Temperature Check – Part Four

August 25, 2022

Welcome to Alberta Canola’s Temperature Check – Part four on what’s heating up in the policy world of carbon. Here are some updates from 2021/2022:

Next Policy Framework Engagement

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is the current five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative meant to increase economic growth in the agricultural sector and included $3 billion CAD. CAP gives farmers access to a suite of Business Risk Management (BRM) programs. In Alberta, the CAP BRM programs are offered by Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC). However, is expiring in 2023.

Last summer the Government of Alberta (GoA) launched phase 1 of their stakeholder feedback to identify the priorities for the next Agricultural Policy Framework, also known as CAP. A What We Heard report with feedback received from phase 1 is currently available on the government website. In November of 2021 the Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Agricultural Ministers met to discuss the future of BRM within the Next Policy Framework (NPF). The GoA continued their efforts to gather informative feedback for the development of the NPF. The survey was open until June 6th, 2022. In phase 2 of this stakeholder engagement the government was looking for feedback on the 5 priorities outlined in the Guelph Statement. It is a two-page document which outlines the government’s outlook for sustainable agriculture and agri-food production.

The 5 Priorities are as follows:

  • Climate Change and Environmental Protection
  • Science, Research and Innovation
  • Domestic and Global Marketplace (Market Development and Trade)
  • Building Sector Capacity and Growth
  • Enhancing Resiliency and Public Trust

The Government of Canada expressed a desire to “encourage producers to go faster in the adoption of these practices that can make a difference in reducing our emissions or raising carbon sequestration” according to Minister Bibeau’s comment in a RealAgriculture article. Another FPT meeting took place in Saskatchewan in July 2022. Farmers and industry groups were resistant to the possibility of inserting environmental and climate change cross compliance into BRM. The July meeting resulted in a signed agreement on what is now called the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (SCAP), to replace CAP. The new five-year agreement includes $500 million in new funds.

Federal Offset Credit System

In the first edition of the Temperature Check a link to the Federal government’s proposed federal offset system was provided. The intent of these protocols is to create economic opportunities for sustainable agricultural practices that can reduce GHG emissions and increase carbon sequestration. However, developing policy and programs is a long process. The federal government has indicated it is developing the first drafts of the federal offset protocols for:

  • Advanced Refrigeration Systems;
  • Improved Forest Management;
  • Landfill Methane Management; and,
  • Enhanced Soil Organic Carbon.

In addition, a potential Livestock Feed Management protocol is being considered for development as well as a Reduced Nitrogen Oxide Emissions from Agriculture Fertilizer protocol. The Enhanced Soil Organic Carbon protocol would be of most interest to grain farmers. Practices like regenerative agriculture could be used to generate offset credits which can then be sold on the carbon market, creating financial incentives for changing agricultural practices on farm. “The specific practices that can generate offset credits will be determined during the protocol development process”. Those who want to be considered for a position on the Roster of Technical Experts who have technical and/or scientific expertise can fill out a candidate profile form. The public will have an opportunity to provide feedback on draft protocols. Practices that “go above and beyond business as usual” will likely be those that qualify for credits.

Temperature Check – Part One

Temperature Check – Part Two

Temperature Check – Part Three

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