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APAS Hires New Executive Director

September 14, 2022 (Regina, SK) – The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) has hired Dion McGrath as its new Executive Director. McGrath brings a wealth of experience to APAS, from his various executive roles in the public sector, to previously serving as the CEO of Southeast College in Weyburn and working with his partner to create a digital marketing company called…

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Fertilizer Emissions Reduction Submission Summary

Introduction Responding to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s proposed Fertilizer Emissions Reduction Strategy has been a major priority for APAS since the consultations were launched earlier this year. Over the last months, APAS has gathered feedback from producers and recently submitted two documents to the consultation process, including a joint submission with the Saskatchewan Crop…

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Grain contracts "heavily tilted" in favour of buyers, according to new report

July 11, 2022: Regina, SK – Today’s grain purchase contracts are heavily tilted in favour of grain buyers, putting Saskatchewan farmers at a distinct disadvantage, a recent report has found. The same report also found that only 46% of Prairie grain farmers feel that they are being treated fairly by contracts. The report, written by Mercantile Consulting Venture Inc., was commissioned…

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APAS calls for federal Livestock Tax Deferral for 2022

June 6, 2022 (Regina, SK) – The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) is calling on the federal government to trigger a Livestock Tax Deferral Program for 2022 as soon as possible. The measure would allow cattle farmers who sell part of their breeding herd due to drought in prescribed areas to defer the tax on the sale proceeds to the following year. “Many areas of…

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APAS calling for Crop Insurance deadline extension

May 30, 2022 (Regina, SK) – The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) is requesting both the federal and provincial Ministers of Agriculture to extend the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance deadline for 2022. “This has truly been a unique year for trying to grow a crop,” APAS President Ian Boxall said. “There are some hard-hit areas in Saskatchewan that are…

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APAS accepting applications for YLMP

May 19, 2022 (Regina, SK) – The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) is now accepting new applicants for the Youth Leadership and Mentorship Program (YLMP) presented by Farm Credit Canada (FCC). “Having been a mentee in this program, I can say with confidence this program is a great benefit to young producers in Saskatchewan,” APAS President Ian Boxall said.…

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APAS releases Next Policy Framework recommendations

April 11, 2022 (Regina, SK) – The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) has released a list of 19 recommendations for the Federal and Provincial governments to consider in developing the next five-year funding agreement for agricultural programs. “It was important to make sure our voice was heard as the provincial and federal governments make decisions on this…

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Federal budget leaves questions unanswered: APAS

April 7, 2022 (Regina, SK) – The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) says that the 2022/23 federal budget leaves farmers with some unanswered questions. “The next 5-year federal-provincial Canadian Agricultural Partnership agreement is still being negotiated by the governments, and we don’t have any indication of commitments to increase funding for most of…

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