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Premier Brian Pallister and Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires unveiled the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan Oct. 27, 2017 at Oak Hammock Marsh. The plan included a flat $25-a-tonne carbon tax and programs to cut carbon emissions. Last week Pallister announced since Ottawa is going to impose its carbon tax on Manitoba, the province won’t implement its tax. However, the green plan programs will still go ahead, he said.

Manitoba scraps carbon tax in anticipation Ottawa will impose its own

But Premier Pallister wants Ottawa’s carbon tax to include the same exemptions for farmers as Manitoba’s

The Manitoba government won’t launch its Made-in-Manitoba carbon tax because Ottawa is imposing its own, but Manitoba is going ahead with the carbon reduction programs in its Climate and Green Plan. The province also says when the federal government starts taxing carbon here the same exemptions for farmers set out under Manitoba’s cancelled tax should

Beef Producers sees carbon policy as a win, but still has some worries

Manitoba Beef Producers saw some of its priorities reflected in the province’s proposed carbon plan, but say input prices are still a concern

Manitoba Beef Producers has checked exemptions for on-farm emissions and farm fuel off its carbon policy wish list, but it’s not done yet. MBP general manager Brian Lemon says there’s still plenty of advocacy work to be done on the details on the plan. Read more: Manitoba carbon plan targets lower rates Read more: Mazier defends


Manitoba’s ‘climate and green’ plan good policy, smart politics

It's often easier and safer to oppose something than to come up with a plan and implement it

The “Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan” is smart politics, but more importantly could be good policy. That latter hinges on the plan to cut carbon emissions by up to 2.6 million tonnes by 2022 working. But there’s a possibility it might not be implemented, or at least not fully. The federal government says Manitoba’s flat

KAP president Dan Mazier says the farm organization got much of what it wanted from the “Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan,” including a carbon tax exemption on “marked” farm fuel.

Mazier defends KAP’s approach on ‘made-in-Manitoba’ carbon tax

He says the position was developed democratically and KAP got much of what it wanted to reduce the negative impact on farmers

A year after the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) opted to participate as the provincial government developed “A Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan,” some KAP members are asking why the farm organization doesn’t oppose a carbon tax. “I find this entire carbon tax thing to be a complete fiasco and I view our prime minister (Justin

Purple fuel is exempt from Manitoba’s $25-a-tonne carbon plan that starts next year, but the province hasn’t decided if the exemption will apply to barn heating or grain dryer fuels. Premier Brian Pallister rolled out his Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan at Oak Hammock Marsh Oct. 27.

Purple farm fuels exempted from Manitoba carbon tax

The government is emphasizing the newly released ‘Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan’ is much more than just a carbon tax and is seeking citizen feedback

Purple fuel won’t be subject to Manitoba’s proposed carbon tax, but that exemption may not be extended to heating for barns, greenhouses and grain dryers. The plan calls for Manitoba to bring in a flat $25-a-tonne carbon tax coming next year, rather than the federal government’s $10-a-tonne levy that would rise over time to $50


Agriculture major player in ‘Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan’

Increasing the biodiesel mandate could cut up to 431,000 tonnes of carbon by 2022, second only to reductions expected from the $25-a-tonne carbon tax

Agriculture’s role in reducing carbon emissions and protecting the environment looms large in the provincial government’s, Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. The word “agriculture” appears 34 times in the 60-page document. “Manitoba’s farmers are at the front lines of climate change and need to be at the forefront of solutions,” the plan says. “The Manitoba

KAP’s advisory council further refined the general farm organization’s carbon tax policy at its April 20 meeting passing of a resolution to review all other options, including a GST-style approach so farmers could get carbon taxes in products they buy rebated. KAP’s standing policy to exempt agricultural production from the tax so farmers remain internationally competitive, credit farmers for their beneficial practices protecting the environment and for government to show where every carbon tax dollar is raised and spent, remains in place.

Keystone Agricultural Producers adds detail to its carbon tax policy

Some KAP delegates argued the farm group should oppose a carbon tax, 
but others said since a tax was inevitable KAP should help government 
create a tax that won’t make farmers uncompetitive

Keystone Agricultural Producers’ (KAP) carbon tax policy was further refined at its advisory council meeting here April 20. But an almost hour-long debate on five carbon tax-related resolutions revealed some KAP members want KAP to oppose a carbon tax. “We want to wait and get everybody (in competing agricultural countries) on board before we move

Minto farmer Bill Campbell says based on the erratic weather on his farm the past five years climate change is real. During a debate on carbon pricing at Keystone Agricultural Producers’ advisory council meeting in Portage la Prairie Nov. 3 he argued passionately farmers should participate in reducing greenhouse gas emission.

KAP develops carbon pricing position after intense debate

Farmers should be exempted from paying a price on emissions resulting directly from food production, while getting some of the carbon revenues to help them further reduce emissions

There was vigorous back and forth as the Keystone Agricultural Producers laid out its carbon policy Nov. 3 at the fall advisory council meeting in Portage la Prairie. At times the discussion turned emotional as both sides had strongly held views on the issue. Farmers’ should be exempted from paying a price on any carbon


Mario Tenuta, professor of applied soil ecology at the University of Manitoba predicts, among other things, that anhydrous ammonia and urea — popular nitrogen fertilizers — will be banned because they produce too much nitrous oxide — a powerful greenhouse gas.

In the battle to mitigate global warming farmers’ nitrogen use will be scrutinized

But soil scientist Mario Tenuta says there are things farmers can do to help themselves

The fight to control global warning will bring about big changes in how Manitoba farmers farm, says Mario Tenuta, professor of applied soil ecology and chair and adviser of the B.Sc. Agroecology Program at the University of Manitoba. “I predict eventually they will outlaw anhydrous ammonia and urea and replace it with high-efficiency (nitrogen) fertilizer,”

Thousands of litres of fuel are needed for farmers to grow, maintain and harvest their crops, and a carbon tax could dramatically rise their fuel costs.

Carbon tax alarms agriculture groups

Too heavy-handed regulation that’s out of step with other countries could put Canadian farmers at a disadvantage

Proposals for a carbon tax to help reduce emissions that cause climate change pose a major threat to Canadian farmers, says the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. Canadian farmers already have to cope with a tough climate, says Robin Speer, WCWGA executive director. “They’re already producing more food while using less land, water and fuel