Monday, July 06, 2020

Federal Investment Will Help Manitoba Famers Predict the Effects of Flood and Drought on Farmland

Agricultural and Agri-Food Canada Press Release June 13, 2016

Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced today an investment of over $1.1 million for the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association to develop a hydrology model of the Assiniboine River Basin that will help predict the effects of flooding, excess moisture and extreme drought on agricultural lands.     

Based on the new model, a web-based tool will be developed that farmers can use to gather information on their farmland to help effectively manage moistures levels and mitigate risk associated with drought and flooding.

Information collected will contribute to better risk management strategies for farmers and the agricultural sector and could potentially lead to the development of new and improved insurance products.

To view the full news release, click here.

Posted July 14, 2016

APAS Recognizes Provincial Investment in Agriculture

APAS Recognizes Provincial Investment in Agriculture

Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, June 2, 2016 News Release

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) is pleased with the funding commitment provided for agriculture in the 2016/17 provincial budget, which was tabled Wednesday morning.

“By continuing to fund current agricultural programs and services, the budget for 2016/17 clearly recognizes the important role that agriculture plays in sustaining economic growth now and into the future,” said Norm Hall, APAS President.

The 2016-17 budget maintained funding for important agricultural business risk management programs including crop insurance, AgriInvest and AgriStability. The government will also continue to invest in strategic initiatives in the areas of research and innovation, business development, and programs to enhance awareness of our industry’s commitment to safe and sustainable production practices.

“Agriculture is an essential industry in the province, accounting for thousands of jobs and over a third of provincial exports,” Hall says. “APAS welcomes the support and recognition for agriculture provided through today’s budget.”

For more information, please contact:
Norm Hall
APAS President
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Posted June 4, 2016

SK Forage Council Annual Meeting and Tour

July 26, 2016 near Saskatoon, SK 

Join the SFC for our 18th Annual Meeting and Tour! This year's event will be held in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Forage Seed Development Commission's (SFSDC) Forage Crop Summer Field Tour. The tour will be hosted by the University of Saskatchewan Crop Development Centre. 

Tour the Kernen Research Farm and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Farm, hear updates on the SFC's activities at the AGM, followed by presentation of the Forage Industry Innovation Award.  This award was developed by the Saskatchewan Forage Council in 2008 to acknowledge exemplary innovation, leadership, service and stewardship in Saskatchewan’s forage industry by producers, land managers, agency staff and researchers.

Registration is free and refreshments are provided. please pre-register with the Saskatchewan Forage Council: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 306.329.3116.

Posted May 7, 2016

Update from the Saskatchewan Forage Network

The Value in Creating Conversations

Entering the third and final year of the current funding cycle, the Saskatchewan Forage Network provides the following update on activities and accomplishments to date. In addition an emphasis is placed upon the future as the Network strives to maintain and expand these collaborative industry actions.

Formally initiated in November 2012 through the efforts of a group of industry partners with establishment made possible through a project administered by the Saskatchewan Forage Council, the concept of the Saskatchewan Forage Network was many years in the making. Discussions and brainstorming sessions started long before day one to create a model for industry collaboration, cooperation and communication. And that is exactly what has been accomplished and where the Network is today!

With a vision to grow the forage and livestock industry’s future for producer profitability a very active and engaged steering committee* was established. A Coordinator was hired and the Network got to work sharing information, creating dialogue and ‘getting things done’.

The Network model essentially corresponds to a virtual meeting space built upon regular and ongoing conversations amongst a far-reaching group of stakeholders.  The Network is not the creation of a new organization or legal entity but rather a forum where those with an interest in forage can share their knowledge, expertise, and opinions to help find and create a path forward.

It is important to note that for the purpose of the Network’s areas of focus, “forage” includes tame species, native rangelands, perennials and annuals – from forage seed production through to end-users in the livestock sectors, while sustaining important ecosystems and resources. It is this recognition of just how far-reaching and important the forage industry is that has brought the various sectors to the table. It is relatively unique to find a gathering of no fewer than nine industry organizations, from forage seed growers to various livestock producers, working collectively.   

Janice Bruynooghe, MSc PAg
SK Forage Network Coordinator
p. 306.867.8126
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To read the full update, click here.

A Special Thank You to Saskatchewan Forage Council Sponsors



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The SFC also gratefully acknowledges funding for…
Facilitating Forage Initiatives in Saskatchewan’ project through the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Industry Development Fund (SCAIDF)