Producers are willing to do their part when it comes to reducing emissions and climate change, says Myron Krahn.
 But a tax on grain drying doesn’t make sense, especially when margins on grain farming are extremely tight.
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Farmers reject drying estimate

Last fall, Myron Krahn spent $45,000 on gas to dry his corn crop. The federal carbon tax on fuel for grain drying added about $3,800 to his bill. Given those numbers, Krahn can’t comprehend federal government estimates claiming the carbon tax only costs farmers $200-$800 each year for grain drying. “We’re not even a big […] Read more

Grower groups say the tax rising from $20 per tonne to $30 per tonne causes uncertainty as farmers, like everyone else, look to the fall. | File photo

Opposition to federal carbon tax becomes increasingly futile

As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages oil markets, driving fuel prices to lows not seen in decades, farmer opposition to the recent increase in federal carbon taxes isn’t gaining much traction in government circles. In fact, the case against the climate policy is futile. Gas prices across the country currently sit abut 40 to 50 per […] Read more

This morning, Premier Brian Pallister introduced the carbon levy and took a swipe at the Liberal government in Ottawa. | Twitter/@MinSGuillemard photo

Manitoba introduces $25 per tonne Green Levy

Starting July 1, Manitoba will have a $25 per tonne Green Levy. This morning, Premier Brian Pallister introduced the carbon levy and took a swipe at the Liberal government in Ottawa. “Unfortunately, the federal government ignored our request to work together as a true partner in tackling climate change, so we have no choice but […] Read more


Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has been dodging farmers by saying she is collecting data on the impact the carbon tax has on farmers, particularly when it comes to drying grain.  |  File photo

Feds ignore evidence on carbon tax

When it comes to productivity, Canadian agriculture has always punched above its weight and modern Canadian agriculture has unleashed incredible potential. What Canadian farmers, ranchers and processors are looking for is a champion to stand alongside them. There is good reason to champion our agriculture sector. One in eight jobs in Canada is directly related […] Read more

In her address during CropConnect in Winnipeg, federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau mentioned the grain drying issue, but made no promises or commitments about carbon tax relief. | Twitter/@Adam_Pukalo photo

Pressure mounts on feds to cut carbon tax for farm use

Pressure continues to build on the federal government to remove the carbon tax on grain drying. The issue has been building on Parliament Hill and haunts federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau as she visits farm events across the country. “I definitely recognize that 2019 has been a very, very difficult year because of the weather, […] Read more


Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Economic Development Minister Mélanie Joly met with rural and urban leaders to discuss solutions to economic woes in western Canada. | Jeremy Simes photo

Compensation urged for carbon tax costs from grain drying

LEDUC, Alta. — Rural and urban municipal leaders want the federal government to compensate or rebate farmers for costs incurred from the carbon tax, hoping western Canadian economic concerns will be addressed in the upcoming budget. Meeting in Leduc Feb 10. to discuss solutions, leaders representing the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Western Economic Solutions Taskforce […] Read more

APAS said federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau wanted evidence of how the carbon tax is impacting farmers and its research shows the reality.
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APAS updates estimate on farm cost of carbon tax

Grain drying, transportation, heating and electricity could cost 
a 5,000 acre grain farm an extra $8,000- $10,000 this year

Saskatchewan farmers could lose, on average, eight percent of their total net income this year due to the carbon tax, according to numbers from the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan. Those losses will grow to 12 percent when the carbon price rises to $50 per tonne in 2022. APAS said federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau […] Read more

Nutrien suggests paying farmers to sequester carbon

CALGARY — Nutrien chief executive officer and president Chuck Magro sees agriculture as a solution to help mitigate climate change, suggesting that paying producers for sequestering carbon would be a game changer. Magro said farmers already store massive amounts of carbon on their land, but if they sequester even more through monetary incentives, it would […] Read more


A survey of corn growers in Manitoba determined that the carbon tax added $3.69 per acre to the cost of drying corn following last year’s harvest.  |  File photo

Carbon tax cost estimate made for corn drying

Keystone Agricultural Producers says Manitoba producers paid an extra $2 million because of the federal program

Manitoba farmers may have spent an additional $2 million on grain drying because of the carbon tax. The extra cost is unfair to producers, said Bill Campbell, president of Keystone Agricultural Producers, because Manitoba farmers have to dry their grain and they compete with farmers from around the globe. “Margins are very tight as it […] Read more

Despite the federal government refusing to accept the 2018 provincial plan, and imposing the federal carbon tax on the province, Brian Pallister is hoping to revive the Green Plan. | Ed White photo

Manitoba sticks with rejected Green Plan

Manitoba’s premier isn’t backing away from his Made in Manitoba Green Plan. Despite the federal government refusing to accept the 2018 provincial plan, and imposing the federal carbon tax on the province, Brian Pallister is hoping to revive the Green Plan. “I want the federal government to see the opportunity for them in agreeing with […] Read more