The wait continues for clarity on the federal fertilizer emissions plan

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau at the 2022 Ag in Motion farm show in Saskatchewan.

It’s been two years since the federal government first announced its 30 per cent fertilizer emissions reduction target. That means more than 20 percent of the timeframe for farmers, agronomists, fertilizer suppliers, and researchers to work toward meeting the goal by 2030 has already expired. The clock is ticking, but there’s been very little progress toward solving a key piece of the puzzle on how the target will be met. We know there are things farmers can do to reduce nitrous oxide or N2O emissions. These include split fertility applications, enhanced efficiency fertilizers, deep-banding, variable rate, and so on. We…

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