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APAS Updates

1. APAS and SCA letter on the Advance Payments Program: On February 13, APAS and the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association (SCA) sent a joint letter to the federal Minister of Agriculture, requesting an extension of the $350,000 interest-free limit for the Advance Payments Program (APP). The recent increase in the interest-free limit from $100,000 to $350,000 significantly improved the program’s value, helping producers manage cash-flow as production costs rise. Click here to read our joint letter with SCA.


2. APAS will soon be meeting with numerous officials in Ottawa: During the week of February 26, APAS Directors, staff, and our APAS Young Leaders will attend the Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s AGM in Ottawa. While the AGM itself is an important event, we’ve also got a lot of additional meetings scheduled for our time there. We’ve currently got meetings confirmed with Lawrence MacAulay (federal Minister of Agriculture), Stephanie Beck (federal Deputy Minister of Agriculture), Arun Thangaraj (federal Deputy Minister of Transport), Robert Black (Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee), Kody Blois (Chair of the House of Commons Agriculture Committee), John Barlow (federal Conservative Agriculture Critic), Alistair MacGregor (federal NDP Agriculture Critic), Yves Perron (Bloc Agriculture Critic), Justine Hendricks (CEO of Farm Credit Canada), and various other officials and Members of Parliament. These meetings are important opportunities for APAS to lobby on behalf of Saskatchewan producers, so stay tuned for more updates.


3. Seeding Success workshop in Regina on February 20: Farm Management Canada is hosting a free “Seeding Success Farm Business Practices Assessment Workshop” at the Wascana Country Club in Regina from 8:30am-4:30pm on February 20. The workshop is designed to help producers improve their business practices by combining self-assessment and action plan development with access to support resources. Click here for more information and to register for their workshop.


4. RM of Pinto Creek has joined APAS as a full member: The RM of Pinto Creek (No. 75) recently voted to join APAS as a full member for 2024, so congratulations to their RM Council on making that important decision on behalf of the farmers and ranchers in their area. The RM of Pinto Creek is about 75kms west of Assiniboia, so they’ll bring an important perspective to APAS from that part of the province.