Saskatchewan Forage Council Working with Producers on ADOPT Projects
The purpose of the ADOPT program is to accelerate the transfer of knowledge to Saskatchewan producers and ranchers. The ADOPT program will provide funding to help producer groups evaluate and demonstrate new agricultural practices and technologies at the local level. The results of successful trials can then be adopted by farming operations in the region.
The Saskatchewan Forage Council gratefully acknowledges funding provided by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture as well as the cooperation of producers who will be hosting these sites. Technical assistance for these projects is being provided by staff from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, the Western Beef Development Centre and Ducks Unlimited Canada.
Currently, the Saskatchewan Forage Council is undertaking two ADOPT projects: Demonstration of AC Yellowhead alfalfa persistence and performance in Saskatchewan forage stands and Use of the Grazing Response Indicator (GRI) on Saskatchewan pastures to facilitate forage management decisions. Updates and details will be posted as they become available.
Updated December 24, 2014
Stakeholder Forum Provides Initial Results on Value of Forage Industry
The Forage Industry Stakeholder Forum took place on November 17, 2009 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This meeting was the second in a two-forum series focused on the forage industry in Saskatchewan. With over 40 stakeholders in attendance, this second forum provided the initial results from a multi-year project investigating the value of forages in Saskatchewan. Stakeholders also provided input and suggestions regarding the data presented and engaged in important dialogue about the future direction of this industry.
The forum was a component of the project entitled “Saskatchewan’s Forage Industry: A Multi-level Analysis”, which is investigating the direct and indirect effects that forages have on the economy, society and environment in Saskatchewan. Information on the value of forages in the province was previously lacking, therefore this report will fill that void and raise the profile of forages as a contributor to the Saskatchewan economy.
Project consultants Leanne Thompson and Michael Hill gave presentations covering the scope of the forage industry in Saskatchewan as well as the initial results on the market and non-market value of forages. Market value of forages was estimated at $552 million/year and included forage seed, hay (domestic use and export), processed forage, pasture, energy and carbon trading markets. Non-market value (i.e. environmental and societal benefits) was estimated between $1 billion and $2.4 billion/year and included services such as wildlife habitat, reduction of soil erosion, climate change services, consumptive wildlife use, pollination services and saved government programs.
Stakeholders provided input and suggestions regarding how value was determined and project consultants will follow up with these ideas prior to publication of the final report which will be available in February 2010. The final report will be available on the Saskatchewan Forage Council website at www.saskforage.ca as well as on partner websites. Partners on this project include the Feeds Innovation Institute, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Knowledge Impact in Society, the Centre for Studies in Agriculture Law and the Environment and Ducks Unlimited Canada.
The Saskatchewan Forage Council gratefully acknowledges financial support for this project from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and the Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan through the Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Saskatchewan (ACAAFS) program. Funding for the ACAAFS program is provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Forage Industry Stakeholder Forum Summary 2008
The organizing committee would like to extend a special thanks to those who attended the Forage Industry Stakeholder Forum on November 20-21, 2008 in Saskatoon (click here to view the agenda). Without your participation, this project will not be successful. The project committee was very pleased with the wide cross section of stakeholders who were able to attend. This made for interesting discussions and a slightly different point of view to emerge from this forum. For those who were unable to attend, this article will provide a quick summary of the events and what the project committee is planning in moving forward with this important industry analysis.
The forum opened with an address from the Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture followed by a project overview. Keynote speakers, Dr Ben Rashford and Dr. Ken Belcher provided insight into the nature of industry analysis projects and the methods utilized to provide a valuable report. Click on the link to view the presentations by Dr Ben Rashford entitled "Agricultural Land Use and Ecosystems Services in the Canadian Prairies" or "Economic 101 - How to Measure Indirect Value" or to view the presentation by Dr Ken Belcher entitled "Economic 101 - How to Measure Direct Value".
The remainder of the forum saw attendees participating in the creation of value chain maps and taking part in open discussions about the nature and challenges of the forage industry today. These maps looked both at the direct value chains (i.e. economic values) and indirect values (i.e. ecological goods and services) created by forages. Click here for a copy of the final map that shows both direct (in green rectangles) and indirect (in blue circles) values. This map will be used as a basis for conducting the industry analysis portion of the project.
Another part of the forum involved discussion about threat and opportunities in the forage industry. One of the most interesting things noted about these lists is that they are almost equal in length. This suggested that although there may be many hurdles, there exist as many opportunities for the forage industry to grow and evolve.
In going forward, Lead Consultant - Leanne Thompson, will begin the industry analysis portion of this project based on the value chain map that was created by stakeholders at this forum. This will include gathering of information from a multitude of sources including personal contacts with you the industry! If you have something in particular you would like to impart to this study, or if you have general questions or comments, feel free to contact Leanne at
. A report will be drafted and presented to stakeholders in November 2009, so look forward to an invitation to this forum!
A Communication Strategy for the Forage industry
This project will see the Saskatchewan Forage Council undertaking a number of initiatives aimed at increasing awareness of the forage industry in this province. The three main components of this project will include, industry awareness, media awareness and the production/distribution of a producer based forage projects CD.
Activities under this project will involve the creation of a regular e-newsletter, press releases, media interviews, industry articles, regular updates and additions to the SFC website and attendance at industry and stakeholder events. The Saskatchewan Forage Council is very pleased to be spearheading this project where we will work closely with our partners to raise the profile of the forage industry in Saskatchewan. This project will run from September, 2008 to March, 2010.
Funding for this project is provided by Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food in Saskatchewan (ACAAFS).
Posted October, 2008
Saskatchewan’s Forage Industry: A multi-level analysis
SFC will conduct an industry assessment of both market and non-market effects to produce a report that quantifies product streams and defines value points within Saskatchewan’s forage industry. In essence this report will identify the value created from forages as well as where that value creation occurs in the economy, environment and society. We will engage industry stakeholders during the market assessment to provide industry statistics and economic values. This assessment will enable us to forecast the industry’s future direction. Focusing on non-market benefits, we will assess and identify environmental values including ecological goods and services and provide a framework for information gathering (detailed literature review) and the development for future plans to evaluate goods and services. Assessments will include, but not be limited to, the value of grazing resources, conserved feed, seed, processed products and environmental values pertaining to soil erosion mitigation, carbon storage and greenhouse gas mitigation, reduction in pesticides and chemical fertilizers, nitrogen fixation, air and water quality, watershed maintenance and reclamation, game and non game wildlife values and recreation.
To listen to an interview conducted by GX94 radio about this project, click here or to read an article printed in the Western Producer, click here.
Funding for this project provided by Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food in Saskatchewan (ACAAFS) and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculure.
Updated October, 2008
National Sustainable Grazing Mentorship Program
The Sustainable Grazing Mentorship Program (SGMP) is an opportunity for producers to receive individual input and suggestions from a producer peer on how to improve their profits, efficiency, forage productivity as well as land and water resources through improved grazing management. A mentor will visit your farm/ranch to provide peer support and will be available for approximately 16 hours of mentoring. Your investment as a producer is only $100 with the Program paying the balance of the mentor's time and travel expenses. Funds for this project are provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Greencover Canada Program available through the Canadian Cattlemen's Association. In Saskatchewan, contact the Saskatchewan Forage Council to get involved. Click on the links below to read the first four issues of Grazing Mentor Newsletter.
Grazing Mentor Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 3 March 2009 download
Grazing Mentor Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 2 February 2009 download
Grazing Mentor Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 1 November 2008 download
Grazing Mentor Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 4 March 2008 download
Grazing Mentor Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 3 November 2007 download
Grazing Mentor Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 2 September 2007 download
Grazing Mentor Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 1 August 2007 download
Updated February, 2009