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Carbon tax relief for grain dryer fuels is slowly inching its way through Ottawa.

Farm fuel exemption hung up in Senate

If an election is called the private member’s bill will be effectively dead

A widely supported law intending to exempt grain-drying costs from federal carbon pricing might not get passed, despite gaining enough support from MPs. Canada’s Senate adjourned on June 29, and isn’t scheduled to return until Sept. 21. If an election is called in the interim, as many expect, legislation not passed by the Senate effectively dies. Conservative Party

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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


Triple Green Products’ BioDryAir heating unit, which it says 
can hook up to most grain dryers.

Morris-based company debuts crop residue-fuelled grain dryers

Triple Green Products says its BioDryAir unit can hook up to most grain dryers and save farmers significant cash on fuel

A Morris-based company will soon debut a biomass-fuelled heat source for grain drying. “Drying grain has become one of the most energy-intensive operations on the farm. It’s a significant cost to farming operations and in many cases is subject to carbon tax,” said Cam Cornelsen, co-owner of Triple Green Products. Cornelsen spoke during Manitoba Sustainable Energy Association’s (ManSEA)

Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau.

Opinion: Bibeau missed boat on grain drying

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau had plenty of time to add grain drying as an eligible exemption under the federal carbon pricing plan, but ruled out doing so last year. Her and her colleagues shouldn’t now be standing in the way of cross-partisan support to address the issue. Let’s recap to see how

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Top court upholds federal carbon pricing policy

Farm groups, fearing unsustainable costs, press for next steps

Calgary/Ottawa | Reuters — Canada’s Supreme Court ruled in favour of the federal government’s carbon pricing policy on Thursday, upholding a central pillar of Prime Minister Justin’s Trudeau’s climate plan and infuriating some provinces that opposed it. The country’s top court said climate change is a threat to Canada as a whole and upheld the


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

Winnipeg South Centre MP Jim Carr speaks to the Canadian Crops Virtual Convention on March 2, 2021. (CCVC video screengrab)

Carbon tax rebate on grain drying fuels coming

Jim Carr reiterates Bibeau's pledge from last week

Farmers can expect a rebate on carbon taxes paid on fuels used to dry grain, Jim Carr, the federal cabinet’s special representative for the Prairies, told the Canadian Crops Virtual Convention on Tuesday. However, he didn’t provide any details. “There is promising news on this front,” Carr told the meeting, hosted by the Canola Council

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Grain drying relief moving forward, one way or other

Governing Liberals telegraph plans to introduce their own measure

Despite voting against a bill to exempt certain farm fuels from the carbon tax, the governing federal Liberals say tax relief for grain drying is coming. Conservative MP Philip Lawrence’s private member’s bill C-206, An Act to amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (qualifying farming fuel), passed second reading in the House of Commons


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Diesel prices, carbon tax cause headaches for farmers

MarketsFarm — Crude oil prices have been steadily on the rise since last November as oil-producing nations implement production cuts and Canadian farmers already affected by climbing diesel prices will have to dig deeper into their wallets this April. On April 1, the federal government’s carbon levy on diesel will go up from 8.05 cents

Adding heat, such as from a portable direct flame heater like this one, can turn “poor drying days into good drying days.”

Now is the time to start thinking about conditioning canola

Having the right setup and the manpower capacity for turning bins are keys to avoiding spoilage

Two late and wet harvests in a row have greatly increased canola spoilage — and upped the need to have a conditioning plan in place early on. “It’s really important to consider this topic now when there is time rather than being in the heat of harvest and having to make decisions,” said Lorne Grieger,