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May 30, 2019

New Climate Action Incentive Fund has potential to return carbon price dollars to farmers

Grain industry continues to call for recognition of progress in sustainability and exemption for all farm fuels.

OTTAWA (May 30, 2019) – Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) greeted with interest the announcement today by Environment and Climate Change (ECCC) Minister Catherine McKenna of the Climate Action Incentive Fund (CAIF). While the CAIF offers some relief for farmers in the four provinces under the federal backstop, GGC continues to call for the exemption of all stationary and liquid fuels used on farms.

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February 8, 2018

Agriculture Conservation – Farmers and government working together for a stronger environment

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of appearing before the House of Commons Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food in Ottawa to discuss grain farming’s role in water and soil conservation and how climate change is impacting what we do. As a fourth-generation farmer in my community of Langham, Saskatchewan, adapting to climate change has been part of my business practices for decades.

This spring I will be seeding my 45th crop along with my business partner, Mark, a ...

June 27, 2017

Planting Forage for Honey Bees in Canada

There has been a great deal of discussion lately about the health of honey bees in Canada. As a member for the National Bee Health Roundtable, GGC is proud to work with industry and government stakeholders to find solutions and ensure the ongoing success of our honey bee population.

Across the country grain farmers and beekeepers have always enjoyed an important symbiotic relationship - crops require pollination and bees require nutrition.

To further empower farmers, land managers and gardeners to ...

March 20, 2017

Call for farmer action: Pest Management Regulatory Agency review of Imidacloprid

On November 23, 2016, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) announced a proposed phase out of the neonicotinoid imidacloprid based on perceived risks to aquatic invertebrates.

Grain Growers, along with other grain groups, has serious concerns with the methodology and narrow data set used to come to this decision. We have been actively engaged on Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Multi-Stakeholder Forum and were pleased that PMRA extended the standard 90-day consultation period to allow submissions up to March 23, 2017.

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February 27, 2017

Twenty years of genetically engineered crops grown in Canada

This year marks the twentieth year that we have been growing genetically-engineered or “GE” crops here in Canada. During this time, farmers, like me and my family, have experienced first-hand the benefit that these new technologies bring to my business.

Ninety per cent or more of Canadian canola, corn, soybeans and sugar beets are now genetically engineered to provide better control of yield-reducing weeds and pests. This has reduced inputs across the board from lower fuel consumption to more targeted ...


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