GFO urges quick movement on bill

The Grain Farmers of Ontario is urging parliamentarians in both the House of Commons and the Senate to come together and pass Bill C-206 quickly as a first step in easing the undue tax burden placed on grain drying.

Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada’s Committee presented its study on the Bill to the House of Commons late last week.

Brendan Byrne, chair of the GFO, says there is no valid reason for carbon tax on grain drying to exist in Canada

The Bill would exempt the carbon tax on fuel used for on-farm grain drying, which is necessary for the production of grain used in food and other products.

Grain Farmers of Ontario has calculated the Carbon Tax, which is increasing every year, will cost an average farm an additional $46 per acre in direct drying costs by 2030. On an average 800-acre farm, that’s an increased cost of operations of $36,800.

Ontario grain farmers are consistently looking for ways to better their environmental impacts including, reduced tillage, cover cropping, and crop rotation.