Sask. premier Scott Moe commits to recognizing carbon storage, but those who direct seed worry about being left out. | File photo

Sask. makes vow on farmers’ carbon

Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe says his government is making every effort to ensure the province’s farmers will be recognized for all the carbon they store. The province is developing offset protocols for the crops and livestock sectors. The plan is to have offsets in place for 2022 so farmers can participate in carbon markets. During […] Read more

Although fuel used in farm vehicles is exempt from the tax, other activities are not. For example, the rainy harvest that same year required extensive grain drying that added significantly to the carbon tax farmers paid.
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Carbon tax ruling disappoints farm groups

Western Canadian farm organizations say last week’s Supreme Court of Canada decision that upheld Ottawa’s right to impose a carbon tax is disappointing. Many supported the efforts of the Saskatchewan, Alberta and Ontario governments to fight the tax, saying farmers have no way to pass on the extra costs, after the federal government implemented the […] Read more

Prairie premiers should now come up with their own plans rather than spending energy criticizing the Liberal plan to combat climate change. | File photo

Alta., Sask. should now develop their own carbon policies

The Supreme Court of Canada has given some provincial governments a chance to exclude farmers in efforts to fight climate change. In a 6-3 split decision on March 25, Canada’s highest court ruled the 2018 law putting a tax on carbon emissions is constitutional because climate change is an existential threat and a matter of […] Read more


Sask. zero-tillers brace for snub as provincial government plans for new carbon offset framework. | File photo

No credit for no-till

Saskatchewan grain farmers who use minimal tillage or low-soil disturbance cropping systems learned last week that they could be shut out of the emerging and potentially lucrative market for agricultural offsets. Under a government framework for carbon offsets being proposed by the provincial government, offset protocols will be developed and implemented in Saskatchewan, allowing farmers, […] Read more

A study from the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses found farmers paid an average of $14,000 in carbon fees in 2019, which was the first year that they were applied. | File photo

MP defends grain drying bill at committee

Creator of the private member’s bill to exempt grain drying costs from the federal carbon tax says ‘nearly every farmer’ supports the bill

A bill offering financial relief from carbon pricing for farmers drying grain recently came before a parliamentary committee. On March 9, MPs sitting on the standing committee on agriculture had a chance to question the bill’s creator, Conservative MP Philip Lawrence. The proposed law reached committee after receiving support from each party outside of the […] Read more


The court said today it had dismissed an appeal by several provinces. In a 6-3 split, the court said that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is

Carbon tax ruled constitutional

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the federal carbon tax is constitutional. The court said today it had dismissed an appeal by several provinces. In a 6-3 split, the court said that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is “a matter of national concern.” Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan had challenged the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing […] Read more

The SSCA is among several Saskatchewan farm groups that are hoping to ensure that Saskatchewan farmers are recognized and compensated for carbon sequestered from conservation practices, including zero‐till and continuous cropping. | File photo

Farm groups push for carbon recognition

The Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association (SSCA) is encouraging the province’s farmers to participate in a review of the Government of Canada’s proposed Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Offset Credit System regulations. The proposed regulations are open for a 60‐day comment period that concludes May 5. Farmers can click here to learn more about the proposed rules. The […] Read more

Minister Bibeau and the Liberals had plenty of time to address the issue themselves. Instead they decided it wasn’t an issue. Now, appearing to be left on the sidelines, Bibeau and her caucus colleagues have changed their minds. | File photo

Feds missed boat on exempting grain drying from carbon tax

Agriculture minister Marie Claude Bibeau had plenty of time to add grain drying as an eligible exemption under the federal carbon pricing plan, but ruled out doing so last year. She and her colleagues shouldn’t now be standing in the way of cross-partisan support to address the issue. Let’s recap to see how we got […] Read more


It remains to be seen if that relief will also be extended to grain farmers and livestock producers who use propane and natural gas to heat barns and other essential farm buildings. | Getty Images

Carbon tax exemption elusive for heating fuel

Private members bill working its way through Parliament would exempt grain drying, but heating fuel remains unclear

Carbon tax relief may be coming soon for Canadian farmers who use propane or natural gas to dry grain. But it remains to be seen if that relief will also be extended to grain farmers and livestock producers who use propane and natural gas to heat barns and other essential farm buildings. Last month, Bill […] Read more

Propane and natural gas are used to dry grain. A wet 2019 harvest resulted in producers complaining they had no option but to pay the carbon costs that come with grain drying. | Twitter/@Adam_Pukalo photo

MP defends grain drying bill at committee

A bill offering financial relief from carbon pricing for farmers drying grain recently came before a parliamentary committee. On March 9, MPs sitting on the standing committee on agriculture had a chance to question the bill’s creator, Conservative MP Philip Lawrence. The proposed law reached committee after receiving support from each party outside of the […] Read more