Farmers might want to ask themselves, what has the Conservative party done for them lately? On issues such as carbon pricing, the Conservatives now support the policy and any continued farmer opposition will fall on sympathetic, but mostly deaf, ears. | File photo

Producers urged to question their devotion to Conservatives

Producers on the Prairies are expected to once again support the Conservative Party of Canada . Polling suggests the Conservative vote share could be on the rise, and there is a chance the party sweeps all the seats in Saskatchewan again, this time with a higher share of the vote than in 2019. We’ve seen […] Read more

The most intriguing question in this election might be how the parties decide to frame discussion around the next Agricultural Policy Framework. | Jeannette Greaves photo

Platforms reveal few major differences on ag

Election ’21: The political parties are divided more on cultural issues such as gun control than they are on policy files

As is the case with modern day elections, agriculture is not expected to feature heavily in the political debates being had in advance of Canada’s upcoming vote. Since taking office in 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has had plenty of opportunity to demonstrate to farmers his version of the Liberal party can be one that […] Read more

There is a general acceptance among political watchers that Conservatives understand the needs and wants of rural Canada better than their Liberal counterparts. | File photo

Election platforms reveal few ag differences

As is the case with modern day elections, agriculture is not expected to feature heavily in the political debates being had in advance of Canada’s upcoming vote. Since taking office in 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has had plenty of opportunity to demonstrate to farmers his version of the Liberal party can be one that […] Read more


The most potential for mitigating emissions from agriculture can be found in soil carbon sequestration (or carbon sinks). The IPCC estimates about 89 percent of mitigation potential can be achieved through this.
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Canadian farmers already familiar with many climate solutions

A new, particularly stark warning about climate change shows Canadian agriculture could be a lighthouse to other nations trying to mitigate greenhouse gasses. Word that global warming is “widespread, rapid and intensifying” has likely spread across the country by now. Yet another report, this one from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), […] Read more

Disasters, like droughts and pandemics, can force competing factions to work together. The minor changes recently announced to AgriStability once again prove this can be the case, but further co-operation on the file isn’t likely. | File photo

Prairies continue to balk at program improvements

A drought forced the federal and Saskatchewan governments to reach an agreement on AgriStability, but is it a sign of what’s to come? Near the start of August, the two governments agreed to allow Saskatchewan producers early access to the 2021 payments they are entitled to. Federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Saskatachewan’s David Marit […] Read more


Many countries participating in the recent pre-summit discussed climate change as a concern when addressing delegates.  |  File photo

Climate change concerns prominent at UN Food Systems pre-summit

Attendees of a recent United Nations event hint that a heightened focus on agriculture and climate change is coming. Held in Rome as well as virtually, the UN Food System Pre-Summit acted as a precursor to the main event scheduled in September. Simply put, the objective of attendees is to launch new strategies to help […] Read more

The plan called Prairie Resilience remains the backbone of the province’s climate plans, which continue to fall short of federal standards.
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Saskatchewan, Ottawa never on the same page over climate

Brad Wall was talking like he was going to the moon. It was Oct. 18, 2016, and I was sardined into a small conference room with the rest of the Regina legislative press corps. Wall, then premier of Saskatchewan, had just released an outline of his climate strategy. He was passionate and clearly believed his […] Read more

A “responsible meat” initiative is a proposal for the United 
Nations’ upcoming Food Systems Summit. | File photo

UN summit releases policy proposals

Ahead of the upcoming United Nations Food Systems Summit, a lengthy list of so-called “game changing” proposals have been released by organizers, including plans for integrating climate plans and developing a “responsible meat” initiative. Taking place in September, many expect the summit to launch new strategies for achieving the international communities 17 development goals. That […] Read more


A livestock tax deferral is being set up to allow beef producers forced to sell a significant amount of their breeding herd to offset revenues with costs to replace the herd. | Twitter/@mclaudebibeau photo

Feds reveal drought aid plans

As the federal government looks to manage impacts of ongoing drought conditions, livestock producers in regions of five provinces are now eligible for a tax deferral program. Minister of Agriculture Marie Claude Bibeau announced today that producers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario would be eligible for support. “At times like this we […] Read more

Agricultural ministers from across Canada met July 15 to discuss a variety of issues, and an official readout following the meeting said they

Ottawa set to move on AgriRecovery

Following an appeal from western provinces, the federal government says it is prepared to help producers impacted by ongoing drought conditions through the AgriRecovery program. Officials are organizing meetings to discuss specifics, but the program is designed to offer disaster-specific relief “in situations where producers do not have the capacity to cover the extraordinary costs, […] Read more