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Forum Focused on Livestock Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By Andy Jansen and Hilary Steinbach, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture hosted a two-day forum in December that brought together researchers, industry representatives, and government officials from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, Environment Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to focus on livestock greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

In Saskatchewan, the agriculture sector accounts for 16.8 per cent of the province’s GHG emissions, not including on-farm fuel. Livestock production accounts for just under half of agriculture’s GHG emissions. Science-based action is required to reduce emissions and assist the livestock sector to adapt to a changing climate. At the same time, the industry needs to remain competitive while continuing to produce high-quality food for domestic and export markets. Collaboration is critical in ensuring the right science-based action is taken, so meaningful reductions in emissions can be identified and implemented.

This forum encouraged discussions on this challenge with a focus on future opportunities. The event included presentations about the current research on enteric and manure emissions and the role of forages in carbon sequestration. A half-day session on GHG modelling was incorporated into the forum. The presentations were excellent and provided relevant and valuable information to support the discussions.

The information gathered at the forum will help the Ministry identify future research needs and guide policy development. Thank you to everyone who participated and shared their expertise. For more information on the forum, contact Hilary Steinbach at hilary.steinbach@gov.sk.ca or 306-787-9490.

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