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Over 10 years, the federal government is offering millions of dollars in agriculture-related incentives to assist producers in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

Comment: Farmers should get on board with green future

Not fighting climate change is no longer an option

Ottawa’s recently announced plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the cost of carbon over the next 10 years was met with predictable outrage from many in the agriculture sector. Already frustrated over having to pay for carbon uses, many farmers see the expanded plan as a crippling tax that ignores previous efforts made

Alastair Handley, president of Radicle.

No getting off the carbon reduction train

Farmers might be able to sway government but Mr. Market is speaking loud and clear

Climate change initiatives such as carbon taxes might elicit a lot of negativity in the Canadian agriculture sector. But ignoring them could also mean ignoring big opportunities, according to Alastair Handley, president of Radicle (formerly Carbon Credit Solutions). He’s been involved in carbon markets since 2007, when he started developing a system for Alberta farmers


Taxes and food rarely mix well together. If it doesn’t hurt those who provide us with food, it will eventually hit consumers, one way or another.

Comment: Households are getting sandwiched

Many Canadians are stuck between rising food prices and stagnant-at-best wages

Canada’s Food Price Report 2021 was released recently and brought some disconcerting news to Canadians. We could see food prices go up by as much as five per cent in 2021, the highest increase ever predicted by the authors, a group of 24 scholars from four different universities. For a family of four, the food bill could go

To discourage carbon emissions and mitigate climate change, the federal government is increasing the carbon tax to $170 a tonne over the next decade.

KAP pushes back on federal carbon tax increase

Farm equipment fuel is exempt from tax, but not grain drying or barn heating

The Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) is calling on federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau to “support farmers and stand up to her government’s recently announced carbon tax increase.” “Putting in place an exemption for fuel used for drying grain and heating and cooling barns, just like the one in place for greenhouses, is a start,” KAP

Bibeau promises help to farmers on rising carbon tax

Funds expected to help farmers cut emissions

A steadily rising carbon tax has a lot of Western Canada’s grain farmers wondering how they’ll compete in world markets against competitors not subjected to a similar tax. “I think the world market is also looking towards a greener economy and always more sustainable agriculture,” federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said when the question was


New greening programs planned for ag alongside carbon tax hike

Carbon price to hit $170 per tonne by 2030

A new federal climate plan which further cranks up taxes on carbon emissions also includes pledges of new programs to help sink more carbon into farmland. The government on Friday released the sequel to its 2016 Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change — a “strengthened” climate plan, titled A Healthy Environment and a

KAP asks ag-minister Bibeau to reconsider carbon tax on grain drying, barns

KAP is still arguing for an exemption on carbon tax for grain drying and barn heating and they're sending their data to Ottawa

The Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) want federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau to reconsider exempting grain drying and barn heating from the carbon tax. Manitoba’s general farm organization made the pitch, backed by additional data, in a July 31 letter. “Carbon tax costs for farmers are significant,” KAP president Bill Campbell said in the letter. “A

Wab Kinew at a recent press event.

NDP, province spar on data quality after grain dryer carbon tax exemption nixed

Should the province have gathered better data before fighting for a federal exemption on carbon tax for grain dryers?

Manitoba’s official Opposition says the province should have fought harder to get a carbon tax exemption for grain dryers, following last year’s “harvest from hell.” NDP Leader Wab Kinew has argued that the province failed to collect adequate data on carbon tax cost accrued by farmers, after saying it would do so in January. “The


NDP leader Wab Kinew, seen here addressing reporters on June 30, says the PC government didn’t do enough to help Manitoba farmers on a carbon tax exemption for grain drying.

NDP criticizes ‘ballpark’ figures on carbon tax cost of grain-drying

The official opposition is arguing that the province should have gathered better data before fighting for grain dryers to be exempted from carbon tax

Manitoba’s official Opposition says the province should have done more to quantify farm carbon tax cost before entering the ring with the federal government. Why it matters: Farmers in Manitoba say the carbon tax took a significant financial chunk out of their wallets given the surge in grain drying last fall — and farm groups

CPC leadership hopefuls list ending carbon tax as priority for agriculture

Party leadership candidates also look to strengthen trade relationships

Removing the carbon tax is the main priority for the two top Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leadership candidates, according to a recent survey. Peter MacKay and Erin O’Toole, considered the front-runners in a small field of leadership hopefuls, listed eliminating the environmental policy in response to a series of questions posed to them by