The Chair of the Grain Growers of Canada says National Grain Week got off to a good start when a Southern Ontario MP introduced a private members bill aimed at exempting those who use propane and natural gas for grain drying from the federal carbon tax.
This is National Grain Week.
Grain Growers of Canada Chair Jeff Nielsen says it got off to a favourable start on Tuesday, February 18th when the Northumberland-Peterborough South MP - Phillip Lawrence - introduced a private members bill aimed at exempting propane and natural gas for those who use them for grain drying facilities from the federal carbon tax.
Nielsen adds, the Senate brought forth a bill on its own on Tuesday afternoon as well, which would see the elimination of the carbon tax on farm fuels.
While it is positive to see moves towards a solution being made in Parliament and in the Senate, he says it is still a challenge.
Nielsen - who farms near Olds - stated they were going to be attending a reception on Tuesday, February 18th with Marie-Claude Bibeau, the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
He says the Grain Growers of Canada have also launched the HarvestFromHell.ca website. He notes it is a platform for farmers to share the impacts of the carbon tax on their farms.
He adds the HarvestFromHell.ca website will also feature infographics and videos that speak to the urgency of the situation and can easily be shared via social media.
Nielsen notes, the Grain Growers of Canada have been standing up for farmers in Ottawa for two decades now.