Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe argues that farmland is an enormous carbon sink, sequestering millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.  |  File photo

Canadians support Sask. on carbon

The Angus Reid Institute recently published a new national public opinion poll indicating that seven out of 10 Canadians believe the Government of Saskatchewan was right to challenge Prime Minister Justine Trudeau’s carbon tax in court, while two-thirds of Canadians believe it should be the provinces, not Ottawa, that determine the appropriate path to reduce […] Read more

Rural leaders say a study that shows a potential $16-billion hit to Saskatchewan’s gross domestic product from a carbon tax is exactly why one shouldn’t be imposed.
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Sask. study finds $16 billion carbon tax hit

Rural leaders say a study that shows a potential $16-billion hit to Saskatchewan’s gross domestic product from a carbon tax is exactly why one shouldn’t be imposed. The study, which was conducted by the University of Regina’s institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Communities and paid for by the province, examined the economic and environmental […] Read more

askatchewan has launched a constitutional reference case in court against a federally imposed carbon tax. | File photo

Sask. takes federal carbon plan to court

Saskatchewan has launched a constitutional reference case in court against a federally imposed carbon tax. The government took action in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal today, asking the court to decide the constitutionality of the federal legislation. The specific question for the court is: the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act was introduced into Parliament on […] Read more


Carbon pricing policies across Canada could add costs and affect producer competitiveness. | File photo

Cattle producers worry about how carbon taxes will affect them

Carbon pricing increases costs for producers, feedlot operators with limited ability to pass on costs

OTTAWA — Carbon pricing policies across Canada could add costs and affect producer competitiveness. “Carbon taxes have the potential to impact business or management programs in unexpected ways,” Brenna Grant, research analyst with Canfax, said at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association annual meeting in Ottawa March 21-23. A study commissioned by the cattlemen’s association examined the […] Read more

Saskatchewan continues to oppose a carbon tax and is the only province that hasn't signed the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The province is currently consulting on the climate resilience plan it presented last December, saying there are better ways to reduce carbon output than a tax. | Twitter/@JustinTrudeau photo

Sask., Ottawa continue tussle over carbon tax

The first meeting between Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, unsurprisingly, did not result in an agreement on carbon pricing. Saskatchewan continues to oppose a carbon tax and is the only province that hasn’t signed the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The province is currently consulting on the climate […] Read more


APAS Prairie Carbon Summit filled a large conference room in Saskatoon as experts in carbon and agriculture look at the issues related to greenhouse gases release in the industry.  |  Michael Raine photo

APAS hosts carbon summit – Live Stream

The Prairie Agriculture Carbon summit has brought together agricultural producers, researchers, government policy makers and society at large to explore and discuss the role that agricultural practices currently play in the greenhouse gas balance, and the exciting potential that new technologies can provide. The current state of carbon pricing and exchange schemes in Canada, the […] Read more

Australian farmer Michael Inwood prepares his no-till drill, which is pulled by an electric truck on his farm near Bathurst, about 163 kilometres west of Sydney in May of 2009. Australian farmers were being encouraged by the government of the day to shift their practices to create more carbon sequestration in exchange for soil carbon credits. |   REUTERS/Tim Wimborne photo

Carbon tax Down Under went under

This is the final instalment examining the issues surrounding carbon pricing, greenhouse gas emissions and how farmers can do their share without having to pay more than their fair share 
to do it.

Some Australian farmers saw their costs rise as new taxes shifted money from producers and processors to carbon reduction projects across that continent. However, a change in government put a stop to all that. Half a dozen years ago, a Labour government in Australia brought in an ambitious program that quantified greenhouse gas emissions from […] Read more

Farm equipment manufacturers have been working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through better engine performance.  |  File photo

Can equipment makers do more to make a greener machine?

Major technological breakthroughs designed to reduce the carbon footprint of diesel engine emissions may not be coming any time soon. “I don’t know of any new technology coming down the pipe,” said Harvey Chorney of the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute in Winnipeg. “I think they (equipment manufacturers) have gone as far as they can in […] Read more


Meeting EU emission standards can be a hurdle

Farmers might find it easier to reduce carbon and phosphate emissions if they live in a country in which the farm sector is stagnant and oriented toward domestic production. But it’s another thing for farmers operating in places like Canada, where agriculture is growth and export oriented. That’s what two European Union countries similar to […] Read more

Government policies must help the agricultural sector continue to play a role in addressing carbon reduction.  |  File photo

Agriculture a solution to reducing carbon

Carbon and climate change policy have been hot topics since the federal government announced its policy on carbon taxation last October. This is especially true in Sask-atchewan with the provincial government’s refusal to participate in the national carbon pricing plan. Agricultural producers have a lot at stake in this discussion, both from carbon pricing policies […] Read more