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Issue No. 51 - Fall 2007

Every five years Canadian farmers are asked to participate in the Census of Agriculture.

Unlike the annual cropping statistics tracked by Statistics Canada, the census is unique in two ways: it collects information from all farmers (not just a sampling), and it tracks other production information like farm size, gross returns, input use and soil conservation practices. From SSCA’s perspective, we track several trends related to soil conservation.

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Issue No. 50 - Spring 2007

Climate change and its possible ramifications have certainly garnered the attention of the public and therefore the politicians.

This is not only in Canada but also in the United States. In January, Doyle Wiebe and I attended a carbon market conference in Washington, DC. The meeting was very well attended, far exceeding the organizers’ expectations. Almost 600 delegates attended (only 300 were originally expected). The delegates represented a very broad range of interests including academia, government (federal and state), industry, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and finance.

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Issue No. 49 - Winter 2007

After spending the summer ruminating on environmental issues, the Federal Government released, in October, 2006, the much-anticipated “Clean Air Act”.

The government is taking the approach that blends the issues of air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Legitimately, both issues need significant attention but the strategy will create challenges in communicating priorities. Specific to carbon trading, the Government wants to consult with the provinces and various industry groups on a course to reduce GHG emissions. The Government indicates that it will not spend taxpayer dollars on carbon credits but does encourage industry to develop whatever tools it feels appropriate to meet eventual domestic environmental targets.

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