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APAS Update May 23, 2024

1. Registration now open for July 2024 APAS District meetings: The APAS Board of Directors has scheduled the next round of APAS District meetings for the first two weeks of July. Click here to complete a very short registration survey to confirm whether you will be attending or not. Meeting agendas and other relevant materials will be sent to registrants closer to the meeting dates.


2. New APAS op-ed on Bunge-Viterra merger: On May 21, APAS released a new op-ed about the Bunge-Viterra merger. We sent it out in response to a recent article by Gregory Heckman, CEO of Bunge, who defended the merger. While Gregory’s optimism is to be expected, since he’s working to maximize profitability for his shareholders, there are many reasons why this merger might not be in the best interest of farmers. Click here to read the APAS op-ed.


3. APAS met with Minister Marit to discuss the Bunge-Viterra merger: On May 17, the APAS Board Executive met with Minister Marit to discuss our ongoing concerns about the Bunge-Viterra merger. During the meeting, the APAS Directors reiterated APAS’s concerns about the merger, sought clarification on the provincial government’s position, and also discussed a recent report by Dr. Richard Gray and his colleagues at the University of Saskatchewan which examines the potential impacts of the merger on Western Canada’s grain sector. Click here to read the full version of their report.


4. APAS at ag startup roundtable in Saskatoon: On May 22, APAS attended a roundtable event in Saskatoon to discuss how to support and grow Canada’s ag startup ecosystem. While APAS obviously doesn’t invest in startup companies, the new products and services created by ag startups can be very useful to our members, so we want to ensure those new companies continue to prosper. Click here to see a photo from yesterday’s roundtable event, and click here to read the event agenda.


5. APAS letter to CIRB about potential rail strike: On May 21, APAS sent a letter to the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to remind them of the critical need to maintain rail services during potential labour disruptions at CN and CPKC. You can read our letter to CIRB by clicking here.


6. Host farm registration deadline for Saskatchewan Open Farm Days: The deadline to register as a host farm for Saskatchewan Open Farm Days is May 31. Your farm could be part of this ongoing initiative that celebrates the richness of our province’s agricultural heritage by hosting an event on August 10, August 11, or both. Click here to learn more about Saskatchewan Open Farm Days, or to register as a host farm.