KAP – CARBON RESOLUTION

Keystone Agricultural Producers carbon tax resolution 

Whereas, in Canadian provinces and other countries with existing carbon pricing systems, agricultural CO2 emissions are generally exempt from the carbon price; and

Whereas, Manitoba farmers would be unable to recover any carbon price related costs they incur from the marketplace; and

Whereas Manitoba farmers compete against imported food which is produced in regions without a carbon price, and the Government of Canada has not committed to imposing a carbon tariff on those food products; and

Whereas, farmers will inevitably pay for the carbon price added to inputs they purchase such as fertilizer and services like trucking; and

Whereas, the most cost effective means of reducing Manitoba’s overall CO2 emissions is in agriculture and building energy efficiency; and

Whereas, farmers can deliver a broad set of ecological goods and services including CO2 emission reductions and carbon sequestration through programs such as the Alternative Land Use Services Program; and

Whereas, farmers require a long-term strategy and resources to build on farm and sector-wide adaptive capacity to increasing weather volatility; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, that KAP lobby the Government of Manitoba to exempt all direct emissions from agricultural production from a made-in-Manitoba carbon pricing system; and be it further

Resolved, that KAP lobby the Government of Manitoba to recycle a portion of the revenue collected from the made-in-Manitoba carbon pricing system to programming that supports farmers in their efforts to deliver a broad range of ecological goods and services including CO2 reduction and carbon sequestration; and be it further

Resolved, that KAP lobby the Government of Manitoba to recycle a significant portion of the tax collected to fund research that will move Manitoba farms to zero or negative carbon emissions; and be it further

Resolved, that KAP lobby the Government of Manitoba to recycle a portion of the revenue collected from the made-in-Manitoba carbon pricing system into programming that helps the agriculture sector build adaptive capacity to weather volatility caused by climate change.

 

Summary of KAP’s position on carbon taxes

OVERVIEW

Farmers are concerned the carbon tax will make them uncompetitive with the U.S.

Therefore, KAP is calling on the provincial government to:

  1. Exempt agricultural production (see explanation below).
  2. Credit farmers for their beneficial practices that protect the environment.
  3. Show where every carbon tax dollar is raised and spent.
  4. Consult further with farmers across the province.

 

EXPLANATION

1. Exempt agricultural production

  • Agricultural producers should be exempt from the carbon tax, including tax on:
  • purple gas and diesel
  • heating fuels
  • emissions from animals and manure storage
  • emissions from fertilizer application
  • Producers need these exemptions to remain competitive with countries that do not tax carbon, especially the United States.
  • 2. Credit beneficial practices

    • Farmers should receive financial credit for their beneficial practices that sequester carbon in the soil, and produce other ecological goods and services for society.
      • For example, when farmers maintain healthy riparian areas, this keeps excess nutrients out of waterways.
  • The province should also invest in helping the agriculture industry adapt to climate change.
    • In particular, we need to address long-standing flooding and drought issues that will only become more pronounced as the climate changes.
  • These priorities should be funded by society, not just farmers, because this work benefits everyone.
  • 3. Show where every carbon tax dollar is raised and spent

    • The province should be required by law to publish a report every year explaining where every dollar of carbon tax revenue was raised and where it was spent.
    • No dollars should go into general revenue. They should be focused on protecting farm competitiveness and the environment.

    4. Consult further with farmers

    • The government’s carbon tax survey is only the tip of the iceberg of the consultations that need to happen. The government needs to talk face-to-face with farmers across Manitoba.