Climate change and agriculture
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) science supports sustainable development of Canadian agriculture by addressing agri-environmental challenges and opportunities. Learn more about how our research helps farmers improve their yields and environmental sustainability, fight pests and major crop diseases, and open new global market opportunities.
- Greenhouse gases
- Information on gases emitted by agricultural activities and how emissions are measured and managed.
- Future outlook
- Scenarios and models on the impact of changing climate on Canadian agriculture.
Climate and air quality indicators
AAFC has developed three agri-environmental indicators to assess the impact of agriculture on the quality of our air and climate:
- The Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Indicator tracks the greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide) associated with Canadian agricultural activities.
- The Ammonia Indicator estimates agricultural ammonia emissions.
- The Particulate Matter Indicator estimates the contribution to primary particulate matter from agricultural operations.
Reducing agricultural greenhouse gases
The Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program helps Canadian farmers manage their land and livestock in a way that will mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.
The Holos software program tests possible ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from farms and is available at no cost to users.
The Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers of Agriculture Progress Report on the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change (2017) reports on agriculture-related actions taken by governments in support of the sector’s efforts on climate change.
Fall 2017 analysis of the projected financial impact of carbon pricing on Canadian farms. Please contact email@example.com to request a copy of this analysis.
Global Research Alliance
Canada is one of the founding members of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, an international network of more than 30 member-countries, devoted to collaboration in agricultural research on greenhouse gas mitigation and beneficial management practices (BMPs) for farmers in Canada and around the world.
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