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

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

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

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

Ag carbon reduction policies must jibe with food demands

Given the diversity of carbon regimes in place — or about to be launched across the nation — there is one thing in the agricultural industry that is certain: farmers don’t like it. In fact, many farmers are downright angry. This was evident long before The Western Producer’s three-week series on various carbon reduction efforts […] Read more

Alfalfa, grasses top choices to aid in carbon sequestration

Farmers with the goal of sequestering maximum carbon in their soil would plant alfalfa or canola. That was the quick answer to the “best crops to keep carbon” question from Agriculture Canada researcher Brian McConkey. Alfalfa is a nitrogen fixer that puts lots of resources into its roots, keeps the soil dry so it reduces […] Read more

Carbon tax: A bitter pill for farmers

From his west coast vantage point, Stan Vander Waal isn’t sure that carbon taxes do what proponents say: change behaviour to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The chair of the British Columbia Agriculture Council and owner of Chilliwack-based Rainbow Greenhouses has had nine years to observe the tax in practice. He said his operation was already […] Read more

Scientists find surprise in soil’s freeze-thaw cycle: nitrous oxide emissions

For decades, soil scientists have studied nitrous oxide emissions from cropland during the growing season because they assumed that most emissions occurred from May until October. A University of Guelph and University of Manitoba study, published earlier this year, suggests that is incorrect. In cold regions of the Northern Hemisphere, like Western Canada and northeastern […] Read more

Carbon taxation

A federal mandate to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions by levying a tax on fossil fuels, emissions and fertilizers has not been well received. Are farmers justified in their fears that the new tax will place undue economic costs on the ag sector?

Canada’s plan to implement a tax on greenhouse gas emissions has caused a fair bit of hand wringing among prairie farmers. However, the financial impact of a carbon tax on the western Canadian agriculture sector could be far smaller than expected, according to agricultural economists at the University of Saskatchewan. That’s because biological emissions, which […] Read more