An unclear Clean Fuel Standard

Farmers wary of potential for lost acres, inadequate credit system

Reading Time: 3 minutes Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard act – intended to achieve a reduction of 30 million tonnes of annual greenhouse gas emissions in fuel and energy – includes restrictions on land use for crops grown for biofuels. Ambiguous language and stipulations regarding buffer strips, however, have some growers concerned they will lose the ability to grow crops […] Read more

From left: 1-clean water; 2-ammoniacal nitrogen; 3-bio-liquid potassium. The Solugen treatment creates clean water and usable nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, all of which can be put back into farm soils or put into other uses.

Hog manure treatment could limit need for manure pits

Canadian technology separates manure into water, nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus

Reading Time: 2 minutes Solugen, a Quebec-based company, is testing a manure separation technology on a hog farm. Widespread implementation of the technology could limit the need for manure pits. The technology was invented to assist in the treatment of liquid residual materials to help simplify wastewater management while enhancing the value of contaminants. It didn’t take long for […] Read more

Yara executive touts fertilizer as greenhouse gas solution

Company believes more efficient production will avoid destroying forests for extra cropland, but other groups disagree

Reading Time: 3 minutes Fertilizer companies can do more good than bad when it comes to combatting greenhouse gases, according to Yara’s chief executive officer. Svein Tore Holsether said agriculture is responsible for one-quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. “On the one hand, that is a big challenge, but it is also a very big opportunity,” he told analysts […] Read more

Prime Minister Trudeau's government unveiled a carbon-pricing mechanism as part of its Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change early in 2018.

Opinion: Senate report calls for agriculture carbon off-set credits

Capital Letters with Kelsey Johnson of iPolitics

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Senate forestry and agriculture committee says the federal government should develop a series of carbon offset credits for the Canadian agriculture industry as well as exempt all on-farm heating and cooling fuels from federal carbon pricing. Those are only two of several recommendations included in the committee’s highly anticipated report on climate change, released […] Read more

Ontario proposal aims to double ethanol blend in fuel

Government move would boost corn market in the province

Reading Time: 3 minutes An Ontario government proposal could dramatically increase the amount of Ontario corn going into ethanol production and help bring consistency to the basis price for corn in the province. The government has posted its proposal to increase ethanol content in the province’s gasoline from five to 10 per cent to the Environmental Bill of Rights […] Read more

Study finds Canadian beef’s GHG footprint shrunk over 30 years

Reading Time: 3 minutes Efficiencies in cattle production and feeding have allowed Canada’s beef industry to produce the same weight in beef as 30 years ago with smaller breeding herds, less land — and smaller greenhouse gas (GHG) output, a new study finds. The study, led by research scientist Tim McAllister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge, with […] Read more

U.S. EPA launches probe into benefits of biofuels program

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s in-house investigators have launched a review of the environmental benefits stemming from the country’s decade-old program requiring the use of corn-based ethanol in gasoline. The investigation, to be conducted by the Inspector General for EPA, will examine whether the agency has complied with reporting requirements and […] Read more