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APAS issues concerns over reduction of Advance Payment Program

APAS issues concerns over reduction of Advance Payment Program

Feb 22, 2024 | 9:26am
The recent decision to reduce the interest-free portion of the Advance Payment Program (APP) from $350,000 to $100,000 has stirred apprehension within the agricultural community across Canada, with the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) issuing numerous concerns. The Advance Payment Program is a federal loan guarantee initiative that has served as a resource for […]
Over $6 million in livestock and forage research invested by Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan 

Over $6 million in livestock and forage research invested by Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan 

Jan 23, 2024 | 1:39pm
Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, alongside Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit, announced $6.8 million in funding for livestock and forage research activities. The investment is provided through the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP), supporting 30 new research projects for 2024. This year’s funding represents an […]
Sask. government freezes crown land grazing rates for 2024

Sask. government freezes crown land grazing rates for 2024

Jan 23, 2024 | 1:22pm
The Government of Saskatchewan has announced a freeze on the 2024 Crown land grazing rates, maintaining them at 2022 levels. This decision responds to the agricultural industry’s challenges from several years of persistent dry conditions. Producers facing the need to reduce stocking rates on leased Crown land due to drought will again be eligible for […]
Viterra and Local Unions set to resume talks in new year

Viterra and Local Unions set to resume talks in new year

Dec 23, 2023 | 8:41am
Members of Grain and General Services Union Local 1, which represents workers from Viterra Country Operations and Maintenance and Local 2, which represents workers from Viterra’s Regina Head Office, say they are taking a stand to secure fair wages, improved work-life balance, and workplace respect in their collective agreements. After the pair of unions rejected […]
USask research helps tackle food insecurity through donation of soup mix to food banks

USask research helps tackle food insecurity through donation of soup mix to food banks

Dec 21, 2023 | 1:48pm
In a joint effort to address the pressing issue of food insecurity in Saskatchewan, over 15,000 Farm2Kitchen soup mix packages have been distributed in food hampers by the Regina Food Bank and the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre. The announcement comes after a collaborative effort between the USask College of Agriculture and Bioresources, the […]
Linamar buys Bourgault Industries

Linamar buys Bourgault Industries

Dec 21, 2023 | 1:27pm
Linamar Corporation has sealed an agreement to acquire Bourgault Industries Ltd., an agriculture equipment manufacturer based in St. Brieux, Saskatchewan. The $640 million transaction is a strategic move aimed at bolstering Linamar’s Industrial segment’s offerings and strengthening its position as a leading shortline agriculture equipment manufacturer. Bourgault Industries, recognized globally as a market and technology […]
USask research looking at cattle feed innovations

USask research looking at cattle feed innovations

Dec 20, 2023 | 3:32pm
Canadian beef and cattle producers have faced the familiar challenge of keeping their herds fed outside grazing season. A study at the University of Saskatchewan is diving into the challenges that cold-climate cattle producers face as they have to rely on storing and using feed crops, such as hay and other cereal grains. Dr. Gabriel […]
No White Christmas has some producers worried about moisture

No White Christmas has some producers worried about moisture

Dec 19, 2023 | 3:20pm
Many farmers and producers might be dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones they are used to experiencing. However, with Christmas approaching and no snow in the forecast, it seems those dreams won’t be coming true. Trevor Hadwen, an agri-climate specialist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, said given the drought conditions the province […]
Unions representing Viterra workers in Sask. vote to authorize strike action

Unions representing Viterra workers in Sask. vote to authorize strike action

Dec 16, 2023 | 10:51am
Members of the Grain and General Services Union Local 1 (Viterra Country Operations and Maintenance) and Local 2 (Viterra Regina Head Office) have reached an impasse with Viterra over bargaining negotiations. After more than a year of negotiations, the unions, who have been frustrated by the lack of progress, members in both unions overwhelmingly voted […]
Sask. government forecasting $251 million deficit due to potash prices and drought

Sask. government forecasting $251 million deficit due to potash prices and drought

Nov 27, 2023 | 12:54pm
Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Donna Harpauer presented the 2023-24 Mid-Year Report, revealing that global market conditions, severe drought and potash market dynamics are key factors contributing to a forecasted deficit at mid-year. The Mid-Year Report outlined a deficit of $250.5 million, down $1.3 billion from the budget and $736.1 million from the first quarter. […]