CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers have launched an awareness campaign focused on the federal government’s proposed 30% reduction in fertilizer emissions.
“The Federal Government has stated that they want to reduce fertilizer emissions by 30%, but have no plan or details how to accomplish this. They have not consulted with farmers or industry and yet make #fakepolicy announcements. The only way to achieve this is through a reduction in fertilizer use,” said Gunter Jochum, President and Manitoba Director.
Calculations by Fertilizer Canada show that using modeling software, a 30% absolute emission reduction for a farmer with 1,000 acres of canola and 1,000 acres of wheat would have their profit reduced by $38,000 to $40,500 annually.
Canada has a safe, reliable, high quality, food security system and these type of policy changes put our system in danger. Canadian grain farmers provide food for Canadians and many export markets around the world. Reductions in production put this in jeopardy.
“The government’s own Barton Report set goals for an enormous increase in agriculture exports. Canadian grain farmers are up for the challenge, but fake policy announcements such as this sets our production goals in question,” closed Daryl Fransoo, Chair and Saskatchewan Director.
Details and supporting documents may be found here.
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.
For more information, please visit wheatgrowers.ca.