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

Yes, a number of temperature records have been broken. Yes, it’s been abnormally dry in many areas. Yes, there are fields that won’t see a combine. Guess what, we’ve seen in it all before. | File photo

Producers do not need a lecture on climate change

Dried-up crops hurt both your pocketbook and your self-esteem, but what I find particularly irksome is when some armchair quarterback says it’s all because of climate change. Yes, a number of temperature records have been broken. Yes, it’s been abnormally dry in many areas. Yes, there are fields that won’t see a combine. Guess what, […] Read more

According to the federal govern-ment website, the main goal of the living labs is to “accelerate the development and adoption of sus-tainable practices and technolo-gies by Canadian farmers.” | Screencap via agr.gc.ca

Climate change fight hits the ground

The Canadian government has launched a plan called Agricultural Climate Solutions, dedicated to help farming tackle climate change issues. The program aims to do so through a variety of means, including $185 million in grants and a living labs model. The living labs model brings together scientists, farmers and others in the ag industry to […] Read more


Agriculture minister says the object is to get the best bang for the buck so government investment has real impact. | File photo

Ottawa ties grain dryer funding to emissions reduction

Agriculture minister says the object is to get the best bang for the buck so government investment has real impact

Farmers who hope to get money from Ottawa’s $50 million program for more efficient grain dryers will have to demonstrate that they will cut greenhouse gas emissions. The money was announced in the most recent federal budget as part of the $165.7-million Agricultural Clean Technology Program. Agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau provided more details at an […] Read more

McCain Foods has pledged to work with potato growers around the world over the next nine years as it changes its supply requirements. | McCain Foods photo

McCain makes commitment to regenerative ag conversion

The company also promises to take steps to reduce carbon emissions from potato farming, storage and freight by 25 percent by 2030

As part of ambitious plans to deal with climate change, one of the world’s largest makers of frozen potato products has pledged it will only be supplied as of 2030 by farms that follow regenerative agriculture practices. McCain Foods Ltd. plans to work with potato producers during the upcoming nine years to meet the target, […] Read more


In a paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change, Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, a specialist in applied economics and policy, found that human-driven climate change has reduced agriculture’s potential.  | File photo

Climate change could stymie efforts to feed population

Climate change may hamper the ability of the world’s farmers to increase production enough to feed growing populations, according to new research from Cornell University in New York. In a paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change, Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, a specialist in applied economics and policy, found that human-driven climate change has reduced agriculture’s […] Read more

Other countries directly support farmers to adopt sustainable practices far more than Canada does. Canada spends about 70 cents per acre, while the United States spends about $8.47 per acre, and the European Union spends $51.75 per acre. | File photo

Gov’t urged to do more to help producers reduce emissions

Agricultural greenhouse gas emissions in Canada are projected to rise by 2030 and that should concern the entire sector, said both an economist and a farmer/climate scientist during a post-federal budget webinar. The budget allocated $270 million to agricultural initiatives that can also serve as climate solutions. Karen Ross, director of Farmers for Climate Solutions, […] Read more

A field trial of Icelandic and Nordic barley varieties grown at Korpa Experimental Field Station in Reykjavik, Iceland. This barley displays variation in maturity and height.  |  Magnus Göransson photo

Researchers breed barley for climate change

Scientists from the Agricultural University of Iceland have identified genes for height and early maturity to improve northern lines


As climate change creates hotter, drier weather in southern latitudes and pushes agriculture north, a team of barley researchers has harnessed genetic tools to help producers adapt. Magnus Göransson from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the Agricultural University of Iceland looked at 84 spring barley lines from northern Europe. Specifically, they were looking […] Read more


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Federal Conservatives unveil carbon plan

The Conservative Party of Canada’s climate change plan now includes putting a price on carbon. Party leader Erin O’Toole made the announcement April 15 after a long campaign of vehemently opposing such policy. Backed by credible and professional modelling, the proposed plan forecasts reducing emissions at the same rate as Canada’s current policy. O’Toole is […] Read more

Farming for climate change

Farming for climate change

When it comes to carbon and climate change, agriculture may have more options than other industries. “Agriculture is a source and a sink of greenhouse gases. It’s really important to know that,” said Ymène Fouli, a consultant on water and soil quality, watershed management and climate change based in Calgary. Fouli was one of three […] Read more