The federal government has unveiled the draft regulations for its Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit System, which is designed to facilitate the generation and trade of credits for projects and practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “The development of the Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset System will mean farmers can be recognized and rewarded for reducing greenhouse-gas… Read More

David MacNaughton, who served as Canada’s Ambassador to the U.S from 2016 to 2019, says that while the Canada-U.S. leadership relationship is much improved under President Joe Biden, Canada still needs to proceed with caution. Yes, President Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have kicked off their relationship with friendly words of warmth and a… Read More

A national coalition of industry-wide farm organizations have launched the Agriculture Carbon Alliance (ACA). The goal of the alliance is to ensure that “Canadian farmers’ sustainable practices are recognized through a policy environment that maintains their competitiveness, supports their livelihoods, and leverages their critical role as stewards of the land,” the organization says. As of March… Read More

A Conservative MP’s private member’s bill that aims to exempt propane and natural gas used on farms from the federal carbon tax was approved at second reading in the House of Commons on Wednesday night. MPs from the Conservative, New Democrat, Bloc and Green parties voted in favour of Ontario MP Philip Lawrence’s Bill C-206,… Read More

One of the silver linings of COVID-19 is that it has shone a spotlight on Canadian farms and food production, says the federal agriculture minister. Marie-Claude Bibeau joined Shaun Haney for Canada’s Agriculture Day to highlight the event and discuss several key agriculture policy files. Bibeau also delivered the opening remarks at Agriculture More Than… Read More

Ottawa’s decision to not expand carbon tax exemptions as called for by farmers and farm groups needs to be revisited, according to the Special Representative for the Prairies in the federal cabinet. Winnipeg South Centre MP Jim Carr has served as Prime Minister Trudeau’s Prairie representative since 2019, and was promoted back into Cabinet in… Read More

In the last federal election, Saskatchewan and Alberta sent zero Liberals to Ottawa, leaving the Prairie Provinces under-represented in cabinet. The government’s answer to the issue was to name Manitoba MP Jim Carr as Special Representative for the Prairies. So, what does that actually mean? Jim Carr explains that it’s his role to not only… Read More

On Thursday, Ryan Jespersen featured an hour dedicated to agricultural issues. The panel consisted of Alberta based beef and dairy farmer Jeff Nonay, Brittany Hennig, a MSc Student at the University of Alberta & Research Administration at Alberta Canola, and me. With a primarily urban audience, addressing agricultural issues on a show like this is… Read More

The federal government plans to introduce draft regulations for its national greenhouse gas offset system in the next few weeks. Originally announced in the 2019 federal budget, the intent is to establish a framework for generating carbon offset credits, which can then be sold to help others meet their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets. The offset… Read More

What can farmers and ranchers expect from President Joe Biden’s administration? Tyne Morgan, host and executive producer of the U.S. Farm Report, joins Shaun Haney for a fast-paced, 30 minute conversation covering what to expect from Biden’s first 100 days in office, if ad hoc payments will continue, and commentary on Biden’s choices for leadership… Read More

The rising carbon tax charged to railways while exporting grain will reduce the farmgate value of crops grown in Western Canada by several dollars per tonne, according to a pair of reports published over the past two weeks. The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) has released new calculations that say the federal government’s proposed $170/tonne… Read More

Saskatchewan’s crop commissions are going to be pushing for mandatory grain export reporting, as well as continuing their effort to have farmers rewarded for sequestering carbon, following their 2021 annual general meetings this week. SaskCanola, Sask Wheat, SaskBarley, SaskFlax, SaskOats, and Saskatchewan Pulse Growers hosted their annual meetings in a virtual version of the annual… Read More

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has consistently moved environmental considerations into nearly every policy it has brought forward, regardless of what sector of the economy the policy is directed towards. For example, the recent environmental roadmap set out by the Liberals links the environmental policy directly with economic results, to the positive. As the countdown… Read More

 

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