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Wheat in Whitehorse: How climate change helps feed Canada’s remote regions

Newfoundland and Labrador also pushing to expand arable land base

Winnipeg/Ottawa | Reuters — After failing to grow wheat in the Yukon territory 15 years ago, farmer Steve Mackenzie-Grieve gave it another shot in 2017. Thanks to longer summers, he has reaped three straight harvests. This spring he plans to sow canola on his family’s 450-acre farm near Whitehorse, a city not much further from

New Brunswick postpones pesticide use hearings

Deadline extended for written submissions

The New Brunswick government’s planned public hearings on the use of glyphosate and other pesticides are postponed, and more time is being granted for the public to file written briefs. The provincial legislature’s all-party standing committee on climate change and environmental stewardship on Feb. 5 announced it would hold hearings in Fredericton March 24-27 “on


Grain drying and other agricultural activities will be exempt from the carbon tax — if the federal government signs off on the provincial plan.

Province going ahead on flat carbon tax, lower PST

The province says farmers will get their wish on grain drying and barn heating exemptions, if the federal government accepts the provincial plan

The province is again pushing for a $25-per-tonne flat rate on carbon tax — along with exemptions on fuel for grain drying and heating barns — despite an ongoing spat with Ottawa. At the same time, the province has announced that the PST will be dropping from seven to six per cent. Both are set

Private sector push will give farmers carbon opportunities

Companies like MacDonald’s and Maple Leaf foods will likely partner with farmers to offset emissions

Western Canadian farmers lead the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions — they just don’t get paid for it, says an expert in the carbon-credit market. But that’s starting to change, said Jon Alcock, sustainability specialist at Viresco Solutions, a company that develops carbon credits and “carbon intensity scores.” Compliance-based carbon offset credits in Canada

Farmer Jeff McCole, 70, pauses in front of his family home destroyed by bushfire in Buchan, Victoria, Australia, Jan. 23, 2020.

In fire-hit rural Australia, climate change debate burns deep

Per capita, Australia has one of the world’s highest carbon footprints

Reuters – Returning from a morning feeding his sheep, Jeff McCole, a 70-year-old farmer, paused to take in the bittersweet scene – a few droplets of rain falling onto the remains of his fire-ravaged home. “Nothing like the sound of rain on a tin roof,” he said, as he scanned the residue of a lifetime of memories scattered


Dean Harder farms near Lowe Farm, Manitoba.

Farmer-led campaign to inform, lobby for climate solutions

Farmers for Climate Solutions wants any conversation on climate change to include agriculture

A Manitoba farmer says a new agriculture-led campaign for climate solutions gives producers a chance to learn from each other while moving the needle on climate action. “This gives a place, a location for those that have that mentality — I think the majority of farmers actually fit in that category — to make a

In global weather news, heat rises to the top

The record-level warmth of 2019 didn’t even have an El Niño to blame

After spending some time looking at the top weather stories of 2019 across our part of the world, it’s time to take a step back and examine the top weather stories from around the globe. But — oh, you knew there was going to be a “but” — I would be doing a disservice if

Editor’s Take: Lobby power

I’m sure at some point or another most farmers have felt their voice is never heard in public policy debates. There’s a germ of truth to it, mainly because of the demographic realities. When less than two per cent of the population is a member of any particular group, they’re always going to struggle to


Forecast: Split flow brings mild weather

Covering the period from January 29 to February 5

Once again, the weather models have been doing a decent job with the short- to medium-term forecasts. As usual, some of the smaller details are getting missed, but the models are handling the overall pattern quite well. For most of the last forecast period and the first part of this forecast period we have been

Weather disruptions can lead to production losses across major agriculture-producing regions.

Farm Credit Canada highlights three disruptors in 2020

The federal ag lender says climate change, protectionism and automation are the issues to watch this year

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) believes there are three major factors that will disrupt Canadian agriculture in 2020, according to a prepared statement from the federal agency. Those disruptors are climate change, protectionism and automation, which FCC chief agricultural economist J.P. Gervais said could promote or inhibit growth in the industry. “We call them disruptors for