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APAS Update

1. June 21 is the deadline to register for APAS District meetings in July: Some dates and locations for the upcoming APAS District meetings in July were recently changed. A new registration survey was sent to all APAS Representatives on June 14. If you haven’t completed the registration survey yet, click here to fill it out before June 21.


District 1 – July 9 from 10:30am-2:30pm in Odessa (Odessa Community Hall)

District 2 – July 10 from 10:00am-2:00 in Mossbank (Bent Nail)

District 3 – July 11 from 10:30am-2:30pm in Swift Current (Elmwood Golf Club)

District 4 – July 4 from 10:30am-2:30pm in Stenen (Rawhides)

District 5 – July 3 from 9:00am-10:30am (Zoom)

District 6 – July 10 from 10:30am-2:30pm in North Battleford (Porta Bella)


2. APAS letter to Senator Black about Senate soil health study: On June 14, APAS sent a letter to Senator Robert Black, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, to congratulate his Committee on their extensive study of soil health in Canada. The Committee’s report, “Critical Ground: Why Soil is Essential to Canada’s Economic, Environmental, Human, and Social Health,” contains important recommendations to improve the resilience and productivity of Canadian agriculture. Click here to read our letter to Senator Black, and click here to read the Senate Agriculture Committee’s full report.


3. APAS Directors met with MP Kody Blois: On June 17, the APAS Board Executive met with MP Kody Blois, Chair of the House of Commons Agriculture Committee. They talked about the federal government’s new capital gains rules, the Bunge-Viterra merger, our 2024 Farmers and Food Prices report, and the railroad carbon surcharge.


4. APAS attended RM of Enniskillen fundraiser in Oxbow: On June 15, APAS spoke at the RM of Enniskillen’s Emergency Services Fundraiser Dinner in Oxbow. There was a huge crowd in the Oxbow rink, and it was great to see SARM and other organizations there. Click here to see a photo from the event.


5. APAS Directors met with the SARM Board of Directors: On June 20, the APAS Board Executive met with the SARM Board of Directors in Regina. Each organization shared updates on their respective projects, and discussed policy issues we could collaborate on.


6. APAS launched its new 2024 Farmers and Food Prices report: On June 12, APAS launched its new 2024 Farmers and Food Prices report, which is an updated version of our 2023 report. This year’s update highlights a concerning trend, which is farmers receiving lower prices for their commodities while consumers keep paying higher prices at grocery stores. This discrepancy raises the important question of why food retail prices are still increasing. Click here to read our new 2024 report.