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APAS Updates

1. CFA letter to Minister Freeland about the capital gains inclusion rate: On May 27, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and other national agricultural associations sent a joint letter to Minister Freeland, the federal Minister of Finance. The letter expressed concerns about several proposals in Budget 2024, including an increase to the capital gains inclusion rate, the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), and the Canadian Entrepreneurs’ Incentive (CEI). Click here to read the letter that was sent to Minister Freeland earlier this week.


2. Register today for APAS District meetings in July: The APAS Board of Directors has scheduled the next round of APAS District meetings for the first two weeks of July. If you haven’t registered yet, please click here to complete a short registration survey to confirm whether you’ll be attending or not. Meeting agendas and other relevant materials will be sent to registrants closer to the meeting dates.


3. APAS meeting with Transport Canada tomorrow to discuss the Bunge-Viterra merger: On May 31, the APAS Board Executive will meet with officials from Transport Canada to discuss our ongoing concerns with the proposed Bunge-Viterra merger. I’ll provide an update on the meeting in next week’s email.


4. Free webinar on pesticide drone application: On June 11, from 10:00am-11:00am, Dr. Jason Deveau, Application Technology Specialist at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), will host a free webinar called “The Spray Drone Revolution.” APAS members are invited to join the webinar, so click here to register for this free event.


5. New issue of CFA’s Food for Thought newsletter: On May 30, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) released a new issue of their “Food for Thought” newsletter. This issue explores positive stories about migrant workers in agriculture, discusses agriculture in the Yukon, highlights Food Freedom Day, and examines other agricultural topics. As a proud member of CFA, APAS appreciates all the work CFA does in Ottawa to represent the interests of agricultural producers across Canada. Click here to read CFA’s newsletter from earlier today.


6. Tomorrow is the host farm registration deadline for Saskatchewan Open Farm Days: The deadline to register as a host farm for Saskatchewan Open Farm Days is tomorrow, May 31. This initiative celebrates the richness of our province’s agricultural heritage, and your farm can participate 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.