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One step closer to carbon tax exemption on grain drying

APAS supports passage of Bill-C-206, which would exempt on-farm natural gas and propane use for grain drying and heating from the carbon tax. Opposition parties supported the private Members’ bill, which passed its second reading on February 24 will now move to Committee. “Our members have been very concerned about the impact of the federal carbon pricing system on…

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APAS releases updated estimate of impacts of carbon tax on agriculture

It's another major hit to farm income. In December 2020, the federal government announced that the carbon tax will increase to $170 per tonne by 2030. The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) has released updated estimates of the impact this increase will have on farmers. “Our updated numbers show that the cost of producing wheat could go up to over $12.50 per acre…

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CALL TO ACTION! Support Improvements to AgriStability

Call to Action: On behalf of Saskatchewan producers, contact your MP and MLA to support improvements to the AgriStability program. Key Points: The federal and provincial governments are talking about making improvements to AgriStability that would:Remove the AgriStability reference margin limit.Increase AgriStability payment levels from 70% to 80%.Share the cost (60% covered by the federal…

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Rural Connectivity Task Force reaches halfway point in project to improve rural internet

The Rural Connectivity Task Force has released a discussion paper summarizing its findings at the halfway point since launching in September 2020. “All fall we’ve been meeting with experts on the subject of rural internet service,” says Rural Connectivity Task Force Chair and APAS Board member Jeremy Welter, who farms near Kerrobert, SK. “We’re talking to experts from…

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APAS encouraged by Federal Provincial discussions on AgriStability

APAS is encouraged by news that the Federal and Provincial governments are considering improvements to the AgriStability program in their Federal/Provincial/Territorial meeting today. “It is very positive that the Federal Minister of Agriculture has tabled concrete proposals to fund their 60% share of the program,” said APAS President Todd Lewis, “and we hope that discussions…

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APAS launches Saskatchewan’s first Internet Speed Test

APAS has launched an Internet Speed Test for Saskatchewan. The test gives people living anywhere in Saskatchewan the chance to test their internet speeds against what their internet contracts promise. The project is a partnership between APAS and the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), which works to improve the safety and accessibility of the internet for Canadians. The APAS…

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Rural Connectivity Task Force meets industry experts

The APAS Rural Connectivity Task Force met on November 5, 2020 for its second meeting since forming in September. The November 5 meeting was part of the Task Force's research phase, during which they are delving into the technical and regulatory issues that shape Canada's internet landscape. The Task Force welcomed in-depth presentations by internet experts Dr. Reza Rajabuin…

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APAS Representatives elected in 116 RMs

Congratulations to the following individuals who have been elected to represent their RMs as APAS Representatives. We look forward to working with each and every one of you to advocate for Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers over the next four years. RM 1 (Argyle) – Brenda Ryckman RM 2 (Mount Pleasant) – Terrance Macfarlane RM 3 (Enniskillen) – Barry Fitzpatrick RM 33 (Moose…

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