Please find the link below which will be required to register ahead of time. I wanted to bring your attention to some of Wednesday’s sessions and therefore have attached the agenda for the entire meeting.  

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CFA’s Annual Meeting

Election 2015: Prioritizing Our Food System


Meeting Updates

  • We’re pleased to be able to announce that Hon. Thomas Mulcair, Leader of the Official Opposition, will provide remarks during CFA’s Annual Meeting in the morning of Feb. 25. The latest agenda for the meeting can be viewed here.
  • Don’t forget that the CFA Annual Meeting has its own website where all the information and documents will be housed – click here to browse the site. There is a secured section for CFA members only. Scroll over the tab “More”, and click on “CFA Members”. The password was sent to members by email last week.

The meeting will be webcasted. You must register for the webcast in advance. Please register here.

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APAS Calls for New Approach to PFRA Pasture Transition

News Release – APAS Calls for New Approach to PFRA Pasture Transition February 2015

















PFRA Pasture Transition Study Final Report 


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The Real Dirt on Farming – Resource

Less than 2% of Canadians are farmers.  If you are trying to explain farming to the other 98% of Canadians, this may be a useful resource.  If you are interested in natural hormones in animals, farmers share of the food dollar, dairy industry employment numbers or grass-fed or grain-fed beef, this resource will provide the answers. PDF Link

Published in 2014 by the Farm & Food Care Foundation

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December 2014 APAS in Action

Please find the latest APAS in Action for December  2014

APAS in Action – Print version December 2014

Click on the link to view the December Web Version - please feel free to subscribe

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CoCoRaHS – Canada (Saskatchewan) is hosting a series of information and training seminars in Saskatchewan from December 16-20, 2014 to recruit and train ‘citizen scientists” from across the province.

“CoCoRaHS” (which stands for “Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network”) is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation across Canada. By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive website, CoCoRaHS provides the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications. CoCoRaHS operates in every State in the U.S. and in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan and soon in the NTW.

Seminars are scheduled across the province from December 16-20, 2014 to assist and support current volunteers and to encourage and provide additional information to those interested in joining this unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteer weather watchers.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 10:30 am – noon Moose Jaw Public Library Moose Jaw, SK

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Days Inn Swift Current , SK

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Saskatoon Public Library Cliff Wright Branch Saskatoon, SK

Thursday, December 18, 2014 1:00 pm -2:30 pm Tisdale RecPlex Tisdale, SK

Saturday, December 20, 2014 12:00 pm -1:30 pm Regina Public Library George Bothwell Branch (Southland Mall) Regina, Sk

The CoCoRaHS Canada network began in Manitoba in December 2011 following a massive flood experienced in Manitoba and parts of Saskatchewan. CoCoRaHS Canada currently has over 500 volunteer ‘Citizen Scientists’ and expects to be country-wide in the coming years.

Precipitation measurements are essential for public safety, agriculture, forestry, and flood monitoring, just to name a few. CoCoRaHS Canada data is used by a wide variety of organizations and individuals. Meteorologists, hydrologists, emergency managers, city utilities (water supply, water conservation, storm water), insurance adjusters, engineers, mosquito control, farmers, outdoor enthusiasts, teachers, students, and neighbors in the community are just some examples of those who use the data. In fact, in 2011, Manitoba and parts of Saskatchewan experienced the worst flooding in over 300 years resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to homes, farmland, and infrastructure. Engineers that predict and monitor flooding need accurate rainfall and snowfall data to assist them in their decision making when responding to these types of emergencies. Anyone in Canada can be part of the solution by becoming a CoCoRaHS volunteer.

The data is displayed and organized for many of our end-users to analyze and apply to daily situations ranging from water resource analysis and severe storm warnings to neighbours or schools comparing how much rain fell in their backyards or school grounds. For additional information on the training seminar locations in your area or to learn how you can join CoCoRaHS, visit or contact the Saskatchewan CoCoRaHS Coordinator.

Aj Thakker CoCoRaHS Canada – Saskatchewan Coordinator 306-552-6976

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CTA Joint Producer Group Submission Dec 2014

A coalition of Saskatchewan farm groups is calling for major changes to the Canada Transportation Act (CTA) that would heighten competition, increase transparency and ensure producers have a voice in the grain transportation system.

The coalition – representing the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Wheat and Barley Development Commissions and Sask Pulse – issued its recommendations Tuesday to the CTA review panel. Leader Post Article link.

Submission by Joint Producer Group

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APAS in Action November 2014

APAS In Actions

Please find the latest APAS in Action for November  2014

APAS in Action – print version November 2014

Click on the link to view the November Web Version  - please feel free to subscribe


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APAS AGM December 2 – 4, 2014

Agriculture Producers Association of Saskatchewan


December 2 – 4th, 2014

Mosaic Place – Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Draft Agenda AGM 

Guest Member Registration Form

We invite you to attend the 2014 APAS AGM, taking place in Moose Jaw, SK, from December 2nd to 4th, 2014. The 2014 AGM will be exploring a slate of hot topics and notable speakers, including:

  • Panel Presentation on Water Governance, Planning and Flood Mitigation Strategies for Saskatchewan agriculture
  • Prairie Farm Leaders Panel – moderated discussion (APAS, KAP, AFA, BCAC)
  • Ron Bonnett, President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture
  • Grain Transportation Policy – Murad Al-Katib, Special Advisor to the Canadian Transportation Act Review Panel
  • And much more….
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Survey: Have your say! Be counted & be heard! Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council

The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) has launched a Labour Market Information (LMI) research survey to examine Canada’s agricultural workforce from every commodity and region.

With this in mind, we invite you  to complete the online survey at

By taking time to do the survey, farmers will ensure their operational labour needs are included in this important work that will assist government and educators to develop policies and programs to meet future farm labour requirements.

Backgrounder on the survey

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APAS – CIGI Combine to Customer

This course cannot be missed!

APAS has 10 spots in January, February and March (30 total seats).

Costs are minimal.  A great way to expand your professional network.  Learn from first-hand experts about the future of the grain industry.

Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI) is planning three short programs for western Canadian grain.

CIGI Combine to Customer Program dates

  •  January 19 – 21, 2015 (Opening dinner Jan. 18 @ 6:00 p.m., closing lunch @ 12:30 p.m. Jan. 21)
  •  February 9 – 11, 2015 (Opening dinner Feb. 8 @ 6:00 p.m., closing lunch @ 12:30 p.m. Feb. 11)
  •  March 23 – 25, 2015 (Opening dinner Mar. 22 @ 6:00 p.m., closing lunch @ 12:30 p.m. Mar. 25)

The program will include a number of senior level speakers who will provide insight into where the grain industry is heading and what needs to be done to stay competitive and meet the ever-changing requirements of domestic and international grain buyers. Producers who participated in these programs in 2014 provided very positive feedback about the experience and the knowledge gained through this opportunity.  To learn more about the Combine to Customer Program, please view the video at the following link:

The draft agenda for these programs can be found at the following link.

CIGI will pay all costs for each participant attending a Combine to Customer program (flights, hotels, meals, airport transfers).  CIGI will also coordinate all travel and other arrangements. Each program can accommodated 30 producers.  CIGI asked all participants to register by the end of December.

CIGI is prepared to accept 10 participants for each program from APAS. 

Please advise APAS office if you plan on attending.  Acceptance to the program will on first come, first served basis. 

Information required, by APAS, from each nominee includes:

·         Name:
·         Mailing address:
·         Title: if part of the organization/group
·         Email address: critical to ensure CIGI can send you a registration link.

CIGI will send them a registration link and make all other arrangements. Participants should be active farmers.  Any farmers taking on the leadership roles in their respective organizations and other commodity groups will benefit immensely from this program.

For more information please contact APAS’ office by phone (306-789-7774) or email (

Don’t delay.  A great opportunity that should not be missed!

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