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Big ag goes headhunting for carbon offsets

EMERGING | In a wild, wild west of carbon programming services, should producers buy in (or rather sell in) to the sales pitch?

As Canadian and U.S. carbon markets heat up, big ag companies are throwing their hats into the carbon offset program ring and looking to recruit farmers to produce those offsets. This June, fertilizer giant Nutrien rolled out a plan to expand its pilot carbon program which began last year. With about 200,000 acres enrolled in

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Clean ag tech adoption fund open for applications

Intake open and ongoing for Agricultural Clean Technology Program

A federal program farmers can use to invest in “cleaner” on-farm equipment — including money specifically for more efficient grain dryers — is now taking applications. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on Wednesday announced the $165.7 million Agricultural Clean Technology Program is “now open to applicants.” First launched in 2018 and earmarked for expansion under



Top weather stories of 2020

Heat was the recurring theme for the year, and it manifested itself in many ways

Hard to believe another year has come to an end, and for most of us 2020 will be one to remember, but not necessarily for the best reasons. To begin the new year, I usually take a detailed look back at the previous year and then our customary look ahead to see what the new

Average sea surface temperature anomalies over the equatorial Pacific Ocean for the week centred on Oct. 28, 2020 compared to 1981-2010 base period. (CPC.ncep.noaa.gov)

WMO officially calls a La Nina winter

MarketsFarm — A La Nina weather event has officially developed in the Pacific Ocean and is expected to continue into 2021, affecting temperatures, precipitation and storm patterns around the world, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The global declaration of the La Nina event by the United Nations’ agency will be used by governments


Karen Klassen and her father, George, farm near Manitou, Man.

Group calls for climate-resilient ag in COVID-19 recovery

Farmers faced a ‘double whammy’ of extreme weather and the pandemic this year, according to the group Farmers for Climate Solutions

Farmers for Climate Solutions is calling for the federal government to back financial incentives for climate-friendly farming practices as part of its COVID-19 response. “We think that new investments through this economic recovery plan must also prioritize climate resilience so it’s lasting,” said the coalition’s director, Karen Ross. This year, she added, farmers have faced

... there is some indication that excess heat entering the atmosphere from the large amount of open ocean in the Arctic helped to alter Arctic weather patterns.

Earth continues to run a fever

After weeks of rapid growth, October’s average sea ice extent came in at a record low

It’s been a while since we’ve looked at what has been happening, weather-wise, around the world, so I figured we should do that. To start off, we don’t have to go further than our own backyard. The global temperature anomalies for October have all come out and nearly all of the different reporting agencies agreed

By the numbers, the amounts of rainfall that fell in parts of Manitoba between Sept. 19-22 and a historical reference of several precipitation records that were broken.

Manitoba just came out of its wettest September in 100 years

Summer-like humidity led to a couple of record-warm overnights


With my new earlier deadline it’s just a bit too early for me to do my look back at the previous month’s weather, but I think it is pretty obvious what this week’s weather topic should be: rain. As I work away on this article late trying to beat my morning deadline, it’s raining once


A quick look back at global weather in 2018

We’re looking at a 90 per cent chance of a weak El Niño through this winter

To wrap up last year’s weather articles, I thought I would do a quick look back at how the globe fared, weather-wise, during 2018. To start, let’s look back at November: according to both NOAA and NASA, it was the fifth warmest on record with the only warmer months coming in 2015, 2013, 2010 and

Hurricane Florence and Ottawa’s tornadoes

For heaviest tropical-storm rain in that part of the U.S., Florence now holds the record

OK, OK — I’ll take the blame for our weather turning cold! As my family has so nicely pointed out, I jinxed it when I talked about how long the growing season has been and that we might be able to pull off a record-long season. Then, a couple of days later, what happens? Southern