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Sask. producer coalition delivers joint submission as part of Canada Grain Act review

  On behalf of Saskatchewan farmers, a coalition of producer organizations are calling on any changes to the Canada Grain Act to incorporate the Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) continuation of mandatory outward inspection, maintenance of its current mandate and governance model, and an emphasis on improved export sales reporting. The Canada Grain Act authorizes the CGC to…

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APAS releases submission to Canada Grain Act review

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) has released its submission to the consultation reviewing the Canada Grain Act. “Saskatchewan producers grew 54% of the total value of Canadian grain exports in 2020 and the Canada Grain Act and Canadian Grain Commission are very important to our members,” explained APAS President Todd Lewis. “Our submission reflects…

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APAS reacts to Provincial Budget

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) is pleased the Government of Saskatchewan is investing in agricultural programming and improving rural telecommunications.   APAS recognizes the provincial government's increased agricultural spending in the Budget. The six per cent increase amounts to $386.9 million for the agriculture industry. The government's…

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APAS holds 2021 Annual Meeting

APAS held its 2021 Annual General Meeting on March 30, 2021. Following the meeting, the APAS Board of Directors re-elected Todd Lewis, APAS Representative for RM of Lajord #128, as President for 2021. Lewis farms at Gray, Saskatchewan with his family, and was first elected to the position at the end of 2016. Ian Boxall of Tisdale and Bill Prybylski of Willowbrook were…

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Rural Connectivity Task Force releases recommendations

Following six months of research into the causes of poor rural internet and cellular service, APAS has released the final report and recommendations of its Rural Connectivity Task Force (RCTF). The RCTF’s findings will be presented at a virtual press conference on Wednesday March 31 at 11:00 am CST. Access the press conference here. “We’ve spent months meeting industry…

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APAS responds to removal of AgriStability Reference Margin Limit

APAS is encouraged by the removal of the AgriStability Reference Margin Limit (RML), but is disappointed the program’s compensation rate was not increased. “It’s good news that the provincial and federal Ministers of Agriculture agreed on the removal of the Reference Margin Limit yesterday,” said APAS President Todd Lewis, “but farmers’ costs and business…

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APAS responds to Supreme Court ruling on carbon tax

APAS is disappointed with the Supreme Court of Canada ruling on the challenges to federal jurisdiction over carbon taxation. “Saskatchewan agricultural producers have been very concerned about the impact of the federal carbon tax on our sustainability,” APAS President Todd Lewis explained. “As producers, we don’t set the prices for our products, and can’t pass…

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Winter 2021 issue of Farmers' Voice now available!

The new issue of Saskatchewan Farmers' Voice is hot off the presses, and should be arriving in farm mailboxes across the province this week! Look for your copy or read it online for:  Message from APAS President Todd LewisAPAS at Work on carbon tax, connectivity, BRM and moreConnecting Saskatchewan: The Rural Connectivity Task Force seeks solutions to poor rural internetBuilding…

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