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Issue No. 46 - Winter 2006

The federal election call will have political candidates seeking your vote and because the outcome seems tight, they will be willing to listen to your ideas and concerns.

Carbon Offset Trading will not be the answer to Agriculture’s challenges, but it could be one of many tools to bring financial stability to the farm, if the system returns value to the farm gate. In January of 2006, Canada’s Carbon Offset Trading System is to be initiated. The federal election call may have deferred the initiation to some degree, but it will still move ahead in the New Year. We must use this opportunity to raise issues and concerns prior to the Trading System details being set in stone.

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Issue No. 45 - Summer 2005

Most producers would be quick to agree that forage crops are good for our soil resource.

Forages are also beneficial in that they remove C02, one of the harmful green house gases from the atmosphere. However, there are 2 big factors that hinder an increase in forage acres. One of these is economic. Is there a market for the forage products and what are the economic margins? The other factor is the management techniques needed for production of forage products. One of these special techniques is getting forages established.

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Issue No. 44 - Spring 2005

The first of a three year variable rate fertilizer application study has been completed on the Gary and Stuart Lawrence farm

located in the dark brown soil zone 12 miles south of Rosetown. This study is one of many projects emphasized under the national Greenhouse Gas Mitigation program to help promote agricultural Best Management Practices that either sequester carbon or reduce nitrous oxide emissions. The Lawrence farm and SSCA have been the major partners involved to date, with Greenfield Ag based in Rosetown playing a secondary role.

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