In its report entitled Implications of a Total Emissions Reduction Target on Fertilizer, MNP says achieving a 30 percent reduction in ag emissions through a graduated reduction in fertilizer use would result in annual farm income losses ranging from $1.8 billion in 2023 up to $10.4 billion in 2030. | Screencap via MNP/Fertilizer Canada

Emission reduction goals too costly?

Reducing fertilizer use might be a tough target without cutting production and incomes, says industry

According to a recent report prepared by accounting firm Meyers Norris Penny, Canadian farmers could lose $48 billion over the next eight years if the federal government moves ahead with plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from on-farm fertilizer use by 30 percent. In its report entitled Implications of a Total Emissions Reduction Target on […] Read more

Canada is developing a biofuels industry with startups such as Forge Hydrocarbons, an Alberta company with patented technology to transform “waste fats and other low value organic oils into hydrocarbons that are indistinguishable from petroleum-based hydrocarbons, without any catalyst or hydrogen.  |  Forge photo

America commits to sustainable fuel for planes

The United States White House and three government departments are throwing their weight, and billions of dollars, at sustainable aviation fuel. In early September, U.S. President Joe Biden, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the departments of energy and transportation announced an ambitious “grand challenge” to replace fossil fuel in the aviation business with biofuels […] Read more



Some specific examples the government is looking to reward are the adoption of grazing management plans, interior cross-fencing systems, water system infrastructure improvements and the etsablishment of forage and legume crops. | Heather Smith Thomas photo

New federal funding will reward carbon storage efforts

The federal government has launched a new $200 million fund aimed at rewarding Canadian farmers who adopt farm management practices that store carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The new fund, dubbed the On-Farm Climate Action Fund, will provide financial support to farmers for techniques that fall into three general categories: cover crops, nitrogen management […] 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


An advisory panel was named in February and tasked with providing government advice on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050, but nobody on it has intimate knowledge of agriculture or farming. | File photo

Ag wants say on proposed climate law

Agricultural stakeholders continue to argue Canada’s proposed accountability law to achieve climate goals should be amended to include more industry representation. A parliamentary committee studying Bill C-12, the law that would set national targets for the reduction of greenhouse gasses, has been hearing testimony from witnesses throughout May and June. An advisory panel was named […] Read more

Released this month, the report lists 400 actions that will need to be taken to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, an ambitious goal set by world leaders in Europe and the United States. | Screencap via iea.org

International energy report has consequences for producers

The International Energy Agency’s report on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to achieve global targets bolsters the case more needs to be done in agriculture to combat climate change. Producers, as the report noted, can’t be excluded from that effort. Released this month, the report lists 400 actions that will need to be taken to reach […] 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