Canadian agriculture is a modern, vibrant and diverse industry, filled with forward-thinking people who love what they do. But for our industry to reach its full potential this has to be better understood by the public and our industry itself.
The story of Canadian agriculture is one of success, promise, challenge and determination. And the greatest storytellers are the 2.2 million Canadians who live it every day.
Be proud. Champion our industry Visit www.agmorethanever.ca and tell your story.
MyRM.ca - the new rural community internet portal available exclusively to APAS member RMs. NOW LIVE!!!!!!
In October , Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the creation of two committees tasked with establishing wheat and barley commissions in Saskatchewan. Previously, wheat and barley check-offs were collected by the Canadian Wheat Board. With new market freedom, Saskatchewan producers will have an opportunity to direct how check-offs from the sale of wheat and barley grown in Saskatchewan will be used for research and development through the new commission.
The two committees will work with the ministry, the Agri-Food Council and a private consultant to help establish the commissions. These interim committees will remain in place only until elections are held for the boards of directors to run the respective commissions. It is expected that the wheat and barley commissions will be in place and operational by August 2013.Read the Wheat and Barley Commission Briefing Document
Throughout the GF2 consultations, Ag Canada has strongly emphasized the need for “innovation”.
The decision to maintain existing programs but simply cut the dollars that go into them is not an innovative direction in program design. This is especially true of proposed changes to AgriStability.
APAS has always been opposed to cuts in coverage levels within AgriStability. While proposing the phasing out of AgriStability over 3 to 5 years, APAS strongly recommended that AgriStability dollars be redirected into ten other key areas such as enhanced crop insurance, livestock insurance, doubling AgriInvest matching contributions, enhancing AgriFlexibility to promote value-added processing, more public agricultural research, investment in rural information and communications technology, domestic market development, and assisting producers to retain more value within the food chain.
APAS urges producers to contact Minister of Transportation Denis Lebel and your local MP to ask for a costing review. You can send an Electronic Postcard to The Honourable Denis Lebel here.
In addition, questions about an immediate costing review can be directed to: Helena Borges, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy for Transportation Canada at (613) 990-3001 or by email at email@example.com.
The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) in cooperation with the Market Prospects project of the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Bioresource Policy, Business & Economics (PBE) presentsa series of educational seminars featuring: Dr. Frayne Olson, Crops Economist/ Marketing Specialist, North Dakota State University Extension Service, Fargo, North Dakota.
In 1935, farm leaders from across Canada rallied to cries for a strong unified voice for agriculture Read More
(Saskatoon) Saskatchewan’s rural residents looking for online information about their communities will soon have more features to choose from at myRM.ca, the province’s rural municipal community portal.The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) has formed a strategic partnership with the Glacier Media Agricultural Information Group, a division of Glacier Media Inc. and Weather INnovations Consulting (WIN) for the enhancement and growth of the myRM.ca online network. The partnership will add targeted agricultural and local community news content and a wide range of custom features to myRM network websites. LEARN MORE
Each week, we report on where APAS Executive and Staff are, which meetings they attend and any issues that are emerging or evolving. For a look at APAS in Action, click here.
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June 18 Grains and Oilseeds Meeting -
June 19 Farm Progress Show Regina
June 25 ALUS Golf tournament
June 26 Board Meeting
Tuesday June 25th, 2013
Texas Scramble Format
Start at 1:30
Green Acres GolfClub,
East of Pilot Butte SK
Registration Fee: $50/golfer
Limited number of carts available for an additional cost
For more information or to register call:
Paige Englot: (306) 539 1043
Regina, SK [December 4, 2012] – APAS would like to thank visitors and guests at the Canadian Western Agribition for the generosity in donating hay and cash to the Hay East 2012 effort.
Volunteers at the 2012 Canadian Western Agribition were pleased to gather over $1000 in cash and over 20 loads of hay to be shipped to Ontario to assist producers facing a severe shortage this winter.
HayEast 2012 received a major boost on November 3, 2012 thanks to a commitment from the Ontario and federal governments for funding to help transport donated hay from Western Canada to eastern Canadian farmers in need. The governments committed, on a cost-shared basis, an immediate $500,000 to start moving the thousands of bales of hay that have been pledged by farmers across Saskatchewan and Alberta. They will also match all individual and corporate cash donations made to HayEast 2012 up to $2.5 million. Learmn More at ....
Welcome to Farm Credit Canada’s Spring 2013 Farmland Values Report. This report covers the period from July 1 to December 31, 2012.
Farmland in Saskatchewan continues to rise in value.
The average value of Canadian farmland increased 10.0% during the second half of 2012, following average increases of 8.6% and 6.9% in the previous two six-month reporting periods.
Farmland values remained stable or increased in all provinces. Quebec experienced the highest average increase at 19.4%, followed by Manitoba at 13.9% and Ontario at 11.9%. Saskatchewan and Alberta experienced 9.7% and 7.2% average increases respectively, followed by Nova Scotia at 6.8%, Prince Edward Island at 5.7% and British Columbia at 0.4%. Average farmland values were unchanged in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Canadian farmland values have continued to rise over the last decade. The current average national increase of 10.0% is the highest since FCC began reporting on farmland values in 1985. The second highest increase occurred in the first half of 2012, at 8.6%. The last time the average value decreased was by 0.6% in 2000.
To view the FCC Farmland Values Report video, visit www.fcc.ca/farmlandvaluesvideo.
APAS offers exceptional benefits to all rural ratepayers that live in Member RMs. From long distance savings to private health services plans (PHSP) - APAS members benefit directly.
CLICK HERE to explore our current benefits offerings, download the appropriate registration or rebate forms for the current offerings.
For more information, you can also call toll free 1-877-306-APAS (2727)
“CoCoRaHS” (stands for “Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network”) is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation across Canada and the US. CoCoRaHS operates in every State in the U.S. and in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada.
This is a community-based, grassroots project. Whether you live in town or on the farm, everyone can help. The only requirements are (a) a demonstrated interest in weather and (b) a desire to learn more about the importance of high-quality weather information.
Each time a rain, hail or snow storm crosses your area, CoCoRaHS volunteers take A daily measurement of precipitation from as many locations as possible in their yard. Volunteers then report the readings on our web site (www.cocorahs.org) where the data is displayed and organized for many of our end-users to analyze and apply to daily situations ranging from water resource analysis and severe storm warnings to neighbours comparing how much rain fell across their municipalities.
Just click here to sign up as a CoCoRaHS Volunteer Observer.
The Municipal Directory lists the names of officials, addresses and phone numbers for municipalities.
The public can access the information contained in the database through these links:
Check out what the possibilities could be for your community. Details on rural daycare programs:
Warmer and drier conditions resulting from climate change could have significant consequences for our communities and economy.
People who want to find out about the impacts of climate change in Saskatchewan and information on adaptation actions can visit a new website at www.SaskAdapt.ca. - Saskatchewan's climate change impacts and adaptation information centre.
This new website was developed by the Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC) at the University of Regina in partnership with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, through the Go Green Fund.
Visit www.saskadapt.ca today!
Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is Canada's largest provider of business and financial services to farms and agribusiness. FCC's 1,400 employees are passionate about the business of agriculture. To find out more, visit www.fcc-fac.ca
“The CFA strongly believes that although the Canadian agricultural sector is currently experiencing a period of relative strength, programming decisions with long-term implications for industry viability and profitability should not be made under short-term budget considerations. While CFA recognizes the federal government is seeking a balanced budget by 2015, we would like to express our outright opposition to any potential budget-based programming cuts that expose producers to unsustainable levels of off-farm risk that is beyond their capacity to mitigate through on-farm and/or industry-led risk management efforts,” said CFA President Ron Bonnett. Learn More