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FEDERAL INVESTMENT WILL HELP MANITOBA FARMERS 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
 
Agricultural Producers Assocation 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
306-530-3886
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Posted June 4, 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


CEC GRASSLAND BENEFICIAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES PROJECT COMPLETE
  CEC logo
Saskatchewan Project                                                                                    
The Saskatchewan Forage Council was selected by the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA, as one of the provincial partners on the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Grassland Beneficial Managment Practices (BMP) pilot project.  By working with our provincial partners and contacts the SFC successfully identified Coy Schellenberg-Perrin Ranching, Beechy, SK to work with on this project.
 
The Schellenberg Family has always taken pride in their native landscape and, like the generations before them, manages grazing so as to preserve this resource by maintaining biodiversity and a healthy ecosystem. Healthy productive grass and riparian areas, clean water, and abundant wildlife are signs of this careful stewardship.
 
This project consisted of cross-fencing one of the ranch’s largest native pastures. The pasture was five sections (3200 acres – 1295 hectares), and a plan to cross-fence it has been long in the works to allow for improved control of grazing frequency, intensity, and duration.  This project was completed during early spring of 2015. Results will be monitored by conducting range health assessments over the next number of years to ensure that range health is being maintained or improved.
 
To read the final report (pdf), click here
 
Posted April 4, 2016

JANUARY 2016 FORAGE MARKET REPORT NOW AVAILABLE
 
Saskatchewan Forage Council Forage Market Price Discovery in Saskatchewan
 
In the previous fall of 2015, forage prices in Saskatchewan rose dramatically due to cool and dry conditions which significantly hampered yields. Early concerns were somewhat alleviated, however, when late summer and fall rains fell and the Prairies experienced mild temperatures. Several annual crops were diverted into greendfeed which also reduced pressure on perennial forage supplies. As well, the extended fall season caused many producers to take a second cut of forage. In some cases, producers did risk the chance of winterkill in their stands. The mild fall and winter weather also allowed livestock producers to graze long into the winter in many parts of the province, thus reducing their reliance on stored forage.
 
Prices generally softened as the fall and winter continued, compared with the values previously reported in September. One exception was straw, which increased in value from the reported fall price. January 2016 prices were higher for every forage category compared to prices reported the previous year in 2015. 
 
To read a synopsis of the report (pdf) click here.
To view the full report (pdf) click here
 
Posted March 23, 2016  

CONTROL OF ABSINTH AND TANSY IN PERENNIAL PASTURE
 
Saskatchewan Forage Council Project Update                 Rotating Steel Drum Wiper Applicator                                                                                               
The Saskatchewan Forage Council, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and Ducks Unlimited, is undertaking a project to demonstrate the effects of weed wiper applicators on absinth and common tansy on perennial pastures. In 2015, glyphosate herbicide was applied at six sites (three absinth and three tansy sites) using two weed wiper applicators: a rotating steel drum-type applicator and a wick applicator. Sites were then observed one month and three months after herbicide application and the effects on the weed and the surrounding desirable vegetation were noted. This project will continue with a follow-up assessment in 2016 and the final report will be posted on the SFC website. 
 
A short web video has been produced to share the project results to date. This video has been posted on the Saskatchewan Forage Council's YouTube Channel. To view the video, click here
 
The project was supported by the Agricultural Demonstration of Practices and Technologies (ADOPT) initiative under the Canada-Saskatchewan Growing Forward 2 bi-lateral agreement.
 
Posted February 7, 2016

 
WILL YOU BE NEEDING FORAGE INSURANCE IN 2016?
   
2015 was a challenging year for many forage producers as production was reduced in many areas of the province due to spring frosts and dry conditions early in the growing season.  Most producers who participated in the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation’s (SCIC) forage insurance program last year received compensation for their lower production. Enhancements have been made for 2016 and producers may want to consider forage insurance before the March 31 sign up deadline. 
 
This year producers have access to a higher level of forage coverage.  Insured prices are up more than 30 per cent when compared to 2015 and forage establishment coverage has increased from $55 per acre to $70 per acre.

Over the years SCIC has worked diligently with producers and industry organizations to build an effective forage insurance program for hay, pastureland and greenfeed.  This consultation was instrumental in changes to the pricing options that producers have for their forage insurance.  Producers expressed concern over restrictions on how forage insurance prices can reach a maximum, even though the market may still be rising dramatically due to uncontrollable factors.  For 2016 producers who choose the Variable Price Option or In-Season Price Option, when they select their forage insurance coverage, will no longer have a cap on the maximum value for the forage insurance price.  If the market price for hay rises over the course of the year, as it did in 2015, producers selecting these two pricing options will see the full price increase reflected in their forage claim.
SCIC continues to provide additional choices and options for forage insurance.  Producers who do not want to use the In-Season or Variable Price Options can continue with the traditional multi-peril forage insurance where producers can select 50, 60, 70 or 80 per cent coverage on the forecasted forage insurance price.  The 2016 forage insurance prices can be found at: saskcropinsurance.com/ci/forage.

SCIC continues to work with producer groups such as the Saskatchewan Forage Council to further improve programming so it remains on target with producer needs. If you would like more information about forage insurance, visit a Saskatchewan Crop Insurance office or saskcropinsurance.com.
 
To read the full article describing a number of forage insurance options click here
 
Posted March 25, 2016

BUILDING LONG-TERM CAPACITY FOR RESILIENT COW-CALF PRODUCTION SYSTEMS

Manitoba Beef Producers Project

This project, funding by the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC), is evaluating stockpiled perennial and annual forages to fill knowledge gaps in forage and beef cow performance in extended grazing systems. Project sites are located in both Saskatchewan and Manitoba and the Fall/Winter Grazing Study will take place in 2016 and 2017 with an economic analysis of stockpiled grazing the following year.

To learn more, click here.

Posted February 7, 2016 


ALBERTA BEEF, FORAGE AND GRAZING CENTRE


Alberta Beef Producers Press Release, December 9, 2015

 
Alberta Beef Producers (ABP), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) are pleased to announce the Alberta Beef, Forage and Grazing Centre Agreement. It is an industry-government partnership designed to coordinate and advance research and extension activities related to the forage and beef sectors in the province.
 
The initial five-year agreement highlights specific, measureable, long-term strategic goals designed to improve the productivity, competitiveness, sustainability, land and resource use efficiency of the forage-beef system. The goals are as follows:

    Build and maintain research and extension capacity
    Reduce winter feeding costs by 50 percent
    Reduce environmental footprint of the cowherd by 15 percent
    Improve cow efficiency by 15 percent
    Reduce backgrounding costs by 50 percent
    Improve late summer/fall pasture productivity by 30 percent

The concept for the Alberta Beef, Forage and Grazing Centre arose from producer and industry group concerns regarding the need for essential applied forage research and extension for beef producers in Alberta. This need was further confirmed during focus group sessions held in Strathmore, Lacombe, Vegreville and Grande Prairie in 2011.
 
To read more about this and other Western Canadian forage news, check out the SFC's December 22, 2015 edition of the Forage and Livestock eNews,
 
Posted January 2, 2016


FORAGE MARKET PRICE DISCOVERY IN SASKATCHEWAN

Saskatchewan Forage Council   

The September 2015 Saskatchewan Forage Market Price Discovery Report is a compilation of data and information collected from a diverse group of forage industry stakeholders in Saskatchewan as well as neighbouring provinces and states during August and September of 2015. This report presents a general overview of growing conditions for forage crops across Saskatchewan in 2015, as well as prices for different forage types and market trends as of this fall.
 
To view the full report (pdf format), click here
 
To view a synopsis of the report (pdf format), click here.  

Posted Nov 15, 2015


MANITOBA'S CLIMATE PLAN PROMOTES FORAGES

Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association, Press Release on July 30, 2015 

A loud and clear carbon-storage nod at forages within the recently-released Manitoba Climate Change and Green Economy Action Plan has reconfirmed what Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association producers have been saying for years. Grass and forages are good for business and good for the environment.


"We congratulate the Manitoba government and leaders of the Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Development department for including forages and grasslands as part of the carbon solution," says Henry Nelson, MFGA vice-chair and Co-Chair, Environment Committee, Canadian Forage and Grasslands Association. "There's a need for a better and clearer understanding of perennial forages and pastures role in sequestering carbon, and also the relationship of forages and grasslands to the other major greenhouse gases such as methane and nitrous oxide. We see the inclusion in the province's climate plan as a valuable boost to this needed research and attention."


The Manitoba plan stated: Promoting Perennial Crops - Manitoba will promote perennial grains and forages to conserve soil and store carbon through research partnerships, including with the University of Manitoba and the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association. The timing, says Nelson, is perfect.

"With the Paris conference on climate change and the actions of various jurisdictions such as Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and California planning to adopt Cap-and-Trade systems that harmonize how they track and measure greenhouse gas emissions and collaborate on climate adaptation efforts, the timing is perfect to learn more about and promote our forages and grasslands," says Nelson. "At the same time, we know these grasses are in peril. This directive will help spur investigation of the potential for delivering carbon offsets from Manitoba farms and that is especially encouraging for Manitoba farmers because our current market doesn't acknowledge the public good from these grass systems. This may be a very welcome paradigm shift on that front." Nelson says MFGA has been very active on numerous fronts extolling the benefits of forages and grasslands on economic and environmental platforms.

For more information contact:
Duncan Morrison, MFGA Executive Director
p: 204-800-5163
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To view the full media release, click here.

Posted December 10, 2015 


FORAGE INSURANCE DOES HELP DURING DRY YEARS
 
2015 was a challenging year for many producers who rely on forage for seed, sale or feed.  Dry conditions are an insurable cause of loss when it comes to the Forage Insurance Program offered through the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Program. There are a number of crops insurable under this program including tame hay, dehydrated alfalfa, sweetclover and greenfeed. Additional choices such as Establishment Benefit and Forage Diversification options are also made available under this program.

In 2015, SCIC extended the seeding deadline for greenfeed from June 30 to July 15 to give producers another option for accessing additional feed supplies.  Producers that chose to reseed a greenfeed crop paid a premium on the additional acres seeded and received full greenfeed yield-loss coverage.  This was insurable under the multi-peril insurance program.

SCIC recognizes forage provides coverage choices to help build custom-fit insurance for any farm. Producers can customize their forage insurance to their operation by selecting low, base, variable or in-season price options. The variable and in-season price options can help producers manage price fluctuations that occur throughout and after the growing season, which was the case in 2015 when the hay shortage caused prices to spike.   Producers can choose from a wide range of coverage level options available. These options include 50, 60, 70 and 80 per cent.

Regardless of your operation, SCIC has several options that meet your forage insurance needs.  Alfalfa seed may be insured under a specific yield-loss option available through SCIC’s Multi-Peril Program. Red Clover, rye grass, millet and other forage seed crops are eligible for coverage through the Diversification Option.

The Forage Insurance Program is an extremely affordable way to manage the significant risks associated with forage production primarily because governments pay 60 per cent of the premium cost. Since 2000, the Forage Insurance Program has paid $2.32 for every dollar of customer premium collected. The program is designed to provide disaster relief when producers need it most.  In 2015, forage claims are still being finalized but the average claim paid to date has been approximately $40 per acre with many customers receiving up to $100 per acre.  The average premium paid by these customers is less than $3 per acre.

The Forage Establishment Benefit Option is available to protect newly seeded forage acres intended for hay, grazing or seed production against the risk of an establishment failure. This stand-alone option is not linked to any yield-loss insurance. This option can also be selected for forage acres seeded between October 15 and June 20, however acres grazed in the year of seeding are not eligible for coverage.  The Forage Diversification Option is available for any forage feed crops that are not insurable under the basic forage insurance program.  This is an area yield program. Your coverage and any claim calculations are based on insured barley acres in your risk zone.

Finally, the Forage Rainfall Insurance Program (FRIP) offers insurance on native and tame grazing acres. This program protects pastureland in the event that seasonal precipitation is below the long term average. This program is based on historical weather data pulled from 131 weather stations located across the province. Producers do not have to register a claim. Claims are triggered when the April to July seasonal precipitation falls below the long term normal for the selected station based on monthly weightings selected by the producer.  Indemnities worth $5.4 million were paid to 94 per cent of customers who participated in FRIP in 2015 due to the extremely dry conditions throughout April and May.

Saskatchewan Crop Insurance continues to work with producer groups such as the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association and the Saskatchewan Forage Council to further improve programming so it remains on target with producer needs. If you would like more information about forage insurance, visit a Saskatchewan Crop Insurance office or saskcropinsurance.com.


Posted November 7, 2015


SASKATCHEWAN PASTURE TOUR RESOURCES
 
Presentations and resources from this year's Saskatchewan Pasture Tour are now available! Whether you attended and want to review the materials or you missed the tour and want to check out the excellent presentations and reference materials, you'll find what you're looking for posted below. Click the links to open the documents or to navigate to pages with further information.
 
Pasture rejuvenation presentation (Nadia Mori, Saskatchewan Agriculture Forage Specialist)  
Pasture rejuvenation handout   
Non-Bloat Legumes

Pasture Tour producer presentations:
Terry and Loretta Young of Earl Grey, SK
Heath and Maryse Tallentire of Earl Grey, SK

 
Grazing Management Principles (Dustin Ostrander, AAFC-STB Range Management Specialist)
Range Health Assessment
Reference materials can be found at: www.pcap-sk.org/resources-literature and look for: Saskatchewan Rangeland Ecosystems: Ecosite guide for your soil type, Native Grassland Worksheet (veg status), Native Grassland worksheet (hydrolgic function)
 
Presentation by Rachel Turnquist, Saskatchewan Agriculture 
The Saskatchewan Hay Harvest Challenge
The Forage Crop and Nutrient Calculator
 
Corn Grazing Handout (Greg Penner, Animal and Poultry Science, U of S)
 
Presentation links for Colleen Fennig's presentation (Wascana-Upper Qu'Appelle AEGP)
Environmental Farm Plan
After completing the Environmental Farm Plan, producers can apply for funding through the Farm Stewardship Program
Farm Stewardship Program
Farm Stewardship BMP's and funding available
 
Additional presentations will be posted when available.
 
Posted September 19, 2015 

 


 

2015 SASKATCHEWAN FORAGE INDUSTRY INNOVATION AWARD 

 
The Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) is pleased to announce presentation of the 2015 Forage Industry Innovation Award to Janice Bruynooghe at the Council’s Annual Meeting held June 23, 2015 near Lanigan, SK. This award recognizes exemplary innovation, leadership, service and stewardship in Saskatchewan’s forage industry. 
Janice Bruynooghe
With 20 years experience in the forage and livestock industry, Janice has focused on creating working relationships and a partnership approach for all forage sector stakeholders.  Her efforts with the Saskatchewan Forage Council have led to an average 15:1 return on investment for industry levy dollars which has resulted in numerous research and industry advancement projects.
 
The Saskatchewan Forage Council extends their sincere congratulations to Janice Bruynooghe on receiving the 2015 Forage Industry Innovation Award. In honour of Janice, the SFC will make a contribution in her name to the Alicia Hargrave Memorial Bursary, College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan.
 
To read the full press release, click here.
 
Posted August 4, 2015

CleanFARMS SASKATCHEWAN OBSOLETE COLLECTION

 
Farmers can safely dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and equine/livestock medications from October 5 – 9, 2015 at designated collection sites in northern Saskatchewan (north of Davidson).
 
What Products will be accepted?

    Obsolete or unwanted agricultural pesticides (identified with a Pest Control Product number on the label)
    Equine/livestock medications that are used by primary producers in the rearing of animals in an agricultural context (identified with a DIN number, Ser. number or Pest Control Product number on the label)

If you are unsure whether your product fits the scope of this collection, please call us at 1-877-622-4460 ext. 2223
 
To see the collection dates and locations or to view the poster, click here.
 
Posted September 7, 2015  


GOVERNMENTS, UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN AND INDUSTRY INVEST IN LIVESTOCK AND FORAGE CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Released on July 30, 2015 

Today Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart committed $10 million in funding under Growing Forward 2 for a new Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan.

The University of Saskatchewan has committed an additional $7 million for construction costs in addition to providing land. The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association (SCA) is also contributing $1 million to the project.

The new centre will serve as a unique research, teaching, outreach and industry training hub that unites agriculture and veterinary researchers, producers, industry, governments and academia.

To view the full article, click here.

Posted August 4, 2015


DROUGHT AFFECTED RANCHERS WOULD BENEFIT FROM TAX DEFERRAL

Saskatchewan Stockgrowers Association, June 21, 2015

Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) President, Doug Gillespie, today asked the federal government to take the steps required to allow drought stricken ranchers to defer taxes on livestock they have been forced to sell due to dry conditions.

In announcing the request Gillespie said, “Livestock producers in several areas across Saskatchewan are reporting hay yields that are from 50%-70% below normal as well as poor growth on pastures. As a result, many producers could be forced to sell portions of their breeding herds.”

Gillespie added, “While recent rains will improve pasture conditions in some areas, it is too late for many hay crops as well as any producers forced to sell due to poor pasture growth earlier in the season.”

“We have had reports from producers indicating that hay is in short supply across the province with prices running at record high levels,” said Gillespie, “We expect many producers will find it difficult to find the feed required to carry their cowherds through the winter, depending on whether some drought damaged grain crops can be salvaged for forage to be used in cattle feed.”

The SSGA’s tax deferral request is aimed at a federal policy provision whereby the Ministers of Agriculture and Finance can designate certain areas as significantly impacted by drought. This in turn allows producers in these areas to defer a portion of the tax due on breeding animals sold due to drought until the following year. This provision helps producers retain some of the cash required to rebuild their herds when drought conditions abate.

To view the full article, click here.

Posted July 27, 2015 


FLEXIBILITY AND OPTIONS FOR PRODUCERS DEALING WITH DRY CONDITIONS

Government of Saskatchewan, Released on July 2, 2015 

Today Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced additional measures and adjustments to programming to help address the dry conditions across the province.

“The hallmark of our government is delivering programming that is flexible and able to meet the needs of producers,” Ritz said. “This extension gives producers an additional tool to make the decisions that best suit their individual operations."  
"The lack of moisture through the spring and so far this growing season has severely reduced the hay and forage crops in many parts of the province,” Stewart said.  “By being flexible with existing programs, we are hoping to help producers source the feed they need for their livestock.”

Through the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Program, the deadline for seeding crops for greenfeed has been extended from June 30 to July 15.  Producers who have Crop Insurance will now be able to seed and insure any cereal greenfeed crop.

If a Crop Insurance customer wants to use their annual crop acres for livestock grazing or for feed they can contact their local Crop Insurance office.

Crop Insurance customers also have coverage should their annual crops suffer from the dry conditions.  The producer can register a pre-harvest claim if they do not want to carry the crop through to harvest.  If the producer takes their crop to harvest, but it has a reduced yield, they can file a post-harvest claim.  Producers concerned about the dry conditions should contact their local Crop Insurance office to review the options available for claims, compensation and the requirements for the options they choose.

The AgriStability Program also provides an option for producers looking to access a portion of their benefit early.  Through the interim benefit, producers enrolled in AgriStability can get 50 per cent of their estimated final benefit.

The Ministry of Agriculture continues to examine options for producers dealing with the dry conditions.  While the Saskatchewan Pastures Program is at capacity, the Ministry has requested that other organizations consider opening any conservation lands for grazing or salvaging of forage.  In addition, the Ministry will now allow sub-leasing of Crown lease land.  Crown land lessees with excess grazing or hay resources may now receive permission by contacting their local Agriculture Regional Office.

Producers are also encouraged to access the feed grain and forage listing service as a way to connect buyers and sellers of feed grains, forages and other agricultural-related services through a free listing service.

For more information, contact:

Denise Dobko
Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation
Melville
Phone: 306-728-7434
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Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa
Phone: 613-773-7972

Posted July 12, 2015


SASKATCHEWAN FORAGE COUNCIL WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Leanna Rousell as their new Executive Director.
Leanna Rousell comes to the SFC having experience working with producer associations tied to the livestock industry including the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency and the WHLZ project as well as administrative experience at Saskatoon Livestock Sales. Leanna is looking forward to taking over this role following the resignation of former Executive Director, Leanne Thompson.
 
Rousell is excited about this new position and remarks “As a forage and livestock producer myself, I appreciate the work done by this organization in the past on extension and communication of forage related issues and hope to carry on this tradition as I take over the Executive Director role.”
 
Saskatchewan Forage Council President, Kelly Williamson says, “The Board looks forward to working with Leanna. She has a keen interest in the forage industry and we look forward to her new perspective on projects and direction for the organization. At this time we would also like to thank Leanne Thompson for her work with the SFC. Many of our successes and advancements in the industry are in large part due to her efforts.”

Leanna will be operating the Saskatchewan Forage Council from her home office located near Asquith, SK. Please note that contact information for the Saskatchewan Forage Council including mailing address, phone and fax numbers are changed effective immediately.

For more information, please contact:
Leanna Rousell, Executive Director
Saskatchewan Forage Council
Ph/Fx 306.329.3116
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Kelly Williamson, President
Saskatchewan Forage Council
Ph 306.582.7774
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Posted May 1, 2015  


SELECTING FORAGE INSURANCE WITH SASKATCHEWAN CROP INSURANCE CORPORATION

The Forage Insurance Program offered through Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) is for producers who rely on forage for seed, sale or feed. There are a number of crops insurable under this program including tame hay, dehydrated alfalfa, sweetclover and greenfeed. Additional choices such as Establishment Benefit, Forage Diversification and a Timothy Hay option are also made available under this program.

SCIC provides coverage choices to help build custom-fit insurance for any farm. Producers can customize their forage insurance to their operation by selecting low, base, variable or in-season price options. The variable and in-season price options can help producers manage price fluctuations that occur throughout and after the growing season.   Producers can choose from a wide range of coverage level options available. These options include 50, 60, 70 and 80 per cent.

Regardless of your operation, SCIC has several options that meet your forage insurance needs.  Alfalfa seed may be insured under a specific yield-loss option available through SCIC’s Multi-Peril Program. Red Clover, rye grass, millet and other forage seed crops are eligible for coverage through the Diversification Option.

If you would like more information about forage insurance, visit a Saskatchewan Crop Insurance office or saskcropinsurance.com. The deadline to sign up, renew or cancel forage insurance is March 31, 2015.

To view the full article, including 2015 insured prices and forage insurance program option, click here.

Posted March 17, 2015


INVESTMENT IN RESEARCH TO STRENGTHEN THE FORAGE SEED INDUSTRY

January 22, 2014 – Beaverlodge, Alberta – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

On behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux and MP Chris Warkentin (Peace River) today announced an investment of over $923,000 to the Peace Region Forage Seed Association (PRFSA) which will improve seed production and quality, as well as the economic and environmental sustainability of crops within Canada. These improvements will deliver more value to producers and help meet the growing demand for forage seed both domestically and internationally.

Under this project, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers will collaborate with industry on a number of activities to help the sector. Research will be done on how incorporating forage seed production within annual crop rotations can increase value for producers; evaluating the seed yield potential of forage and turf grass varieties in western Canada, and examining ways to increase the quality of grass and legume seed crops in Canada.

Today’s investment is made through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriInnovation Program, a five-year, up to $698-million initiative under Growing Forward 2. The Program’s industry-led research and development stream supports pre-commercialization research, development and knowledge transfer leading to innovative agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based practices, processes, and products.

To read the complete Government of Canada News Release, click here .

February 4, 2015


GOVERNEMENTS ANNOUNCE $3.8 MILLION FOR LIVESTOCK AND FORAGE RESEARCH

January 21, 2015 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Today Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced nearly $3.8 million in funding for 30 livestock and forage research projects. Funding is provided through the province's Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).

Some of the projects to receiving funding include research to improve cow and calf performance through diet, develop new forage lines to extend the spring grazing season and investigate options for recycling baler twine and net wrap. Three projects will look at controlling Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED), a virus that does not pose a risk to human health or food safety but can cause significant death in pig herds.

Third party support contributes additional funds to many of these ADF projects, with several industry partner organizations committing an amount totalling nearly $1.2 million. Co-funding groups include Western Grains Research Foundation, SaskMilk and Sask Pork, among others.

To read the complete Government of Canada News Release, click here .

February 4, 2015

SFC CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF SERVING THE FORAGE INDUSTRY

The Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) was officially formed May 2, 1988 by a visionary group of forage industry stakeholders. The original board of directors included: Robert McGillivray, S.E. Beacom, Les Bohrson, Rodney Duczek, Don Gayton, Clare Phillips, Ken Stoner, Greg Sommerfeld and Bill Weighill.  This group represented people from the forage seed, research, export, processing and livestock sectors - indicating that since its inception in 1988, the SFC has recognized and embraced the diversity of the forage industry.

2013 SFC AGM & TourThe SFC was formed as a means to provide the forage industry with a voice. The formation of a provincial council would be a way to pull those working on forage issues together. Also, forages were not adequately represented by other crop commodity groups, thus there was a gap to be filled.

It is important to acknowledge the hard work and vision of all the former board members and employees that have helped make this council a success. Here’s to another 25 years serving the forage industry!

To read the complete article, click here.

Posted July 8, 2013 


PROPOSED UPDATE OF THE PROVINCIAL LANDS ACT

The Government of Saskatchewan is seeking input from people across the province to improve and modernize The Provincial Lands Act.

The Act provides the authority to the Ministries of Agriculture and Environment to administer provincial Crown lands.

The Ministries of Agriculture and Environment will be holding consultation meetings throughout the province.  Consultations will help inform changes to the Act.  Crown land clients will receive notification letters of these meetings.

Consultations will address issues such as: improving client service; clarifying language and administration; identifying solutions for land-use conflicts; developing enforcement mechanisms; and strengthening regulatory frameworks.

To read the complete SK Ministry of Agriculture News Release, click here.

June 12, 2013

THE ROUNDUP READY® ALFALFA ASSESSMENT

Monsanto Canada Inc. and Forage Genetics International LLC have jointly developed Roundup Ready® alfalfa for use in the commercial production of forage for livestock feed.  This product has the capacity to withstand the application of Roundup® herbicide, which would enable alfalfa producers to suppress or control weeds.

In 2005, Roundup Ready® alfalfa underwent livestock feed, environmental safety and food assessments conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and HC.

As part of this process, Monsanto Canada Inc. and Forage Genetics International LLC provided extensive data and related scientific literature for review by scientists at the CFIA and HC.  The submitted data included a detailed description of how Roundup Ready® alfalfa was developed and how the tolerance to Roundup® occurred in the plant.  Roundup Ready® alfalfa was field tested in Canada under strictly controlled conditions in Manitoba and Ontario.  These field trials provided essential data required for the safety assessments.  Field trial data confirmed that Roundup Ready® alfalfa behaved no differently than conventional alfalfa.

The CFIA’s environmental safety assessment concluded that Roundup Ready® alfalfa does not pose any safety risks to the environment. The assessment also concluded that Roundup Ready® alfalfa has no detrimental effect on bees, other insects or other plants.  The livestock feed safety assessment determined that Roundup Ready® alfalfa is nutritionally equivalent to conventional alfalfa and similar to commercial varieties grown in North America. Further, the analysis showed that no new toxins or allergens were present.  HC conducted a similar analysis and determined that food from Roundup Ready® alfalfa poses no risk to human health.

In 2013, Gold Medal Seeds Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Forage Genetics International LLC, submitted an application for variety registration to the CFIA. The application was assessed and the variety was registered on April 26, 2013. Variety registration enables Roundup Ready® alfalfa seed to be commercially sold in Canada.

To read the complete CFIA News Release, click here.

June 10, 2013

GOVERNMENTS ANNOUNCE NEW RESEARCH CHAIR TO FOCUS ON FORAGE

Today, federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced funding of $1.25 million over five years for the creation of a forage research chair at the University of Saskatchewan.

The forage research chair will focus on forage breeding with an emphasis on developing new forage varieties with improved yields.  A dedicated forage research chair will result in new options for Saskatchewan producers to help improve profitability, competitiveness and sustainability in the long-term.

“The creation of the forage chair is a direct response to industry needs,” said Ritz.  “Strengthening forage research capacity in Saskatchewan supports innovation for long-term profitability and sustainability for producers.”

“We have heard from industry that better forage varieties are needed to assist with the long-term growth of the livestock industry in Saskatchewan,” Stewart said.  “The new forage research chair announced today is a good first step toward the expansion of Saskatchewan’s livestock and forage industries.”

The creation of a forage research chair addresses a recommendation from the Beef, Feed and Forage Review conducted in 2012.  In addition, feedback from industry groups during the Growing Forward 2 consultations, including the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, Saskatchewan Forage Council and Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, highlighted the need for increased investment in forage research.

To read the complete SK Ministry of Agriculture News Release, click here.

June 10, 2013
HARPER GOVERNMENT UNVEILS DETAILS OF FEDERAL GROWING FORWARD 2 PROGRAMS

Edmonton, Alberta, January 31, 2013 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today the details of the AgriMarketing and AgriCompetitiveness Programs under Canada's new agricultural policy framework Growing Forward 2. These programs complement the AgriInnovation Program which was unveiled in December, 2012.

The AgriMarketing Program, which comes into effect on April 1, 2013, is now accepting applications. The new program – a five-year, $341-million initiative -- is designed to help industry improve its capacity to adopt assurance systems, such as food safety and traceability, to meet consumer and market demands. It will also support industry in maintaining and seizing new markets for their products through branding and promotional activities.

“Our Government knows the importance of innovation and trade to the agriculture industry which is why, we made market development a cornerstone of Growing Forward 2,” said Minister Ritz. “By focusing on proactive and cost-effective investments, Growing Forward 2 will give producers the tools they need to compete in markets in Canada and around the world.”

The new $115-million AgriCompetitiveness Program will make targeted investments to help the sector adapt to rapidly changing and emerging global and domestic opportunities and issues, respond to market trends and enhance business and entrepreneurial capacity. The AgriMarketing and AgriCompetitiveness Programs are in addition to the $698-million AgriInnovation Program which will focus on investments to expand the sector’s capacity to develop and commercialize new products and technologies. The AgriInnovation Program began accepting applications in December, 2012. All three programs come into effect on April 1, 2013.

To read the complete AAFC News Release, click here.

January 31, 2013
GROWING FORWARD 2 (GF2) - CONSULTATIONS

In September 2012, the federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Agriculture met in Whitehorse, Yukon and set in place a new five-year agricultural policy framework - Growing Forward 2 (GF2).

GF2 will come into effect on April 1, 2013. Currently the Bilateral Agreement between Saskatchewan and the federal government for GF2 programming is being negotiated.

To date, we have received valuable input from producers and industry organizations, which has shaped our initial approach to GF2 programming. Over the past three years, through a series of both formal and informal consultation sessions, we have gathered a significant amount of feedback about what has worked in the original Growing Forward framework, and what areas could be improved to better serve stakeholders.

This feedback has helped us structure new program areas and initiatives in our negotiations with the federal government, while at the same time, balancing sector needs with the funding available and parameters set for the agreement nationally.

As Saskatchewan enters the final stage of bilateral negotiations with the federal government regarding programming and funding, the Ministry would like to invite stakeholders to submit written comments regarding priorities, initiatives and observations concerning GF2.

Currently, Saskatchewan is considering a range of strategic initiatives organized across eight program areas, which include:
     * Agriculture Research & Innovation
     * Value-Added Business Development
     * Farm Business Management
     * Trade and Market Development
     * Environment
     * Rural Water Infrastructure
     * Food Safety, Plant & Animal Health
     * Agriculture Awareness

To read the complete SK Ministry of Ag Programs and Services Update, click here.

January 30, 2013
GOVERNMENTS INVEST $3.4 MILLION INTO LIVESTOCK RESEARCH

Research Funding to Help Grow the Industry and Benefit Livestock and Forage Producers

Today Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced $3.4 million in funding for 23 livestock and forage research projects. Funding for these projects is provided through the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).

"Saskatchewan is a world leader in agricultural research," said Ritz. "The Agriculture Development Fund and work done in the province's research institutions help producers innovate to strengthen our economy here in Saskatchewan and across Canada."

"Research is vital to the future of our industry and ranchers across Saskatchewan will benefit from these projects," Stewart said. "Our government's continued commitment to innovation will help our producers remain competitive and will continue to ensure Saskatchewan produces safe, reliable agriculture products."

Livestock and forage projects receiving funding in 2013 include:
     * New forage barley for beef and dairy producers;
     * Development of oral and needle-free vaccines for calves;
     * Analysis of sheep health in the province;
     * New nutritional feeds for piglets;
     * Improving the energy value in high-protein feed;
     * DNA testing technologies for cattle;
     * Improved production management tools for cow-calf operations;
     * Development of new vaccines for poultry; and
     * Field-testing a vaccine against chronic wasting disease.

To read the complete SK Ministry of Ag News Release, click here.

January 23, 2013


HARPER GOVERNMENT HELPS FORM THE SASKATCHEWAN FORAGE NETWORK

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, January 22, 2013 - With the support of the Harper Government, Saskatchewan forage industry members will work together to develop and implement a strategy to improve the sector's competitiveness and to ensure its long-term prosperity. Agriculture minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment that will help the Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) build partnerships and promote industry-wide dialogue through the formation of the Saskatchewan Forage Network.

"Forages are a core driver of the Saskatchewan economy, and we are pleased to support the sector in developing an efficient and coordinated approach," said Minister Ritz. "The formation of the Network will enable the sector to achieve tangible and practical results through calculated investments in key areas."

The $148,000 investment will allow the SFC to secure a coordinator for the newly formed Saskatchewan Forage Network, and to carry out activities and deliver on the Network's objectives. These objectives include developing a strategy to build forage research capacity, facilitating access to project funds, and achieving coordinated technology transfer and extension activities across the industry.

An industry-led steering committee, which includes members from the SFC, the Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association, SaskMilk, the Sask Leafcutters Association, the Saskatchewan Forage Seed Development Commission, and the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan, will identify new priorities, needs, and gaps as the Network model is developed and implemented.

"This project is coming at a key time for the forage industry, as we are currently facing a serious lack of investment in forage research and program funding, both in Saskatchewan and across Canada. Funding for this project will be used to consult with and bring together stakeholders in a coordinated effort on forage-related issues facing the industry," said Aaron Ivey, President of the SFC and Chair of the Forage Network Steering Committee. "I am happy to report that this network has already seen positive progress."

To read the complete AAFC News Release, click here.

January 22, 2013

FUNDING TO HELP PATRONS ASSUME PASTURE OPERATIONS

Funding to Help Patrons Develop Business Plans and Establish Legal Entities

Today, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced funding to help pasture patron groups prepare to assume operation of federal community pastures.

"Returning these lands back to their provincial owners is a great opportunity for those, with a more direct stake in the use of the land, to take over the pasture management," said Ritz. "Our government is pleased to work with the Province of Saskatchewan and use the flexibility of Growing Forward programming to support this transfer."

"Pasture patrons have been the priority for our government throughout this transition," Stewart said. "This funding will help patron groups with the business costs associated with assuming operation of these pastures and we will continue working hand-in-hand with them throughout this process."

Funding will be available to patron groups for up to 75 per cent of the costs associated with establishing legal entities and the development of business plans, up to a maximum of $80,000. In addition, funding will be available for up to 75 per cent of the costs for patrons to improve their business management skills, up to a maximum of $40,000.

Pasture patron groups are eligible for a maximum benefit of up to $120,000 per group. Funding will be provided under the Saskatchewan Farm Business Development Initiative.

To read the complete SK Ministry of Ag News Release, click here.

November 15, 2012
PROVINCE WORKING WITH PATRONS TO TRANSITION FIRST 10 FEDERAL COMMUNITY PASTURES

Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the first 10 federal community pastures to be transferred to the province and to patron-controlled operation for the 2014 grazing season. Patrons will have the opportunity to own or lease these pastures.

"Patrons have had cattle grazing these pastures for years; they know this land better than anyone else; they are our best environmental stewards; and they will continue to have access to these lands which are important to their businesses," Stewart said. "We will continue to work closely with patrons to ensure a smooth transition as they take the steps necessary to operate these pastures."

The following federal community pastures will transfer to patron operation for the 2014 grazing season:
     * Estevan-Cambria;
     * Excel;
     * Fairview;
     * Ituna-Bon Accord
     * Keywest;
     * Lone Tree;
     * McCraney;
     * Newcombe;
     * Park; and
     * Wolverine.

"For many producers in this area, pastures are important to their operations," Chair of the patron advisory committee for the Ituna-Bon Accord Community Pasture Aaron Ivey said. "I believe producers will welcome the opportunity to take more control of their pastures at a local level. This transition can ensure they have access to the grazing into the future."

In May, an industry advisory committee was formed to provide advice and recommendations on this transition. The following recommended principles will guide the transition of these pastures to patron groups:
     * Pasture patron groups will have the opportunity to own/lease each pasture;
     * Each pasture will be maintained as a complete block;
     * Any sales will be based on market value; and
     * Any sale of native prairie land will be subject to no-break and no-drain conservation easements.

To read the complete SK Ministry of Ag News Release, click here.

October 19, 2012
REPORT ASSESSES THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF ROUNDUP READY® ALFALFA ON CANADA'S FORAGE INDUSTRY

The Canadian Forage & Grassland Association (CFGA), through a project partnership with the Saskatchewan Forage Council, is pleased to announce the release of a national, industry-wide market impact study providing an unbiased, fact-based assessment of the potential impact of Roundup Ready® alfalfa (RRA) on Canada’s forage industry. This collaborative project, with input and direction from stakeholders across the industry, will assist the forage industry nation-wide in its efforts to respond to the new and emerging issue of genetically modified crops.

The report provides an overview of Canada’s forage industry, including export statistics, and a synopsis of the technology and current regulatory status of RRA in Canada. The analysis of the topic is far-reaching as it includes a discussion of the basics of alfalfa reproduction and potential for gene flow and seed cross contamination, an overview of strategies implemented by other commodity groups in their efforts to adapt to the introduction of GE technology, and the current status of RRA in the United States. Key to this study was widespread input from stakeholders across Canada’s forage industry, from those concerned about potential impacts on export markets to producers anticipating a new and effective weed control system. Potential economic impacts are quantified.

To read the complete News Release, click here.

June 13, 2012

 


SASKATCHEWAN FORAGE COUNCIL AGM AND FIELD DAY A SUCCESS!
 
This year's AGM and tour was held on June 23 near Lanigan, SK in conjunction with the Western Beef Development Centre (WBDC) field day. Keynote speaker was Jim Gerrish and the day featured a number of speakers and an afternoon bus tour.
 
If you missed this event, audio-synched versions of Jim Gerrish's presentations and Kathy Larson's presentation are now posted on YouTube on the Western Beef Development Centre YouTube channel.  Click on the links below to view materials or watch presentations.

2015 Summer Field Day Handbook (pdf)

AM Presentation-Jim Gerrish-What Really Matters in Grazing Management

AM Presentation-Kathy Larson-Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey Results

PM Presentation-Jim Gerrish-Pasture Improvements-How do you know that it will pay?

Gerrish-Cost-Benefit Calculator for Pasture Improvements (excel)

Posted July 18, 2015


GRAZING RESPONSE INDEX (GRI) FACTSHEET 

The Saskatchewan Forage Council in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are currently undertaking an ADOPT (Agriculture Demonstration of Practices and Technologies), which will demonstrate the use of the grazing response index on Saskatchewan pastures. 

The Grazing Response Index (GRI) is a relatively new, easy-to-use pasture monitoring tool designed to assist pasture managers to understand how plants and their native rangelands respond to grazing.  AAFC’s 4-page factsheet discusses the strengths of GRI and explains in detail how to use the tool and interpret the results for optimized grazing management. An additional 2-page insert walks the reader through a GRI assessment and includes a blank GRI assessment worksheet.

The ADOPT project demonstration site is located at the Ducks Unlimited Torchwood Hills Conservation Ranch near Lestock,SK. More information resulting from this demonstration will be available at field days at the Ranch, posted on the SFC website and in the final report. 
 
To view the factsheet, click here.  
 
 Posted December 17, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN PASTURE TOUR RESOURCES
 
Listed below are links to useful resources related to the topics being covered on the Saskatchewan Pasture Tour on August 7, 2014. Click the links to navigate to the page you are interested in viewing. 
 
Annual Forages
 
Forage Rejuvenation
 
 
Fertilizing Forages

 

Fertilizing Seeded Forages in Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan Ministy of Agriculture)

Stockpiled Forages 

 

Bale Grazing 

 

Seeding into Terminated Forage Stands 

 

 

Grazing High Percentage Alfalfa Stands

Livestock Watering Systems

 

 

Livestock Watering Systems in Saskatchewan (this file is over 7MB in size so may be slow to load)

Invasive Weed Control 

 

 
General Knowledge
 
Posted August 6, 2014  

TRACE MINERALS IN SASKATCHEWAN PASTURES 

 

The Saskatchewan Forage Council and partners have completed a project funded by the ADF (Agriculture Development Fund) which sampled tame and native forage species in Saskatchewan pastures for trace mineral content. Forages were sampled and forage quality was analyzed in both the spring and fall of 2012 and 2013 from four soil zones within the province. 

Although only required in less than 100 parts per million (ppm), when deficient, these minerals can have severe impacts on animal health which can have a significant economic impact for livestock producers. 

Factsheetfactsheet images have been developed as a resource to share the results of this project and are available by soil zone.  To view:

Trace Minerals Black Soil Zone Factsheet click here.  

Trace Minerals Gray Soil Zone Factsheet click here .  

Trace Minerals Dark Brown Soil Zone Factsheet click here.  

Trace Minerals Brown Soil Zone Factsheet click here.   

Print copies of all Trace Minerals Factsheets are available by contacting the SFC at 306.969.2666 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

To view the Final Report for this project, click here.

Funding for this project was provided by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and the Canada-Saskatchewan Growing Forward bi-lateral agreement.

Project Partners: Western Beef Development Centre, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

Posted July 23, 2014


INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
-EXTENSIVE THREE YEAR PROJECT COMPLETED-

BMPs for Invasives Factsheets Series

The Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) and industry partners have completed the CAAP (Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program) project, "Invasive Plant Species Management Strategies: Capacity Building for Saskatchewan's Forage & Livestock Industry."

Invasive plant species are present in Saskatchewan and are often found established within forage acres. These invasive plant species pose a very real and significant threat. This extensive three year project provided the resources to path find and pilot solution for the forage and livestock industry to deal with this ever-growing threat of invasive plant species. A proactive approach was taken to develop the capacity and tools to respond to the issue and pilot practical measures across the wider industry. Project objectives included increasing Saskatchewan producers’ awareness of invasive plant species and also assessed existing weed-free forage certification programs and the potential for these to be adapted for Saskatchewan use.

The project was very successful in meeting its original objectives. Awareness of the threat of invasive plant species was increased and an in depth assessment of existing weed-free forage certification programs and opportunities for a provincial program were fully evaluated. Clearly, there is much work left to be done but this project fulfilled its role to initiate the conversation, bring industry partners together on this critical issue, and identify next steps.

To view the Project Final Report, click here. To view the Strategic Assessment Report, click here. To view the Facilitated Focus Group Report, click here. To view the Project Summary, click here.

The education and awareness component of this project involved the creation of a series of five Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) factsheets focusing on the prevention and control of invasive plant species within various sectors of the forage industry including FORAGE SEED, GRAZING, RIPARIAN, HAY, and TRANSPORTATIONSK Invasive Plant Species ID Guide. It also involved the creation of the SASKATCHEWAN INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES IDENTIFICATION GUIDE. The ID Guide focuses on the many invasive plant species that are pertinent to SK and provides plant characteristics and information about each species.

To view or download online versions of the Factsheets, click here.

To view or download an online version of the ID Guide, click here.

Print copies of all the Factsheets and the ID Guides are available by contacting the SFC at 306.969.2666 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Funding for this project has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). In Saskatchewan, this program is delivered by the Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan. A project steering committee participated in the project’s activities, design and delivery and included representatives from the following organizations/agencies: Saskatchewan Forage Council, Frenchman-Wood River Weed Management Area, Saskatchewan Forage Seed Development Commission, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Additional support (financial and in-kind) for this project was provided by Crossing the Medicine Line Network, SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SaskTel, True North Specialty Products, ConocoPhillips, Dow AgroSciences and Canada North Environmental Services.

Posted November 4, 2013

 


SASKATCHEWAN'S FORAGE INDUSTRY REPORT RELEASED 

The Saskatchewan Forage Council is pleased to announce the release of the much-anticipated report entitled “The Value of Saskatchewan’s Forage Industry – A Multi-Level Analysis”.  The first of its kind in the province, the report characterizes this diverse industry and looks at Forage Industry Analysis Final Reportthe value of forages to Saskatchewan’s economy, environment and society as a whole.  Read more...

Download the complete report: Print Version(4.4MB) or Screen Version(2.2MB)

For more information or to request a print copy of the report, contact the Saskatchewan Forage Council at 306.969.2666 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Posted April 15, 2010 


 

The Saskatchewan Forage Council Gratefully Acknowledges funding for our 'Facilitating Forage Initiatives in Saskatchewan' project through the Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association
Saskatchewan Beef Industry Development Fund:

Sask Cattlemen's Association logo

 


 

FORAGE RESEARCH IN CANADA

After 10 years of extremely narrow or negative margins, the outlook for Canada’s cow-calf sector has become brighter. Growing market access to an increasing global demand for beef means that feeders and packers are competing aggressively for the calves and fat cattle produced from Canada’s smaller cow herd. Grain prices are also high, so grazers are competing with the grain sector for land. High feed grain prices encourage longer backgrounding and grazing periods prior to feedlot finishing. All of these factors point to the need for scientifically validated tools to increase forage productivity per acre.

At one time, Canada’s forage research was almost solely funded by government. The beef industry focused on animal health, productivity, beef quality and food safety research, and didn’t notice that retiring government forage researchers were not being replaced. This led to a drastic loss in Canada’s forage production and breeding research expertise. Provincial forage councils recognized this problem, but had no check-off system to raise forage research funds.

Canada’s beef industry eventually realized that more productive forages would require a greater check-off investment in forage research. Between 2001 and 2008, the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) allocated 10 per cent of its research budget towards forage and grasslands research. Since 2009, this allocation has doubled to 20 per cent.

To read the complete BCRC article, click here.

May 29, 2012

 
 
 
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