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APAS Updates

 1. APAS letter to Minister Marit about proposed amendments to The Pest Control Act: On February 21, APAS sent a letter to Minister Marit, encouraging the provincial government to do additional consultations with farmers on the government’s proposed amendments to The Pest Control Act. There is a lack of public information available about the amendments, which has resulted in farmers not knowing enough about the changes. A recent APAS survey indicated that 82% of our members are not aware of the proposed amendments, so additional information and consultation is clearly required. You can read our letter to Minister Marit by clicking here.


2. APAS meeting with numerous officials in Ottawa next week: Next week, APAS Directors, staff, and our APAS Young Leaders will attend the Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s AGM in Ottawa. In addition to the AGM, we’ve got meetings scheduled 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 Mary Robinson (Senator and CFA Past President), plus we’ll be attending Question Period on Thursday afternoon. These meetings are important opportunities for APAS to lobby on behalf of Saskatchewan producers, so watch the APAS social media on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, and LinkedIn for photos and other posts from Ottawa.


3. ACA’s #ShowYourReceipts campaign: The Agriculture Carbon Alliance (which the Canadian Federation of Agriculture is a member of), is running a campaign called #ShowYourReceipts to show legislators in Ottawa the real the cost of the carbon tax on Canadian farmers and ranchers. By clicking here, you can upload receipts that show the carbon tax portion of your farm’s natural gas or propane bill. From there, the Agriculture Carbon Alliance will compile, analyze, and anonymize the data (using only your first name, province, and commodities you produce) to present it to Senators, MPs, and Ministers. The goal is to provide them with a clear understanding of what farmers and ranchers actually pay, and why farmers need Bill C-234 passed in its original form. We’ll be talking to numerous officials in Ottawa next week about the steadily increasing negative impact of the carbon tax on Saskatchewan’s producers.


4. 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. We’ll be speaking with various officials about this issue in Ottawa next week.