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Three priority areas are available under a research and innovation stream: green energy and energy efficiency, precision agriculture and bioeconomy.

Federal government offer details on Clean Tech funding

More efficient grain dryers are a major part of the planned spending

A program aimed at reducing climate change on Canadian farms could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to one megaton, according to federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau. Details on how to apply for the federal government’s Agricultural Clean Technology Program were made available earlier in June. While a variation of the program

Feds’ pathway to permanent residency program under fire

Advocacy groups say the programs have too many arbitrary barriers for farm workers

Migrant farm workers will be able to apply for permanent residency through a new federal program, but critics say the Liberal’s plan is flawed. Essential temporary foreign workers and international grads from Canadian schools will be able to apply for one of the 90,000 new permanent residencies. There are 30,000 spots dedicated to temporary workers


Such criticism is misleading, and wrongly places the blame on Ottawa.

Opinion: Feds came with cash, Prairies didn’t

The western provinces want to blame the feds for failing to fund, while keeping their own purses closed

The Prairie provinces are being disingenuous in their failure to take responsibility for AgriStability reform talks that floundered largely due to their tight pockets. Yes, the AgriStability saga between Prairie provinces and the federal government continues, despite the two sides agreeing on a major reform. After more than a year of back-and-forth negotiations, provinces agreed

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

Editorial: Effective ag stabilization programs a must

It’s tempting to look into the shadows for a deep, dark conspiracy behind the three Prairie provinces’ reluctance to fully support AgriStability. The farm income support program, cost shared 60-40 by the federal and provincial governments, compensates participating farmers if their farm income minus eligible expenses drops below a certain threshold. Farmers and their organizations


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

Opinion: Uncertainty plaguing key ag files

Uncertainty remains a key component in several of the federal minister of agriculture’s files. A little more than two years into her current role, Marie-Claude Bibeau has been unable to gain the provincial support needed to find a solution for Canada’s business risk management programs. As she noted herself recently, it has been over 100

Opinion: Dairy producers should be more transparent

Opinion: Dairy producers should be more transparent

A closed-doors annual meeting sends the wrong message at a crucial time

Canada’s dairy industry continues to receive financial and moral support from taxpayers and consumers; but producers should recognize the role transparency plays in ensuring that relationship remains healthy. The Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC), set to receive billions of dollars in direct payments from Canadian taxpayers, recently held its 2021 annual policy meeting behind closed


According to the Impact Canada website, over half of all food in Canada is wasted every year.

Large turnout for Food Waste Reduction Challenge applications

The federal government has received 343 applications under its Food Waste Reduction Challenge. An initiative under the Food Policy for Canada, the $20-million initiative was launched in November 2020 to accelerate and advance “diverse and high-impact solutions” to food waste in Canada. Up to $10.8 million will be awarded under Streams A and B to

“I think there is an opportunity for our farmers to be recognized for all the efforts they are doing to reduce their emissions... ” – Marie-Claude Bibeau.

Bibeau announces Greenhouse Gas Offset System

The minister says this will be an opportunity for farmers to generate carbon credits

The federal government is developing a Greenhouse Gas Offset System program for farmers. “It could offer important opportunities for farmers to generate carbon offset credits,” federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau told Keystone Agricultural Producers’ (KAP) online annual meeting Jan. 26. “Over the coming weeks we will publish regulations for comment, and one of the first offset credit proposals under development