CALGARY, AB: With Christmas only days away, grain farmers all across the prairies have one Christmas wish in common – that grain farmers be recognized as being carbon net-negative.
Grain farmers pay tens of thousands of dollars in carbon tax directly and indirectly and the proposed federal tax credit would return less than 25% of the costs incurred. With continued increases in the carbon tax, grain farmers are being hurt, Canada’s food security is at risk and Canada’s agriculture sector is increasingly less competitive with jurisdictions that do not have a carbon tax.
Canadian grain farmers are amongst the most efficient and environmentally friendly in the world. “The Federal Government should be holding up our standards to the rest of the world and demanding that other countries match them,” stated Daryl, Fransoo, Chair and SK Director.
Grain farmers have made significant changes to the way we seed, harvest and maintain weed control, all of which has led to higher carbon sequestration, reduced water evaporation and loss of topsoil during windstorms. Auto-steer, improved inputs, precision seeding and fertilizer, as well as new seed varieties have all contributed to these improvements.
This activist driven government needs to care for all Canadians and hold up the high standards that grain farmers have achieved. Virtue signalling at the next environmental conference does nothing to support our domestic grain farmers. “The federal government needs to explain to grain farmers why they are not being recognized for their decades of strong environmental protection and yet still face crippling financial penalties,“ closed Gunter Jochum, President and MB Director.
About the Wheat Growers:
The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is a voluntary farmer-run advocacy organization dedicated to developing public policy solutions that strengthen the profitability and sustainability of farming, and the agricultural industry as a whole. The 50th anniversary book, “Warriors For Wheat” is available to purchase online.
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