October 4, 2016
For immediate release
APAS opposes imposition of carbon tax on agriculture
“The Agricultural Producer’s Association of Saskatchewan is categorically opposed to the federal imposition of a carbon tax on agricultural producers” said APAS President Norm Hall today.
“Federal decision makers must understand that farmers cannot pass along increased costs from carbon taxes on our inputs to our customers, we just don’t set our prices. Agricultural is a low margin business and raising the price of our inputs simply reduces our margins and makes our farms less viable, without reducing carbon emmissions.” He continued.
Hall pointed out that producers in Saskatchewan have been world leaders in developing management practices that offset and reduce our carbon footprint. Research demonstrates that zero-tillage agriculture in Saskatchewan sequesters 8.5 million additional tons of carbon annually, which is the equivalent of 1 million cars.
“Producers have worked hard to implement farm practices that reduce energy consumption and sequester carbon. As the largest sector of private land managers in Canada, we would need to see these carbon offsets efforts recognized, and we need to avoid tax measures that threaten the future viability of our family farms.” Hall concluded.
On October 5, President Hall is presenting to the House of Commons Finance Committee when they meet in Regina for pre-budget consultations. Saskatchewan producers concerns with the federal government’s carbon announcement will be a key message in his presentation.
For more information, contact Norm Hall at 306 530 3886