1. APAS provincial election issues survey: Since there will be a provincial election in October 2024 (or maybe earlier), APAS wants to know which provincial agricultural issues our members are most concerned about right now. Our last survey with only one question got a huge number of responses, so I decided to make it another really easy survey! Click here to answer this week’s one question – What is the most important agricultural issue that the provincial government needs to fix right now?
2. CFA’s policy, project, and legislative update for February 2024: The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (which APAS is a member of…hopefully their favourite member) periodically sends out updates on their policy work, various CFA projects, and the status of federal legislation. They just released their February 2024 update, so click here to read the latest summary of the good work CFA has been doing on behalf of Canada’s agricultural sector.
3. RM of Fillmore put forward a resolution for APAS to speak at all future SARM Conventions: The RM of Fillmore recently put forward a resolution to SARM that would ensure APAS is invited to provide an update on the main stage at every future SARM Convention. Having regular opportunities for APAS to speak directly to the farmers and ranchers in the crowd would significantly increase awareness of issues impacting producers, but it would also be a great way to increase support for our shared advocacy goals. Click here to read the RM of Fillmore’s resolution to SARM, and if you agree that APAS presenting on the main stage at SARM Conventions would be an effective way for us to share our message with their audience, then encourage your RM Councils to support it as well.
4. Eligibility and deadline changes for 2023 Canada-Saskatchewan Feed Program: On January 30, the federal and provincial governments announced updates to the 2023 Canada-Saskatchewan Feed Program. 10 more RMs have been added to the area eligible for full cost-shared funding of an initial payment up to $150 per head. The application deadline is also extended to March 15, 2024. Click here to read the government’s media release, and to get more information about the program changes.