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APAS partners to host Growing Agriculture: 2020 Saskatchewan Provincial Election Forum

 APAS, Saskatchewan Farm Stewardship Association (SaskFSA), and Access Communications are partnering on a special election forum focused on Saskatchewan agriculture. Candidates representing the Sask Party, NDP and Liberals will respond to priority issues, with Shaun Haney of RealAgriculture moderating a producer panel to discuss and debate the responses. Growing Agriculture will air on…

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APAS launches Rural Connectivity Task Force

APAS is launching a Rural Connectivity Task Force. From September 2020 to January 2021 the Task Force will investigate the barriers to and opportunities for better internet and cellular service in rural Saskatchewan. The Rural Connectivity Task Force will be led by agricultural producers from across the province. This fall they will meet with industry experts, service providers, academics,…

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APAS releases report on rural cell phone and internet service

Poor cell and internet service in rural communities is a well-known problem facing Saskatchewan residents, and positive change is long overdue.   APAS continues to tackle the issue of rural connectivity on behalf of our members, and are proud to announce the release of a new report called “Out of Range: Internet and Cell Service in Rural Saskatchewan.”   Released…

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APAS to address House of Commons Agriculture Committee - THIS FRIDAY!

APAS President Todd Lewis will address the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food on Friday, June 12, 2020 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm EDT (1:00 to 2:00 pm Saskatchewan time) to present APAS's recommendations for changes to Agri-Stability. These include an increase to AgriStability coverage levels and an elimination of the Reference Margin Limit.    APAS…

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The Summer 2020 edition of Saskatchewan Farmers' Voice is on its way!

A new edition of Saskatchewan Farmers’ Voice magazine is hot off the presses and will soon be en route to farm mailboxes and agricultural leaders across the province! The Summer 2020 issue of Farmers’ Voice is packed full of important agricultural information ranging from profiles of local producers to ways that APAS has been advocating for good agricultural policy … to…

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Release: Rotating picket lines at Co-op cardlocks threaten to delay spring seeding

APAS is raising concerns about disrupted access to cardlocks and rural fuel supplies due to the ongoing labour dispute between Co-op and Unifor. Farmers raised the alarm after a recent picket line made it difficult to access a Co-op site in Moose Jaw this week.   “Our members have a very short window in which to seed our 2020 crop, and this year many producers are still…

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Release: APAS responds to federal government's announcement of COVID-19 support to agriculture

APAS sees today’s $252 million federal funding announcement for agriculture as a first step in the right direction, but warns more will be required to secure Canada’s food supply and address the financial difficulties facing Saskatchewan farmers.   “Any assistance to producers is welcome, but this package is only a small first step in addressing the needs at the farm…

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Release: COVID-19 making a bad situation worse for farmers

It’s the middle of April, but nearly 40% of respondents to the Agricultural Producer’s Association of Saskatchewan’s (APAS) most recent farm survey still have unharvested crop left in the field from last year. The weekly survey tracks the ongoing situation for the province’s farmers as they cope with a spring that is even more stressful than usual.  Read the complete…

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