Improvements to the Advance Payments Program – How the changes for 2015 will affect you

Please find link to the changes for the Advance Payment Program for 2015 from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

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APAS Views Railways Performance as Inadequate

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) is disappointed that the Federal Government has chosen to not renew and strengthen the Order in Council (OIC) regarding minimum grain movement by Canada’s two primary railways.

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Advance Payments Program – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The Advance Payments Program (APP) of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada provides producers with cash advances on eligible commodities. These advances provide producers with improved cash flow, therefore increasing the flexibility producers have in marketing their products.  Producers can access up to $400,000 in advances, of which the first $100,000 is interest-free and the remaining $300,000 is interest-bearing. The amount of the advance reflects up to 50% of the expected market value of the agricultural product, and must be repaid upon sale of the commodity or at the end of the production period, whichever comes first.

While approximately 25,000 farmers across Canada participate in the Advance Payment Program, there are a significant number of farmers that have not participated in the program and have not obtained an interest-free loan.  The Advance Payment Program is currently being evaluated by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and one evaluation goal is to find out why more Canadian farmers do not participate in the APP.  Consequently, if you have not received an APP interest-free loan, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada would like to know why as well as what changes to APP would increase participation by producers. Your feedback is very important to ensure that the APP benefits as many producers as possible. To provide your feedback, you can either:

**Please only open the link if you plan on taking the survey**

             Use this link to access a secure Ference & Company website where you can provide your feedback that is kept confidential

             Contact Don Ference, President, Ference Weicker & Company via email ( or telephone (604-688-2424 (extension 304).

Thank you for your participation.

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APAS in Action for March 2015

Please find the latest APAS in Action for March 2015

APAS in Action – Print version March 2015

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

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APAS Year in Review 2014

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APAS’ Year  in Review  2014 –  fresh off the press.

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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

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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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