Variations in methane-producing intensity are mainly attributed to differences in productivity, including the nutrition and digestibility of livestock diet.

Livestock sector has a history of decreasing emissions

Science Notes: The intensity of emissions is decreasing, but regional differences remain

Reading Time: 2 minutes A new study shows that emission intensity per unit of animal protein produced has decreased globally over the past two decades due to greater production efficiency. Despite concerns about the environmental cost of livestock production, the global appetite for animal products such as meat, eggs and dairy continues to grow.  Following the recent revision of […] Read more

A recent report suggests that increasing soil carbon levels is one way to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Opinion: Energy agency report has consequences for agricultural producers

Reading Time: 2 minutes The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) widely publicized report on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to achieve global targets further bolsters the case that more needs to be done in agriculture to combat climate change.  Producers, as the report notes, can’t be excluded from that effort.  Released last month, the report lists 400 actions that will be […] Read more

Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes, is most at risk from phosphorus loading.

Living Lab project to energize knowledge transfer

AAFC initiative pushes for greater validation and faster adoption of environmental farm practices

Reading Time: 2 minutes Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is pushing to increase the adoption of environmentally friendly growing practices by farmers in Ontario’s Lake Erie region. Adding to similar initiatives in the eastern Prairies, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces, the $4.2 million Living Lab — Ontario initiative intends to bring the sector together to develop, test and share innovative […] Read more

The private sector has an important role to play in fostering a carbon market that encourages responsible investment and catalyzes meaningful engagement in agricultural offset projects.

How the private sector can boost agriculture’s role in carbon markets

Reading Time: 4 minutes Agriculture is emerging as a key sector for generating carbon offsets that will help companies and countries meet their net-zero targets. Carbon markets are also a pathway to incentivize farmers to adopt practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance carbon storage in soils and vegetation.  In Canada, Alberta farmers were the first to gain […] Read more

Some producer groups in Canada unenthusiastically shrugged over a 2021 federal budget dedicating millions of dollars to producers who adopt green technology.

Opinion: U.S., Canada have same challenge selling green policies

Like Canada, emissions from American farm operations continue to move in the wrong direction

Reading Time: 3 minutes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and United States President Joe Biden are fighting the same fight in trying to get farmers on board with ambitious climate plans.  Industry groups in both countries say efforts are already being made to reduce emissions.  That is true in many instances, but as was pointed out in a recent Canadian […] Read more

Letters: Airline subsidies make no sense if serious about the environment

Reading Time: < 1 minute An open letter to the minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: Dear Minister Bibeau, The $6.9 billion in support announced for Air Canada is assisting the industry most guilty of polluting the environment, while at the same time the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister are severely discriminating against the farmers of Canada by imposing […] Read more

The Canadian Forage and Grasslands Association has a significant project that looks to maintain grasslands by valuing their carbon-storage capacity.

Opinion: Following science, not ideology, critical in carbon debate

Reading Time: 3 minutes The march to some sort of agricultural carbon economy is on and it’s integral that we get it right if we go down this road. Policy can’t be driven by politics and ideology. Unfortunately, the science of carbon sequestration continues to be fuzzy, which leaves open the opportunity for opinion to guide the policy. There […] Read more

Marc Bercier with his ALUS award at his farm.

Award-winner values relationships in land preservation

La Ferme Agribec recognized by ALUS Canada for work creating natural areas on farms

Reading Time: 3 minutes Improving the environment or building farming’s reputation among consumers might be possible incentives for getting involved with farmland conservation efforts, but for St-Isidore’s Marc Bercier it’s relationships. Bercier was the winner of this year’s $10,000 Dave Reid Award from Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) Canada. He’s been involved in ALUS projects for eight years. Why […] Read more

Dairy cattle carbon efficiency has improved greatly.

Why profitable farms can produce less carbon

Livestock efficiency gains result in more production from fewer animals, which produce less carbon along the way

Reading Time: 3 minutes Increasing production efficiency and profitability are two of many ways the livestock industry can help mitigate climate change, according to a University of Guelph expert on the topic. Dr. Claudia Wagner-Riddle of the School of Environmental Science was the presenter at the latest webinar in the Horizon series developed by the Livestock Research Innovation Corporation […] Read more

Agriculture Carbon Alliance grows in numbers

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Agriculture Carbon Alliance (ACA) announced that four more members have joined the new organization.  New to the alliance are Canadian Forage and Grassland Association, the National Sheep Network, the National Cattle Feeders’ Association, and the Dairy Farmers of Canada. The ACA was formed to ensure that Canadian farmers and ranchers are included in important […] Read more