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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

The national budget watchdog has put a price on a fuel exemption for farmers from the carbon tax.

PBO estimates cost of expanded carbon tax exemption

Estimates are based on expected consumption over the next half-decade

A report from Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) says the cost of exempting more farm fuels from carbon pricing will cost $235 million over the next five years. Conservative MP Philip Lawrence introduced a private member’s bill in February 2020 that would extend the exemption for qualifying farming fuel to marketable natural gas and propane,

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

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Bayer launches carbon capture pilot for U.S., Brazilian farmers

Chem and seed firm expects to expand plan to other countries

Chicago | Reuters — Bayer launched a pilot program in the United States and Brazil on Tuesday that will pay farmers for capturing carbon in cropland soils, making it the latest agriculture company to capitalize on environmental initiatives. The company seeks to enroll about 1,200 row crop growers in its Bayer Carbon Initiative in the

Weather school: Why does it get warm?

Weather school: Why does it get warm?

A greenhouse is an inexact metaphor for how Earth absorbs and emits energy

Last time in weather school we looked at how heat moves around by examining conduction, convection, advection and latent heat transfer. This week in our weather lesson we’ll start to explore the Earth’s energy balance, or what’s often referred to as our energy budget. Before we can dive into that topic, however, we must first

Maple Leaf Foods CEO Michael McCain says the carbon neutral status isn’t the end of the 
company’s efforts to minimize its environmental footprint.

Maple Leaf Foods goes carbon neutral

The move positions the Canadian company as a global leader

Through reducing emissions and investing in offsetting projects, Maple Leaf Foods has become the first major food company in the world to become carbon neutral, the company announced Nov. 7. “Given the impact that climate change is having on our planet, our vision is one that calls us to strive for continuous improvement by reducing

Corn grows on a farm

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

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U.S. government report says climate change will batter economy

Reuters — Climate change will cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, hitting everything from health to infrastructure, according to a government report issued on Friday that the White House called inaccurate. The congressionally mandated report, written with the help of more than a dozen U.S. government