Water Security Agency Forage Program 2017 helps producers convert croplands to perennial pastures
In this program landowners convert croplands to perennial pasture and sign voluntary agreement with Water Security Agency (WSA) to maintain the pasture for a period of ten years. WSA reimburse landowners up to $35 per acre for seed costs. Landowners provide in-kind receipts at a rate of $35 per acre for labour and equipment. Forage conversion help retain existing wetlands within the project area, and provide upland nesting habitat for waterfowl.
Watershed stewardship groups work with the interested producers for project implementation. They extend help for eligibility check for specific land locations and prepare/submit landowner agreements to WSA. Watershed stewardship groups receive fees for this service.
Certain forage seed species are ineligible for WSA forage program, which include smooth brome, sweet clover, quack grass, Kentucky blue grass, timothy, reed canary grass and crested wheatgrass.
Land locations within the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) landscapes are eligible. Contact watershed stewardship groups or WSA (306-787-8577) for eligibility check of your land locations by December 15, 2017.
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Dec 1, 2017
SASKATOON – A&W has made a substantial investment in the Canadian beef industry with a $5-million donation toward the University of Saskatchewan’s (U of S) Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE).
The unique centre will foster innovative research, training and outreach to meet the needs of both livestock producers and consumers in Canada, while also helping to sustainably produce food for a growing world population.
The donation will be used to fund the construction of the Livestock and Food Building at the LFCE site near Clavet ($3 million), create a community outreach and engagement program ($1 million), and establish a visiting fellowship in One Health research ($1 million). The new building will be completed in the spring of 2018.
Hay is in short supply in some parts of Saskatchewan, and you may be wondering how to connect with producers who have hay for sale. As of March 31, 2017, Saskatchewan Agriculture has discontinued the Forage, Feed and Custom Services Listing site. While more traditional methods such as the local paper or word of mouth might still work, consider looking to one of the other online resources for hay sales:
Kijiji tends to have many listings of hay and other feeds for sale, as well as buyers looking for hay
Internet Hay Exchange has listings in Canada and the US
Facebook has a Hay/Feed for Sale in Saskatchewan & Manitoba page that you may want to join.
Alberta Agriculture has Hay, Straw and Pasture listings at:https://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/app68/hay, as well as advice on fraud awareness when purchasing feed
The Manitoba Hay Listing Service from Manitoba Agriculture has a search feature so you can locate feed close to your area.
When searching for hay, be aware that there is no standard way that hay for sale is listed. It may be in short tons or metric tonnes, cents per pound or often by the bale. Be sure to ask what the bale weights are, and to ask for feed analysis to be sure the hay you buy will meet the needs of you livestock.
For a more comprehensive look at hay trends and pricing in our province, check out the SFC's semi-annual Forage Market Reports