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GHG emissions in the Canadian agriculture sector peaked in 2005 while production has steadily increased.

Canadian farmers have made significant emissions reductions

But their contributions are little understood or recognized, a new report says

Canadian farmers receive too little credit for their progress in curbing carbon emissions that cause climate change, according to a new study. The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) recently released the report, which took full aim at another recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. CAPI says it fails to mention “the Canadian

Farmers prefer provincial carbon tax to Ottawa’s

The provincial government rejects the federal government’s offer to reconsider its plan

Many Manitoba farm groups prefer Manitoba’s scrapped carbon tax to Ottawa’s. Manitoba’s plan, which Premier Brian Pallister withdrew Oct. 4, would have exempted not only fuels burned in farm equipment, but in grain dryers and livestock barns. The federal plan for Manitoba announced Oct. 23 only exempts farm equipment fuel and 80 per cent of


Editorial: Stuck in the middle

Manitoba farmers are caught in the middle of a nasty spat between Ottawa and Broadway. The province recently scrapped its carbon tax proposal after learning Ottawa would be imposing its own. That concerned local farm groups as the provincial proposal had some hard-fought recognition for the precarious position of the province’s farm business community. Most

Farm gasoline and diesel will be exempt from the federal carbon tax, but fuel to heat buildings and dry grain may not be.

Details on Ottawa’s carbon tax for Manitoba coming soon

Farm equipment fuel will be exempted but what about for grain dryers and barns?

The federal government has yet to announce details of its upcoming carbon tax, but it seems farm fuels will be exempted. “Our government knows that Canadian farmers are part of the climate change solution, and both gasoline and diesel fuels for on-farm use will be exempted from our plan to price pollution,” Dominic LeBlanc, minister

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the majority of Manitobans will receive more in carbon tax rebates than they will pay in carbon taxes .

Carbon tax rebates prominent part of federal plan announced Oct. 23

KAP wants grain drying and barn heating fuels exempted

Most Manitobans will get more money in carbon tax rebates than they’ll pay after the federal government’s carbon tax of $20 a tonne starts in April 2019, Prime Minister Trudeau announced Oct. 23. Farm fuel will be exempted from the controversial tax designed to encourage Canadians to emit less carbon in the fight against climate


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

James Battershill, general manager for Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP).

Manitoba’s consultations begin on pricing for carbon emissions

KAP members will be looking at what an offset market means for agriculture

The provincial government has released a consultation document on devising a new output-based pricing system (OBPS) related to carbon emissions. The OBPS system, like a cap-and-trade program, will apply to large-scale industrial facilities with annual emissions of 50,000 tonnes or more of carbon dioxide equivalent, requiring these facilities to meet specific emission targets, or pay

Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler spoke at the KAP spring advisory meeting in Portage la Prairie April 6.

Manitoba’s climate plan implementation delayed to fall

Provincial Opposition delays passage of Bill 16, saying Manitobans need more time to push for increased 
green spending from revenue collected through a carbon tax

The provincial agricultural minister said he’s disappointed about the delays his government now faces implementing its made-in-Manitoba carbon tax. The Opposition on April 5 chose to push Bill 16 forward to fall, saying Manitobans should use the time to push the government to spend the revenues on green programming. Bill 16 will pass but this


Editorial: Future risks

Manitoba’s agriculture community is welcoming news it will be getting a few more exemptions from the incoming provincial carbon tax. The Pallister government this week announced fuels used to heat and cool livestock buildings and greenhouses and to dry grain would get a pass on the tax. The sector successfully argued from the outset it

Manitoba municipalities say carbon tax dollars should flow to them to help them prepare for climate extremes.

Municipalities should get carbon tax revenue: poll

Majority says local communities should get between one-half 
and all of the funds raised by the province

Most Manitobans say carbon tax revenue should go to municipalities — with rural residents slightly more convinced than Winnipeggers at least half should be returned to them. Those are poll results shared by the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) last week. The AMM commissioned Probe Research to ask 1,000 Manitobans how much, if any, of