(Regina) The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) extended its congratulations and appreciation to Minister Bob Bjornerud and the Ministry of Agriculture for expanding the rural extension services offered to Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers. The Ministry recently announced the opening of new rural offices in Kindersley, Watrous and Moose Jaw, and re-allocating additional staff to work in rural Saskatchewan.
“On behalf of all Saskatchewan farmers, I would like to extend our thanks to Minister Bjornerud and the Ministry’s staff for ensuring that our producers have easy access to relevant information and expert advise,” said Greg Marshall, President of APAS. “Access to information - along with sound agricultural policy that recognizes the importance of the primary producer - will ensure that Saskatchewan’s farm families are prepared to face the challenges of tomorrow.”
For the past number of years, extension services available to farmers and ranchers were limited to a toll-free telephone line, the Ministry website and the regional offices. According to the Ministry of Agriculture this announcement will result in 15 additional Ministry staff working in rural Saskatchewan. Once the changes are complete, producers should be able to access crop, livestock, forage and farm business management specialists at each of the Ministry's 10 regional offices. These specialists will also be available for on-farm visits and to meet with producers one-on-one.
“Rising inputs, changing global demand, new technologies and methods are changing agriculture at a remarkable pace. These new services will help our farmers to easily and efficiently gather expert advise.” continued Marshall. “With spring just around the corner, we hope to see these offices open in time to assist Saskatchewan producers make informed decisions for this crop year.”
APAS is Saskatchewan’s general farm organization formed to provide farmers and ranchers with a democratically elected, grassroots, non-partisan, producer organization based on rural municipal boundaries. As the voice of agriculture in Saskatchewan, APAS represents the views of all agricultural stakeholders in order to form comprehensive policies that benefit all sectors of agriculture.
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Greg Marshall, President – Tel: 306-789-7774 (ext 222) or 306-746-7747 (cell) or email email@example.comNial Kuyek, General Manager – Tel: 306-789-7774 (ext 229) or email firstname.lastname@example.org