Farmers descended on The Hague, Netherlands, in droves to protest possible restrictions and regulations on the agriculture industry centred on greenhouse gas emissions. Hundreds of farmers clogged highways for hours, and drove over temporary fences once at the meeting site. At last report, at least three people had been arrested. A recent commission report recommends… Read More

“We depend on nature, and we really have to live in symbiosis with it,” says Mickenzie Plemel-Stronk of Ducks Unlimited in the trailer for a new short film “Guardians of the Grasslands.” The film is meant to be an education tool to showcase the benefits of agriculture and how not everything you read about farming… Read More

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna announced $97,100 has been awarded to Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan. The money will be put towards helping kids involved in the program to learn about the environment and “foster awareness of sustainability and climate change.” According to a news release, Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan aims… Read More

Trade wars, policy shifts, and geopolitical uncertainty are all weighing on financial markets and global outlooks. Among all the turmoil, concern over climate change and global greenhouse gas emissions is growing, influencing policy worldwide. While 2019 started with ocean freight rates pulling back, impending restrictions on the industry’s sulphur dioxide emissions are putting significant upward… Read More

The climate change and land use report released last week by the United Nations generated plenty of headlines and tremendous discussion. But the media coverage of The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) really missed the mark, says Dr. Frank Mitloehner, University of California, Davis animal science professor and air quality extension specialist. This week… Read More

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… Read More

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister confirmed Wednesday that his province will be taking legal action against the federal government and its imposition of the carbon tax. “Last year, our government received legal advice the federal government has the constitutional power to impose a carbon tax, but only on provinces that do not implement plans of their… Read More

There are many challenges that have the potential to dash the business plans and hopes of farmers —from trade agreements, to climate change, and primary risks. Strong government policy is part of the solution. Helping shape effective policy will be one of Dr. Alan Ker’s goals as he assumes the newly-created Research Chair in Agriculture… Read More

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is taking steps to fund research on agriculture’s impact on the environment. According to a news release, the purpose of the research is to, “help farmers and livestock producers have a beneficial impact on the environment, while continuing to grow the economy.” The announcement, made by Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence… Read More