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Canada’s ag output seen likely rising under climate change

CNS Canada — A new United Nations report suggests just how climate change will reshape agriculture by 2050 — and that Canada’s production capacity stands to benefit. International trade will play an ever-larger role in helping to feed people in food-deficient regions, as warmer temperatures and less precipitation will damage yields in many tropical areas, […] Read more

Methane emissions from a steer were measured by Agriculture Canada researchers.

Two feed supplements lower methane emissions

Feeding wheat to dairy and beef cattle also lowered emissions 
but the effect was short lived

Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent study has found feed supplements can reduce methane emissions from dairy and beef cattle. Researchers from Canada and Australia conducted the three-year study. “We need to know how feed affects methane production, but we also need to know how it affects other aspects of the farm operation, like daily gains in animals, milk […] Read more


The fuel in the tractor is exempt from the carbon tax, but not the fertilizer that’s being applied.

ONE YEAR LATER: Carbon tax eating into bottom line

There’s no overall figure on what the carbon levy cost farmers, but producers say they are feeling the impact

Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s hard to put exact numbers on it — but Alberta’s carbon tax is taking its toll, say farmers. And that toll increased at the start of the year, when the carbon tax increased to $30 a tonne — a 50 per cent jump from the initial $20-a-tonne tax implemented a year ago. Read more: […] Read more

The 200-kilowatt array on Nelson Family Ranches is big enough to supply electricity to both its feedlot operation and irrigation pivots.

Government cash makes it a sunny day for solar power

Growing Forward 2 has put extra dollars on the table, but they’re expected 
to be snapped up in a hurry

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you want to get into solar, there’s now more government cash on the table — but you’ll have to hurry. The On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics Program now offers 75 cents per watt for projects of 100 kilowatts or less, and 56 cents per watt for installations that are between 100 and 150 watts. Both have […] Read more


Last five years were hottest on record

Morocco/Reuters – The past five years were the hottest on record with mounting evidence that heat waves, floods and rising sea levels are stoked by man-made climate change, the United Nations weather agency said on Tuesday. Some freak weather events would have happened naturally but the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said greenhouse gas emissions had […] Read more



Tim McAllister has shown the beef industry is reducing its carbon footprint, but more needs to be done, he says.

Top scientist challenges beef industry to do better

Yes, anti-meat activists distort the facts, says Tim McAllister — 
but ‘there is science that supports their position’

Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s no secret the beef industry is under attack from environmentalists and activists — or that they frequently distort the truth. “They have an agenda that they are trying to gain information to support — they’re looking for things that have gone awry in the industry, and there have been problems,” renowned Alberta cattle researcher […] Read more

A supercomputer-modeled simulation showing the expected impact of global warming on Earth’s surface temperatures. (Photo courtesy NASA)

Man-made warming dates back almost 200 years, study says

Oslo | Reuters — Man-made greenhouse gases began to nudge up the Earth’s temperatures almost 200 years ago, as the Industrial Revolution gathered pace, far earlier than previously thought. Greenhouse gas emissions from industry left their first traces in the temperatures of tropical oceans and the Arctic around 1830, researchers wrote in a recent journal […] Read more


The massive root systems of prairie grasses mean they can store up to 130 tonnes of carbon per hectare.

Grasslands a carbon-capture colossus

Do the math: Take Alberta $15-per-tonne carbon tax and then look at how much carbon is stored in grasslands

Reading Time: 3 minutes If the Alberta government really wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the province, it should start with an incentive for farmers to reduce annual cropping, says a rangeland management expert. “There’s a pretty compelling case about why there should be a direct economic incentive for producers to maintain or even increase the amount of […] Read more

Mylar- and Kevlar-reinforced tanks house the micro-algae used to clean up GHG emissions. Liquefied poultry manure helps the micro-algae grow.

Call it a win-win: Curbing pollution with chicken manure

Scientists have found a type of micro-algae that gobbles up greenhouse 
gas emissions — and it has a taste for nutrient-rich chicken manure, too

Reading Time: 3 minutes Poultry manure and that annoying green slime which grows in our lakes each summer could hold the key to helping the province’s oilsands mining companies and coal-fired power plants clean up their act, while producing a valuable commodity in the process. Researchers have discovered a strain of naturally occurring micro-algae that can scrub 100 per […] Read more