis Action Committee, have distributed hundreds of posters and notices to co-ordinate the campaign. "Refuse to buy, rent or lease any land seized by lending institutions," the notices say. "Refuse to allow lending institutions to conduct successful auction sales to dispose of your neighbour's assets...Please do not assist them in destroying our rural sector." Jake Bendal of the Christian Farm Crisis Action Committee estimates that 8,000 to 10,000 farmers in the province are facing a threatened seizure of their land or equipment. "At first they thought it was their fault for being poor managers. But now they realize it's happening to everybody."

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