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Private sector push will give farmers carbon opportunities

Companies like MacDonald’s and Maple Leaf foods will likely partner with farmers to offset emissions

Western Canadian farmers lead the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions — they just don’t get paid for it, says an expert in the carbon-credit market. But that’s starting to change, said Jon Alcock, sustainability specialist at Viresco Solutions, a company that develops carbon credits and “carbon intensity scores.” Compliance-based carbon offset credits in Canada

Grains sector backed to develop export rejection insurance

Code of practice for 'sustainable' crops also in works

The organization representing Canada’s crops sector will get public funding to develop an insurance plan against the “unpredictability” of export customers. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, speaking Wednesday at the CropConnect conference in Winnipeg, announced over $430,000 for the Canada Grains Council to develop a pilot insurance product for grain exporters. Such an insurance plan


Steven Rosenzweig says General Mills is promoting regenerative agriculture because it helps meet the company’s sustainability goals.

Regenerative ag finds a corporate champion

General Mills supports regenerative agriculture, but says it’s not about something to slap on its label

[UPDATED: Feb. 3, 2020] When the topic of who might drive a regenerative agriculture push comes up, one name keeps cropping up: General Mills. The Minnesota-based producer of packaged consumer goods first staked out its claim to this turf by promising in 2015 to source its top 10 ingredients sustainably by 2020. As it nears

Visitors to Brooks and Jen White’s farm, Borderland Agriculture near Pierson, Man., got a closer look at adaptive grazing with bison in summer 2018.

Can regenerative agriculture products find a premium niche?

“We have a product that we should be able to demand a premium from. I just don’t know how to do it,” says Brooks White

Pipestone’s Brooks White needs no convincing about the biological value of regenerative agriculture. His fields of cover crops, annual stands grazed by bison, and adaptive pasture system speak for themselves of his commitment to this way of farming. And for that commitment he’s been rewarded — in the form of lower inputs, higher soil organic matter, more and better feed for his livestock and




Is Canada’s agri-food system ready to compete in the future of good food?

Opinion: The future of good food

Canada’s agriculture and food system need to be able to compete in the sustainability realm

People are passionate about good food. While the definition of ‘good food’ has always been about taste, it has expanded over the last few decades to include nutritional quality. Now, growing concerns about the environment and climate change are prompting food manufacturers to expand the definition of ‘good food’ and market more products as ‘sustainable.’

Questions over the sustainability of crop production are increasing.

Roundtable to form code of sustainable crop practices

This program will help producers tell the story of crop sustainability 
in Canada, something Cam Dahl says isn’t done enough

A sustainable crop code of conduct will help farmers tell the good story of agriculture in Canada, say members of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops (CRSC). “We need to do a better job of telling (these stories),” said Cam Dahl, who is president of Cereals Canada and chair of the steering committee for the



EU can pick up canola market slack

Canada could export up to two million tonnes of canola seed to the European Union (EU) this crop year, more than doubling normal shipments, but Canadian canola farmers must first be certified as ‘sustainable.’ For most Canadian farmers the process won’t be difficult. That’s the message the Canola Council of Canada (CCC) delivered during a