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Carbon tax relief for grain dryer fuels is slowly inching its way through Ottawa.

Farm fuel exemption hung up in Senate

If an election is called the private member’s bill will be effectively dead

A widely supported law intending to exempt grain-drying costs from federal carbon pricing might not get passed, despite gaining enough support from MPs. Canada’s Senate adjourned on June 29, and isn’t scheduled to return until Sept. 21. If an election is called in the interim, as many expect, legislation not passed by the Senate effectively dies. Conservative Party

Carbon levy increase impact ‘small’ on agriculture: PBO

Action limited to only certain activities and will result in a small carbon reduction

An increased carbon levy, and other measures aimed at achieving Canada’s emissions targets, won’t impact agriculture relative to other industries, according to a new report. The Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) released a report June 23 assessing impacts of the government’s plan to exceed the 2030 Paris reduction target for Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. “Our assessment


Guest Editorial: Carbon questions loom

The march to some sort of agricultural carbon economy is on and it’s integral that we get it right if we go down this road. Policy can’t be driven by politics and ideology. Unfortunately, the science of carbon sequestration continues to be fuzzy, which leaves open the opportunity for opinion to guide the policy. There

Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole speaks at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Nov. 19, 2020. (File photo: Reuters/Blair Gable)

Conservatives’ new climate plan puts price on carbon

New poll ranks carbon tax costs highest among farmers' springtime concerns

Canada’s ag sector is expected to serve as a carbon sink, a renewable fuel source and a beneficiary in the federal Conservative Party’s new climate change plan — which now includes putting a price on carbon. Party leader Erin O’Toole announced the new plan Thursday — after a long campaign of vehemently opposing such policy.

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


“APAS has estimated the cost of producing an acre of wheat will increase by $12.50 by the time the carbon tax is fully implemented in 2030.” – Todd Lewis, APAS.

Disappointment in Supreme Court’s carbon tax decision

In a 6-3 split the highest court in the land ruled reducing GHG emissions a national issue

Producer groups across Canada are expressing disappointment with the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to uphold a price on carbon as constitutional. In a March 25, 6-3 split, the court said that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is “a matter of national concern.” Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan had challenged the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, saying it interfered with provincial

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Top court upholds federal carbon pricing policy

Farm groups, fearing unsustainable costs, press for next steps

Calgary/Ottawa | Reuters — Canada’s Supreme Court ruled in favour of the federal government’s carbon pricing policy on Thursday, upholding a central pillar of Prime Minister Justin’s Trudeau’s climate plan and infuriating some provinces that opposed it. The country’s top court said climate change is a threat to Canada as a whole and upheld the

Editor’s Take: Governments need to provide clarity — quickly

The past year has proven — on many fronts — that the actions, inactions and inattentiveness of government can have an outsized impact on farms. As our reporter Geralyn Wichers writes in the March 25 issue of the Co-operator, the federal government has finally clarified the rules around farmers bringing temporary foreign workers into the


Drying costs can’t be passed on to buyers so Canadian farmers have argued a carbon tax puts them at a competitive disadvantage.

MP Philip Lawrence defends drying bill at committee

Bill sponsor MP Lawrence says farmers are paying a disproportionate share of the carbon tax

A law intending to offer financial relief from carbon pricing for farmers drying grain was the focus of a recent parliamentary committee. On March 9, MPs sitting on the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food had a chance to question the bill’s creator, Conservative MP Philip Lawrence. The proposed law reached committee after receiving support from each party outside


Carbon tax relief for grain dryer fuels is slowly inching its way through Ottawa.

Carbon tax rebate on grain-drying fuels coming

MP Jim Carr, special representative for the Prairies, reiterated Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau’s pledge

Farmers can expect a rebate on carbon taxes paid on fuels used to dry grain, Jim Carr, the federal government’s special representative for the Prairies, told the Canadian Crops (Virtual) Convention March 2. However, he didn’t provide any details. “There is promising news on this front,” Carr told the meeting hosted by the Canola Council