Agriculture critic MP Lianne Rood asks a question in the House of Commons.

Carbon tax exemption: $235 million over five years

Government says Climate Action fund will pay for $11.9 million in projects

Reading Time: 3 minutes A report from Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Office says the cost of exempting more farm fuels from carbon pricing will cost $235 million over the next five years.  Why it matters: Ottawa’s carbon tax will increase farmer expenses but by how much is still in question. If certain activities are granted exemptions from the carbon pricing […] Read more

The federal government’s offer would increase the cost of the program, make it easier to access while also increasing the size of payouts to farmers.

Opinion: Prairie provinces not warming up to AgriStability changes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Public pressure is building on provinces still resisting federal changes to AgriStability, notably Manitoba and Saskatchewan. But there are no signs the strategy is working. Meanwhile, the federal government and those provinces in favour of the changes, hope the proposals will be accepted soon. At a Nov. 27 online meeting with her provincial and territorial […] Read more

London agri-food hub gets funding

Reading Time: < 1 minute The federal government plans to invest $7.2 million in a hub for agri-food at the Western Fair District in London. The hub is called The Grove and is located in the buildings that once held events like the London Farm Show, across the street from the AgriPlex. The funds are coming from FedDev Ontario, the […] Read more

Prime Minister Trudeau announced new travel restrictions Jan. 29.

Travel restrictions won’t impact TFWs: federal sources

New restrictions will limit pleasure trips to the Caribbean and Mexico to April

Reading Time: 3 minutes New travel restrictions imposed on Canadians by the federal government won’t impact the arrival of temporary or seasonal foreign workers, according to sources. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Jan. 29 that Canada’s air carriers had agreed to suspend services to sunny destinations. Flights to tropical locations, like Mexico, are being cancelled by Air Canada, West […] Read more

New greening programs planned for ag alongside carbon tax hike

Carbon price to hit $170 per tonne by 2030

Reading Time: 5 minutes A new federal climate plan which further cranks up taxes on carbon emissions also includes pledges of new programs to help sink more carbon into farmland. The government on Friday released the sequel to its 2016 Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change — a “strengthened” climate plan, titled A Healthy Environment and a […] Read more

Changes to business risk management programs, particularly AgriStability, have long been called for.

No clear solution on AgriStability

Federal government makes new proposal to provinces

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – No consensus on changes to business risk management was reached during the latest round of federal-provincial-territorial meetings. After the meetings ended Nov. 27, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau explained Ottawa was willing to maintain the current cost sharing of the programs at a 60-40 split between her government and […] Read more

Grain Growers of Canada lobby Parliament Hill

Agriculture can help restart Canada's economy and the federal government help by addressing some issues, group says

Reading Time: 2 minutes Agriculture can help revitalize Canada’s post-COVID economy, but the federal government should clear the track for it. That means updating regulations to encourage technological innovation, improving market access for agricultural exports and recognizing farm practices that help the environment, Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) says. The organization, which represents 15 regional, provincial and national grain […] Read more

About 70 per cent of Canadian pork is exported, so a border closure due to African swine fever would be a crisis.

Hog producers look for swine fever investment

Arrival of African swine fever would be devastating to the Canadian sector

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canada’s hog producers are calling on the federal government to invest $50 million over three years to combat African swine fever. In an open letter released Sept. 11, the chair of the Canadian Pork Council Rick Bergmann spells out the impact an outbreak of the disease would have on the industry. The […] Read more

Organic growers get funds to identify supply chain barriers

Reading Time: < 1 minute The federal government recently invested more than $640,000 in the Canadian Organic Growers (COG) to help get more Canadian consumers buying Canadian-made organics produced locally by Canadian organic farmers. The announcement was made at Chelsea Market, during Canada’s National Organic Week, an annual event to showcase and celebrate organic food farming and products across the […] Read more

Provincial trespassing bills watched by federal minister

Farmers should not be threatened for feeding Canadians, says minister

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – At least four provinces have strengthened or are looking to strengthen their trespassing legislation, but the federal government said it will look to support producers in other ways. “It has to be done at the provincial level, but I’m following it closely because this is something that I care about,” said Minister […] Read more