It’d be fantastic if this Wheat Pete’s Word update included a milestone planting progress update, but 2019 is proving to be a slow one for much of Ontario. And while Western Canada is having much more luck getting the crop in, areas are still dry to very dry. Questions submitted for this week’s show involve…
After closing the doors to three feed production facilities last week, Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has announced it has acquired Terra Grain Fuels (TGF) ethanol plant near Belle Plaine, Sask. The facility has been operational since 2008, and makes roughly 150 million litres per year. “We are very pleased that our business is being acquired by FCL, a long-term and…
After closing the doors to three feed production facilities last week, Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has announced it has acquired Terra Grain Fuels (TGF) ethanol plant near Belle Plaine, Sask. The facility has been operational since 2008, and makes roughly 150 million litres per year.
“We are very pleased that our business is being acquired by FCL, a long-term and trusted customer of TGF and one of the most stable and successful organizations in Western Canada,” says Calvin Eyben, president of TGF.
“This is a big win for TGF, FCL, the province of Saskatchewan and all of our stakeholders. To our valued customers, suppliers and other business partners, it will be business as usual for TGF and we don’t anticipate any interruptions during this transition period.”
The plant is roughly 185,000-square-feet, and FCL plans to invest in making it more efficient by pursuing carbon capture and storage technologies, the company says.
“As an active contributor to Western Canada’s energy sector, we understand that we have a role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and finding ways to lower the carbon intensity of the fuel we manufacture and distribute,” says Cal Fichter, FCL vice-president of energy. “This purchase not only prepares us to meet the incoming national Clean Fuel Standard, it also fits our commitment to being a responsible and sustainable contributor to Western Canada’s economy for decades to come.”
FCL will continue to operate TGF with its 45 existing employees, and the staff will continue to work directly with all existing clients and partners.
According to a news release, the Belle Plain plant contributes more than $100 million annually in economic impacts to southern Saskatchewan by purchasing more than 400,000 metric tonnes of grain and other starch-rich crops from 400 plus producers. The plant also processes and sells up to 160,000 tonnes of dried distillers grains (DDGs) every year.
TGF must meet certain closing requirements, but if all goes well, the deal is to be finalized at the end of May.
Premier Jason Kenney is going through with his plan to eliminate the carbon tax. On May 22, the Government of Alberta introduced Bill 1, An Act to Repeal the Carbon…
Premier Jason Kenney is going through with his plan to eliminate the carbon tax. On May 22, the Government of Alberta introduced Bill 1, An Act to Repeal the Carbon Tax, and if passed, the repeal will come into force at 12:01 a.m. on May 30, 2019.
“Promise made, promise kept,” the premier said in a news release. “We campaigned on scrapping the job-killing carbon tax and Albertans responded loud and clear. We’re keeping our commitment to eliminate this tax grab to create jobs and put more money back into the pockets of hard-working Albertans.”
According to the United Conservatives, repealing the carbon tax will “free up nearly $1.4 billion of tax burden, create 6,000 jobs, save the average small business $4,500 annually and save Alberta families up to $1,150 a year.”
NDP Leader Rachel Notley took to Twitter to show her opposition, writing, “Premier Kenney is taking $1.4 billion away from low and middle income Albertans, from communities across this province, from swimming pools, schools, and recreation centres all so he can give profitable corporations a massive tax cut – this is a classic bait and switch.”
Premier Kenney is taking $1.4 billion away from low and middle income Albertans, from communities across this province, from swimming pools, schools, and recreation centres all so he can give profitable corporations a massive tax cut – this is a classic bait and switch. #ableg pic.twitter.com/xgSYBLeapE
— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) May 23, 2019
Homes in Alberta that received a rebate for the period from April 1 to June 30 will not be asked to pay any of it back.
Although the provincial government is hoping to pull back on the carbon tax, it will still keep the levy on large industrial emitters under the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) regime, as part of its plan to tackle climate change.
With the abundance of chilly, wet conditions, growers in Ontario and Quebec have seen very limited progress in planted acres to date. Tuesday on RealAg Radio on RuralRadio 147, Peter…
With the abundance of chilly, wet conditions, growers in Ontario and Quebec have seen very limited progress in planted acres to date. Tuesday on RealAg Radio on RuralRadio 147, Peter Johnson said that he estimates planting in Ontario is only five to 10 per cent completed at this time.
“There were a few guys that got going last weekend on the lighter soils but it is really spotty, while another challenge is that the ground is so cold currently,” Johnson says.
According to Johnson, the 5-year planting progress as of May 20th averages around 55 per cent.
In southwestern Ontario, wet spring conditions are a continuation of frustration from last fall with a rough corn harvest and massive infestation of DON levels. To add insult to injury, farmers discovered a large portion of the winter wheat crop and the hay crop has been winter-killed, putting even more pressure on replants to corn or soybeans.
— Warren S (@farmerschneck) May 22, 2019
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