Canada’s agriculture industry has had its share of trials over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Interrupted value chains, spilled milk, and empty grocery shelves were thankfully a short-lived experience for Canadians and the agriculture sector. In fact, agriculture and food, as industries, have continued to be economic drivers even during the last 15 months… Read More

A recent poll of Canadians has two clear messages: most do not want an election any time soon, but, if there were an election today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would remain in power. “You can be somewhat dissatisfied with the incumbent, but you have to have an alternative that you feel better about, and right… Read More

As government develops policy, draws up a budget, and sets a direction, they do so with input from voices within the government but also from voices outside the Parliament Hill bubble. Katie Ward is the president of the National Farmers Union, and farms near Ottawa, Ont.. She’s our guest for today’s RealAg LIVE! to talk… Read More

While much of the attention around the federal budget release on Monday was focused on the billions of dollars in new spending and programs, the budget also includes a significant measure that will make it more attractive for incorporated farms to purchase certain types of capital, including tractors, trucks, and other farm machinery. The budget,… Read More

Conservative Party of Canada leader Erin O’Toole unveiled the party’s climate plan on Thursday (April 15). The party says independent analysis, conducted by Navius Research, found the plan would be expected to achieve substantially the same emissions reductions by 2030 as the Liberal government’s current plan, with the intention of creating jobs and growing the… Read More

Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson and Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau launched a $185 million climate-focused program today, called the Agriculture Climate Solutions program. Aimed at building “climate resiliency” within the agriculture sector, the ACS program is intended to be led by farmers and farm groups tasked with developing and deploying climate solutions tailored for each region,… Read More

Four more members have joined the Agriculture Carbon Alliance (ACA), which spans voices and commodities across Canada. The ACA is pleased to welcome the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association, the National Sheep Network, National Cattle Feeders’ Association, and Dairy Farmers of Canada to the alliance. The goal of ACA is to ensure farmers and ranchers… Read More

Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) is launching a pilot project to help conserve native grasslands. The two-year pilot project, titled “Retaining Canada’s Grasslands Using Carbon Offset Markets,” will allow landowners and ranchers to generate carbon offsets for carbon stored in conserved grasslands in Canada, says the organization. Qualifying land owners who sign a land… Read More

The federal government announced its draft regulations for a national carbon offset framework, and while the kinks still need to be worked out, the first protocol that is intended to proceed is for soil organic carbon. As such, I’ve been working to lay out what this may entail and why carbon sequestration may not be… Read More

 

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