Enabling farmers and ranchers to unleash their full potential as climate solutions providers
Bill C-234 allows farmers the capital to make the investments on-farm that will drive energy efficiencies and support practices that will help the environment, including energy efficient grain dryers, precision agriculture technologies, anaerobic digesters, and solar panels.
Investments in these technologies can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and, when no alternative exists, carbon surcharges pull capital away from these critical investments that would augment the sector’s potential to further reduce emissions.
Competitiveness is critical to Canadian and global food security.
No viable alternative
Input costs are the greatest expense to farmers.*
* Carbon surcharges on natural gas and propane limit farmers’ ability to invest in efficiencies which would reduce emissions.
Canadian farmers and ranchers drive our economy, produce the food that feeds Canadians and a growing world population, and provide meaningful climate solutions as stewards of 159 million acres of land across Canada.
To remain competitive and environmentally sustainable, farmers increasingly need capital to invest in innovations that drive efficiencies, reduce fuel use, and implement best management practices in their operations.
Currently, farmers pay a carbon price for utilizing natural gas and propane for essential farming activities such as grain drying, irrigating their land, and heating or cooling barns. With no viable alternatives, pricing these activities does not provide the adequate signal to lower emissions from these energy sources.
To support farmers in these efforts, Bill C-234 seeks to amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act to extend the exemption for qualifying farming fuel to marketable natural gas and propane.
An exemption is the best solution
Unfortunately, the carbon price rebates for farmers outlined in Bill C-8 do not adequately respond to the breadth and variety of carbon surcharges applied to farms. C-234 would provide a complete exemption for essential activities that lack viable alternatives and leave the money in farmers’ pockets to make timely investments in their operations.
Farmers and ranchers are climate solutions providers:
- ✔ sequestering millions of tonnes of carbon;
- ✔ protecting biodiversity and grasslands;
- ✔ utilizing the latest technologies to reduce fuel and water use.
Agricultural production has increased significantly while total emissions from the sector have been relatively stable for 20 years, resulting in a decrease of GHG emission intensity of 50% from 1997 to 2017.
Supportive Quotes From Our Members
Canadian Federation of Agriculture
“Producers across Canada are working every day to improve the sustainability of their operations. This continuous improvement is reliant on the commercialization of new viable on-farm technologies that come with significant capital expenses. This proposed legislation helps ensure farmers have the capital needed to make those investments and continue to realize the sector’s potential as climate solutions-providers.”
– Mary Robinson, President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture
Canadian Pork Council
“Having barn heating costs subject to the carbon price is especially challenging for producers given that they are responsible for the welfare of their animals. In Canada’s climate, producers have no choice but to manage the temperatures in barns to ensure the care of our animals.”
– Rick Bergmann, Chair of Canadian Pork Council
Grain Growers of Canada
“Canada’s grain farmers welcome the introduction of this bill and appreciate the exemptions included for critical on-farm activities – including grain drying. Through this relief from the carbon tax, our farmer members would have additional capital to invest in innovative technologies and sustainable practices that reduce emissions.”
– Andre Harpe, Chair of Grain Growers of Canada
Canadian Hatching Egg Producers:
“Canada’s hatching egg farmers represent an important segment of the poultry industry. Our farmers work hard to be at the forefront of innovation for sustainability while striving for efficiency at every opportunity. Bill C-234 will provide necessary support on farms to help alleviate financial pressures and ensure capital is available to reinvest in our farm operations to continuously improve our sustainability.”
– Brian Bilkes, Chair of Canadian Hatching Egg Producers
Canadian Canola Growers Association
“Canola farmers are committed to a sustainable future and have established production goals to support that commitment. I have made investments on my farm to retrofit my natural gas grain dryer, making it more energy efficient. While this is an important step, farmers today simply do not have viable fuel alternatives available for drying grain, which is why Bill C-234 is so important.”
– Mike Ammeter, Chair of Canadian Canola Growers Association
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
“Beef farmers and ranchers are continuously looking at ways to environmentally improve operations and further contribute positively to Canada’s climate change objectives. Bill C-234 will provide the much needed exemptions for critical farming practices including heating and cooling of livestock barns and steam flaking.”
– Bob Lowe, President of Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
Fruit & Vegetable Growers of Canada
“Canadian fruit and vegetable growers are committed to being a part of global climate solutions and the sustainability of their operations. We believe the support for farmers found in Bill C-234, will incentivize continued innovation, and recognizes that farmers need a range of feasible fuel and energy options. Ultimately, this will benefit the entire food value chain, including Canadian consumers.”
– Jan VanderHout, President of Fruit & Vegetable Growers of Canada
Chicken Farmers of Canada
“Canadian chicken farmers constantly advance our operations in order to improve bird health and welfare, and to ameliorate environmental stewardship and sustainability on the farm. Through the implementation of good production practices, chicken farmers are taking steps to ensure that our sector is environmentally sustainable for decades to come. We look to our partners in government and in the House of Commons to provide legislative and financial support for farmers so we can keep feeding Canadians.”
– Tim Klompmaker, Chair of Chicken Farmers of Canada