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Guest Editorial: Carbon questions loom

The march to some sort of agricultural carbon economy is on and it’s integral that we get it right if we go down this road. Policy can’t be driven by politics and ideology. Unfortunately, the science of carbon sequestration continues to be fuzzy, which leaves open the opportunity for opinion to guide the policy. There

Scott Moe contends carbon stored by the Saskatchewan producers “should be recognized going back decades.”

Opinion: Scott Moe’s carbon credit stance unsalable

Emitters won’t recognize — or pay for — carbon sequestered decades ago

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe continuing to believe farmers should be credited for decades-old actions demonstrates his overall reluctance to recognize the significance of climate change. Beaten by the Supreme Court of Canada, Moe is now in the unenviable position of having to develop and introduce a carbon pricing policy. Most of his constituents don’t want


Letters: Carbon credits a bogus solution

I have always had great respect for Laura Rance’s understanding and support for agriculture and rural life in Manitoba. That is until I read her editorial in the Feb. 25 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator, where I was appalled to see her endorsement of Maple Leaf Foods buying bogus carbon credits from American farmers so

“APAS has estimated the cost of producing an acre of wheat will increase by $12.50 by the time the carbon tax is fully implemented in 2030.” – Todd Lewis, APAS.

Disappointment in Supreme Court’s carbon tax decision

In a 6-3 split the highest court in the land ruled reducing GHG emissions a national issue

Producer groups across Canada are expressing disappointment with the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to uphold a price on carbon as constitutional. In a March 25, 6-3 split, the court said that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is “a matter of national concern.” Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan had challenged the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, saying it interfered with provincial


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

Carbon tax rebate on grain-drying fuels coming

MP Jim Carr, special representative for the Prairies, reiterated Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau’s pledge

Farmers can expect a rebate on carbon taxes paid on fuels used to dry grain, Jim Carr, the federal government’s special representative for the Prairies, told the Canadian Crops (Virtual) Convention March 2. However, he didn’t provide any details. “There is promising news on this front,” Carr told the meeting hosted by the Canola Council


MCA urged to help farmers reduce nitrous oxide emissions

MCA urged to help farmers reduce nitrous oxide emissions

Manitoba Crop Alliance (MCA) could help farmers cut nitrous oxide emissions, a potent greenhouse gas, in the future. MCA members passed a resolution calling on the organization to set up an “ongoing Farmer-to-Farmer Soils and Crops Management educational forum to help farmers implement best management practices aimed to reduce nitrous oxide… released from our soils.”

Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, with Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna (l) and Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault (r), speaks at the Dominion Arboretum in Ottawa on Dec. 11, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Blair Gable)

No credit expected for farmers’ past work in new carbon market

Work on protocols for specific projects to begin this spring, department says

Draft regulations for Canada’s new carbon market show Canadian farmers won’t receive credit for removing any greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from the atmosphere prior to 2017. Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson on Friday announced the offset market, to be known as the Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset System. A 60-day public consultation period on draft regulations

“Other Canadian sectors are being well supported to reduce emissions and re-skill the labour force, but farmers are being left behind.

Farmer coalition calls for $300 million to cut ag emissions

The group recommends six programs it says will boost climate-friendly farming practices

A coalition of farmers, scientists, economists and policy experts are calling for the federal government to put $300 million of its 2021 budget toward cutting agriculture greenhouse gas emissions. “Most Canadians, and almost all supply chains, are asking for more sustainable food and farming,” said Ian McCreary in a news release. “But as a farmer,


“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

Over 10 years, the federal government is offering millions of dollars in agriculture-related incentives to assist producers in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

Comment: Farmers should get on board with green future

Not fighting climate change is no longer an option

Ottawa’s recently announced plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the cost of carbon over the next 10 years was met with predictable outrage from many in the agriculture sector. Already frustrated over having to pay for carbon uses, many farmers see the expanded plan as a crippling tax that ignores previous efforts made