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While most Canadians favour putting a price on greenhouse gas pollution, some producers argue that carbon pricing will keep increasing costs of inputs, transport, heating and grain drying.

Opinion: Court puts Prairie provinces on carbon spot

The Supreme Court of Canada has given some provincial governments additional incentive to develop their own carbon plans. In a 6-3 split decision on March 25, the high court ruled the 2018 law putting a floor price on carbon emissions is constitutional. Prairie premiers upset with the decision will now have to develop and implement

Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau.

Opinion: Bibeau missed boat on grain drying

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau had plenty of time to add grain drying as an eligible exemption under the federal carbon pricing plan, but ruled out doing so last year. Her and her colleagues shouldn’t now be standing in the way of cross-partisan support to address the issue. Let’s recap to see how

Opinion: Uncertainty plaguing key ag files

Uncertainty remains a key component in several of the federal minister of agriculture’s files. A little more than two years into her current role, Marie-Claude Bibeau has been unable to gain the provincial support needed to find a solution for Canada’s business risk management programs. As she noted herself recently, it has been over 100

Opinion: Dairy producers should be more transparent

Opinion: Dairy producers should be more transparent

A closed-doors annual meeting sends the wrong message at a crucial time

Canada’s dairy industry continues to receive financial and moral support from taxpayers and consumers; but producers should recognize the role transparency plays in ensuring that relationship remains healthy. The Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC), set to receive billions of dollars in direct payments from Canadian taxpayers, recently held its 2021 annual policy meeting behind closed

With Joe Biden as the incoming U.S. president, Canada’s climate policy may end up benefiting farmers.

Opinion: Biden’s victory a win for carbon pricing policy

Expect opposition to evaporate as one of the world’s largest economies signs on

President-elect Joe Biden’s climate strategy will lay waste to the opposition some Canadians have to our country’s carbon pricing policy. Biden campaigned on aggressively combating climate change. When he becomes president in January, it is expected he will create investment in green technologies. Like Canada, the United States will soon be trying to reach net-zero


Opinion: Playing the long game

Opinion: Playing the long game

Canada should consider how to re-engage China for when time is right

Glacier FarmMedia – Despite a massive roadblock between China and Canada, conversations on how to improve the trading relationship between the two countries are worth having. The Canada West Foundation’s (CWF) recent report entitled Re-engagement Strategies for China on Agricultural Issues, written by Carlo Dade, the CWF’s director of its Trade & Investment Centre and

New tech in agriculture can make a farm more efficient and sustainable, but strong connectivity to the internet is essential to make it work.

Opinion: Universal internet helps make food more sustainable

Urban consumers could become great advocates for rural internet

Consumers wanting to reduce the carbon intensity of their food should advocate for better rural internet. Most agricultural towns have broadband, but in the country cell service fades. Telematics produced by farm equipment has to be stored, getting pushed to the cloud at the farmyards while IoT devices use networks, like LoRaWAn. Network-controlled automation is

Iowa, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Indiana are being considered swing states – each also ranks among the country’s top 10 agricultural-producing states.

Opinion: No winner for Canadian farmers

No matter the outcome of the U.S. election, subsidies are going to keep flowing

No matter who wins the upcoming election in the United States, Canadian farmers can expect to continue facing tough competition from their heavily subsidized peers south of the border. Fairly early in his 2016 election bid, it became clear producers saw Trump as the favoured candidate. His nationalist rhetoric helped win farmers over. A candidate


parliament hill in Canada

Opinion: Plenty of work for new-look Agriculture Committee

This body is generally fair minded and pragmatic, an anomaly for Ottawa

Members of Parliament sitting on the committee studying agricultural and agri-food issues will have no shortage of topics to explore. The first meeting of the current parliamentary session was held on Oct. 8, the latest since July. It was then MPs were concluding the work they had done studying business risk management (BRM) programs. Between

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks to the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in 2018.

Opinion: Federal Liberals making good on throne promises

So far the feds are ready to put money where their mouth is

The governing minority Liberals are making good on recent promises made to those living in rural communities. They are building on commitments to enhance rural broadband access, pay compensation for supply-managed industries impacted by trade deals and look to agriculture to be an economic driver in the fight against climate change from the throne speech

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