Ottawa still considering carbon tax relief for farmers

Federal Agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau is still considering some type of relief for farmers facing high costs from the carbon tax for grain drying.

Last week APAS released a report showing the carbon tax will take eight percent or $8,000 to $10,000 from farmers this year.

Within two years, the rising tax will cost farmers 12 percent, or $13,000 to $17,000.

Bibeau welcomed the report.

She said Ottawa is still looking at ways to support farmers because 2019 was a tough year due to weather and trade issues.

Bibeau also said one option is to improve the business risk programs for farmers.

She has no time frame on when a decision will be made, but says it is a top priority.

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