The federal government has its eye on reducing nitrous oxide emissions from fertilizer, but it’s not clear how it intends to reach its target, and whether the target is achievable without having a detrimental impact on crop yields. Last December, while announcing the federal carbon tax would be increasing to $170/tonne of CO2 equivalent, the… Read More

The Manitoba government says it will commit $62 million in provincial funding to AgriRecovery programs to help livestock producers affected by this year’s drought. While details were not included in the August 10 announcement, Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler says the programs will be designed to “ensure producers have options to retain and care for their… Read More

The federal government says it has committed $100 million through the AgriRecovery disaster relief framework to helping farmers affected by drought in Western Canada and parts of Ontario. The government says it’s still working with provincial governments of B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario to finalize the details of how payments will work, but sources… Read More

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Marie-Claude Bibeau, along with Élisabeth Brière, MP for Sherbrooke, Que., has announced a $100-million top-up for the Emergency Food Security Fund. Minister Bibeau says that the COVID-19 pandemic has meant even greater uncertainty for Canadians who are unsure of where they will find their next meal. “Even with… Read More

On behalf of Minister and Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau announced today (July 23) more than $25 million in funding to conserve, restore, and enhance critical wetlands and grasslands on the Prairies. Minister Wilkinson stated that Western Canadians know that climate change is here. “They also know… Read More

Following a tour of the drought-stricken Interlake region in Manitoba on Thursday (July 22), the federal agriculture minister announced several measures designed to provide support to producers across the country affected by drought. Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau was accompanied by other government officials, including Conservative MP James Bezan, and representatives from Manitoba Beef Producers, the Canadian… Read More

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau has announced $2.6 million in federal funding for the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) to support three projects that will assess and improve alfalfa growth using artificial intelligence and develop a carbon offset system for grasslands. Some of the funding announced July 19 will also be used… Read More

The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have announced a new beneficial management practice program for cow-calf producers under the Farm Stewardship Program. Eligible cow-calf producers can now access cost-shared funding of up to 75 per cent of project costs, to a maximum of $15,000 for the development of run-off control measures. Eligible projects include holding… Read More

The governments of Canada and Alberta are supporting the Alberta Hemp Alliance (AHA) with a one-time grant to establish a provincial industry association for hemp processing. The AHA will receive more than $300,000 over two years, through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP). The grant will help AHA build capacity to fulfil its mandate as the… Read More

The federal government will not be contributing to enhancements to AgriStability announced by the Ontario government last week, unless a consensus is reached to increase the compensation rate across the country, says federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. On Friday afternoon, newly-minted Ontario Agriculture Minister Lisa Thompson announced the province would move ahead with increasing the… Read More

Protein Industries Canada (PIC) has announced another investment, this time into a project to develop a national strategy to improve diversity and inclusion of Indigenous groups in the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector. Led by Indigenous Works, the project is part of the organization’s Luminary Initiative, a six-year program created to advance Indigenous-led research and… Read More

The federal government has formally kicked off consultations on Canada’s next agricultural policy framework. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, and Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture and Agri-Food Neil Ellis, launched the federal process in a virtual event on Thursday. The framework has traditionally been a five-year federal-provincial-territorial agreement that encompasses most government programs and spending in agriculture,… Read More