Farm groups such as the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) have lobbied the government this past month to get cardlock fuel included in the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA) exemption and it looks like they’re close to the finish line. In the release of the federal budget, the government announced it’s looking into extended relief for areas not…
Farm groups such as the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) have lobbied the government this past month to get cardlock fuel included in the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA) exemption and it looks like they’re close to the finish line.
In the release of the federal budget, the government announced it’s looking into extended relief for areas not included in the original carbon pricing backstop system including cardlock fuel for farmers.
“We are glad to see that the federal government has listened to our concerns and is taking steps to fix this problem,” Todd Lewis, president of APAS told RealAgriculture.
The proposed change suggests farmers would have to certify the fuel they are using from the cardlock is used exclusively in the operation of eligible farming machinery and farming activities. However, as cardlock pumps are usually unattended, the government still needs more consultation on the matter.
“We encourage all Saskatchewan producers to get in touch with their bulk fuel provider, to make sure that they have the correct paperwork in place before the Carbon Tax comes into effect on April 1st. Although we have made progress on this particular issue, APAS will continue to fight the Carbon Tax on behalf of Saskatchewan’s farmers and ranchers,” Lewis added.
Public comments for the proposed changes are needed and can be sent by email by clicking here before April 19. According to APAS, if the revision is approved, it would be retroactive to April 1 which is when the carbon tax comes into effect.
As a side note, if you haven’t already, click here to find the form needed to access the CRA form for the GGPPA act to be exempt from the carbon tax.
A confluence of weather events came together in some Midwestern States last week which is causing emotional, physical and financial devastation. A weather ‘cyclone bomb’ with barometric lows most often…
A confluence of weather events came together in some Midwestern States last week which is causing emotional, physical and financial devastation. A weather ‘cyclone bomb’ with barometric lows most often seen in hurricanes, exploded over a large swath of the U. S. bringing rain, onto snow covered, frozen ground which could not absorb the moisture causing historic flooding.
At a news conference on Wednesday, Nebraska Governor, Pete Ricketts told reporters the damage in the state alone is approaching $1 billion and the number continues to climb . There is now an inland ocean moving it’s way downstream, eating up everything in it’s path.
“The flooding is just devastating,” Ricketts told reporters.
In addition to crop loss which is estimated at $440 million, an estimated $400 million worth of livestock have been destroyed.
A few photos I shot south of Pacific Junction, Iowa, on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/knnWkTmgKF
— Chris Clayton (@ChrisClaytonDTN) March 18, 2019
Compounding the problem is a confluence of other events, not weather related. The ongoing trade war with China has resulted in poor movement of commodities, especially soybeans. Farmers and grain companies have been storing soybeans in hopes that the trade relationship would improve and prices might go up. For many farmers much of this stored grain has now been destroyed.
With spring arriving this week, many farmers are wondering just how they will seed a crop. Even if the water recedes and the land becomes fit enough to work, seed will have to be available and equipment ready to go into the field.
— Brandon Ritter (@BrandonRitter7) March 16, 2019
Although this has been a tragic past few weeks, there are some feel good stories starting to emerge. One being the Nebraska National Guard pulling of its mission of ‘Operation Prairie Hay Drop’. Watch for yourself, below.
Announced at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) annual general meeting, the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) won the 2019 Beef Industry Innovation & Sustainability Award (BIISA). The award was presented to…
Announced at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) annual general meeting, the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) won the 2019 Beef Industry Innovation & Sustainability Award (BIISA). The award was presented to the organization Wednesday night at Ottawa.
“The CRSB was able to build bridges to working relationships,” says CCA vice president Bob Lowe. “For me, the relationships achieved with every new stakeholder, such as restaurants and conservation groups, is as good as it gets In my mind, when we have large-scale retailers and well-respected organizations like the World Wildlife Fund U.S. promoting Canadian beef as sustainable, there is no better way to build credibility and trust with consumers.”
The award is given to those who recognize innovations that contribute to the competitiveness and sustainability of the Canadian beef industry. According to the news release, CRSB was nominated for its involvement in establishing transformational change in the Canadian beef industry through fostering collaboration between producers and a diverse and traditionally divisive stakeholder base to achieve common goals in support of sustainable beef production.
Lowe has been involved with the CRSB from the get-go, and says the work the organization has done really “legitimized” sustainable beef production in the public eye and underpinned producers’ social license to operate.
CRSB chair, Anne Wasko, and Tim Harman, beef director with World Wildlife Fund U.S., accepted the award on behalf of CRSB’s founding council and membership.
Dairy, egg, and poultry farmers will be compensated in this year’s budget just revealed by Finance Minister, Bill Morneau. The compensation is for losses stemming from international trade agreements. The…
Dairy, egg, and poultry farmers will be compensated in this year’s budget just revealed by Finance Minister, Bill Morneau. The compensation is for losses stemming from international trade agreements. The Liberal government has proposed up to $3.9 billion in “support” for supply-managed farmers.
The funding follows the recent ratifications of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), and the ongoing negotiation of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) which saw the removal of the Class 7 milk class.
According to the budget outline, up to $2.4 billion will be made available to sustain the incomes of those in supply-managed farms who were affected by the change. However, of that amount, $250 million has already been provided to producers, meaning a net amount of up to $2.15 billion will be available in coming years to deal with income losses associated with the trade agreements.
Farmers who made investments in the supply-managed sectors, will be offered assistance of approximately $1.5 billion through a Quota Value Guarantee Program that will protect against reduction in quota value when the quota is sold.
The government also reassured Canadians it will continue to work in partnership with supply management stakeholders to address the impacts on processing, as well as potential future impacts of CUSMA.
Alberta Pork has confirmed a fourth case of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in the province, while a fifth case was also detected. The highly contagious virus that affects hogs,…
Alberta Pork has confirmed a fourth case of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in the province, while a fifth case was also detected. The highly contagious virus that affects hogs, was first discovered in Alberta back in January. Since then, the province has recorded a case once a month, aside from this recent discovery of two cases; however the fifth case remains to be confirmed by the provincial veterinarian.
The organization continues to work closely with industry and remains active in all parts of the investigation. According to a news release, in all cases pig movements were stopped immediately following discovery of the disease.
Alberta Pork urges pork producers in the province to make sure their biosecurity measures are at the highest standards during this time. Any producers operating within the 60-kilometre buffer zone surrounding the affected farm operation will be notified separately and provided additional biosecurity instruction.
In an effort to stop the movement of the virus, producers should also consult their herd veterinarians before making shipping decisions as a precaution if herd health issues are suspected.