AAFC Launches Consultation on Fertilizer Emission Reduction TargetMarch 16, 2022Hub ArticleCanadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) recognizes the importance of fertilizer use for canola farmers to increase yields and profitability while producing high-quality crops. Canadian canola farmers have, and continue to be, strong adopters of management practices and technology that improve environmental outcomes. Canola farmers are leaders in sustainability and recognize that fertilizer is a critical component of canola production. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) recently released its long-awaited discussion document titled ‘Reducing emissions arising from the application of fertilizer in Canada’s agriculture sector’ as the next step in the government’s plan to reduce fertilizer emissions. What does the discussion document say? The document reiterates the emission reduction target for fertilizer at 30% below 2020 levels, by 2030. It notes that reducing emissions will focus on improving nitrogen management and optimizing fertilizer use through pathways such as 4R Nutrient Stewardship. It states the focus will not be on a mandatory reduction in the overall use of fertilizers. AAFC acknowledges that further research, consultation and funding will be required to move forward as no one-size-fits-all approach will be sufficient to reach this target. CCGA is working diligently to fully evaluate what is in the consultation document to better assess the impact on farmers and the canola industry. We will be participating in the consultation process on behalf of canola farmers while engaging with our members.Click here for more information on AAFC’s discussion document and how to provide input.In an interview with Real Agriculture, Dave Carey, Vice-President, Government & Industry Relations, shares CCGA's initial thoughts on the proposal and potential impacts on farmers.