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Ag Groups Urge Government of Saskatchewan to Undertake Risk Assessment of Proposed Bunge-Viterra Merger

October 3, 2023 (Regina, SK) – Leaders from four farm groups representing the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS), SaskCanola, Sask Wheat and SaskBarley have penned a letter to Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Minister, urging the Government of Saskatchewan to conduct a thorough risk assessment concerning the proposed merger of Bunge and Viterra, currently under…

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Open Letter to Saskatchewan Senators Re: Bill C-234 – Carbon Tax

Dear Saskatchewan Senators: I am writing to you as the President of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan and a dedicated farmer from Tisdale, Saskatchewan. As the Canadian Senate considers the merits of Bill C-234, An Act to amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, I want to encourage each of you to support this Bill, given its implications for Saskatchewan’s…

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Op-ed: Grain Contract issues far from 'settled'

Grain contracts are in the media again, and with many areas in Saskatchewan experiencing drought conditions, there is a concern that many farmers will suffer a repeat of 2021, highlighting a longstanding problem with contracts. For many Saskatchewan grain farmers, this isn’t news. Over the past few years, farmers have been raising concerns around the lack of transparency in grain purchase…

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APAS applauds reversal of CGC’s test weight standard decision

July 28, 2023 (Regina, SK) – The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) is pleased to see the reversal of the Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) decision to harmonize primary and export grading standards for certain wheat classes. “This is good news for wheat producers,” APAS President Ian Boxall said. “Higher grading standards for test weight and…

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APAS concerned about test weight standards for current grain contracts

July 26, 2023 (Regina, SK) – The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) is expressing concerns about contract uncertainty arising from the Canadian Grain Commission's (CGC) decision to harmonize primary and test weight standards for wheat classes, starting August 1, 2023. On June 13, the CGC announced that primary grades for most wheat classes will now be graded…

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Assistance for livestock producers

July 21, 2023 (Regina, SK) – In partnership with the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association (SCA), the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) is asking producers in drought-stricken areas to strongly consider a new program from the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) to support the livestock sector and make these crops available for feed. Recently,…

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Sask. Wheat and APAS call for reversal of CGC decision on test weight standards

SASKATOON, SK (July 17, 2023) – The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) and the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) oppose a recent decision by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) to tighten the primary elevator tolerances for test weight and total foreign material to export tolerances for most western Canadian wheat classes and are calling for a…

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One-sided grain contracts need to change

June 20, 2023 (Regina, SK) – The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) is asking the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to weigh in on contract protections after the recent $60 million dollar loss Saskatchewan farmers are absorbing due to the unilateral contract cancellation of a buyer. “This is the second massive financial loss for Saskatchewan farmers…

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