Ten ways to move the Canadian grain industry forward on sustainability


After two years of consultations, meetings, and research, Grain Growers of Canada has published a 10-point plan for moving the Canadian grain industry forward on its “Road to 2050.”

Grain Growers executive director Kyle Larkin says his organization has laid out what policy issues are most important to the success of the Canadian grain industry, including a focus and investment on plant breeding, managing data, funding to facilitate adopting production changes and more.

Larkin says that there are some success stories happening right now in Canadian farm policy that could be leveraged and expanded, such as the On-Farm Climate Action Fund. There’ve also been temporary changes to the capital cost allowance so farmers can depreciate equipment more quickly, putting us more inline with other countries, such as the U.S.

Those who read the plan will also note what’s not in it โ€” any reference to the industry striving for net-zero. Larkin says that is deliberate, but not because reducing emissions isn’t still part of the plan. He says that the vision for 2050 includes options for reducing carbon emissions with or without a carbon tax, but removes the net-zero aim.

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