Agriculture is seen as a potential contributor to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Group calls for investment in farm greenhouse gas reduction

Farmers for Climate Solutions says $300 million is needed from government

Reading Time: 2 minutes A group of farmers is calling for the federal government to invest $300 million to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on farms. Farmers for Climate Solutions says such an investment could reduce agricultural emissions by 10 million tonnes. Why it matters: The federal government is currently working on creating its 2021 budget and there’s an expectation […] Read more

EU farmers could get cash to curb emissions from belching livestock

Reading Time: 2 minutes Brussels | Reuters — Farmers should get European Union funding to reduce methane emissions from livestock or increase organic farmland, the European Commission said on Thursday, under plans to make agriculture greener. The EU is nearing the end of a two-year battle to overhaul its massive farming subsidies scheme, to attempt to align the agriculture […] Read more

“Our goal is to help make smallholder farmers not only sustainable but economically viable, and to make them members of a vibrant economy.” – Liam Condon. president of Bayer Crop Science.

Small farmers called key to fight against climate change

Bayer president says the world’s ‘smallholder’ producers can make a difference by sequestering carbon in their soil

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The smallest farmers might be the key to successfully using agriculture to fight climate change, Bayer Crop Science President Liam Condon said in a recent presentation. So many millions of “smallholder” farmers have so much improvement possible on their farming that the gains could be huge. Why it matters: Population growth is […] Read more

Environmental Farm Plan update process eased

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) has made it easier for producers to update their Environmental Farm Plan (EFP). Farms with a third or fourth edition EFP are now eligible to renew through a new, one-day workshop. “Farmers requested an efficient way to update their EFP and take their best management practice learning […] Read more

Riparian buffer designs studied included widths of 35 to 100 feet, some all grass, some all trees, and some – like the one shown – both trees and grass.

Harvesting riparian buffers sees little impact to water quality

Science Notes: Harvested vegetation could increase biofuel efforts

Reading Time: 2 minutes Allowing farmers to harvest vegetation from their riparian buffers will not significantly impede the ability of those streamside tracts to protect water quality by capturing nutrients and sediment – and it will boost farmers’ willingness to establish buffers. That is the conclusion of Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences researchers, who compared the impacts of […] Read more

Burnbrae operates the largest solar-powered egg farm in Canada.

Burnbrae solar farm wins Excellence in Agriculture award

Reading Time: < 1 minute Burnbrae Farms is one of the recipients of the Ontario government’s Excellence in Agriculture awards. The province made the announcement at the start of the recent Ontario Agriculture Week. Burnbrae Farms operates the largest solar-powered egg farm in Canada, operating off the electricity grid. Four barns use high-efficiency motors, lighting and ventilation systems to ensure […] Read more

The federal government’s Clean Fuel Standard is poised to increase the demand for biofuels.

Editorial: When good policy is foiled by bad additions

Biodiversity provisions are unworkable in clean fuel standards

Reading Time: 3 minutes The increase in demand for biofuels coming from the federal government’s Clean Fuel Standard should be a cause for celebration for farmers, but there’s concerning fine print in the regulations. It can be argued that ethanol policy over the past 20 years has been the most successful farm support program in history. It created a […] Read more

There are increasing demands to certify – and pay farmers – for growing crops in ways that fit definitions like “regenerative”.

Low-carbon plan aims for premiums

Agriculture companies increasingly see carbon scoring as opportunity

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – What does it take to produce a bushel of grain? How much fertilizer, fuel, chemical and carbon? These are questions a new company — Gro Network — hopes to answer. If things go as planned, farmers who participate in Gro Network’s low-carbon grain scoring program will receive premium pricing for every bushel […] Read more

Cover crops grow in wheat stubble.

The economics of cover crops

Ridgetown research highlights profitability gains and losses in grain and vegetable systems

Reading Time: 2 minutes The impact of cover crops on profit margins is a long-contested subject, but new data from the University of Guelph shows some clear winners and losers. Vegetable crop yields, specifically, benefit most – grains not so much, unless farmers get credit for carbon sequestration. Studies showing the economic costs and benefits of cover crops exist, […] Read more

North American business development manager for Dairypower Equipment, Adam Steward, explained the features of the company’s Smart Manure Aeration System during a barn tour at Sigview Farms near Moorefield.

Continually agitated manure system launches in North America

Irish-developed system installed in new Wellington County dairy barn

Reading Time: 4 minutes In an innovative new dairy barn near Moorefield, the centuries-old practice of composting solid manure is being combined with a new-to-North-America approach to continually agitating liquid manure. On May 12, Kristina and Simon Signer moved their 53 Brown Swiss from a tie-stall set-up in the Sigview Farms bank barn to a new composting bedded pack […] Read more