APAS AGM December 2 – 4, 2014

Agriculture Producers Association of Saskatchewan

AGM

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 http://www.cahrc-ccrha.ca/node/2166

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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP5ABKYDDXQ.

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 (info@apas.ca)

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

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Temporary Foreign Worker Agricultural Labour Recruitment Mission – Mexico

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan is committed to addressing constraints to sustainable growth of the agricultural sector.  The availability of labour has been identified as one of those constraints affecting agricultural producers in Saskatchewan.

The Ministry of the Economy, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, and with the support of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, will facilitate a labour recruitment mission to Mexico in January 2015. This initiative is aimed at supporting the labour needs of Saskatchewan agricultural producers who are experiencing unprecedented temporary labour shortages across the province.

Saskatchewan producers are invited to participate as part of a delegation traveling to Mexico in January 2015 to meet with prospective candidates with agricultural experience to fill immediate vacancies for the 2015 production season.

If you know of an agricultural producer that is unable to source labour to meet their production needs, please feel free to share this invitation with them.  It is important to note that time lines are short in terms of identification of those that might be interested.

Interested producers are asked to contact Saskatchewan Immigration Services for more information no later than November 21, 2014.

Producers requiring more information are asked to contact Saskatchewan Immigration Services:

Richelle Bourgoin

E: richelle.bourgoin@gov.sk.ca

T: 306.787.8153

C: 306.535.7410

Ian Gardner

E: ian.gardner@gov.sk.ca

T: 306.787.9652

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Workshop on Safe Farm Practices

Canadian Farmers with Disabilities Registry (CFWDR)

Presents

Train-the-Trainer Workshop on Safe Farm Practices

December 2, 2014 – Saskatoon, SK

This training is being delivered by the Canadian Farmers with Disability Registry with the support of the FCC Ag Safety Fund administered by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association with funding from Farm Credit Canada.

It is geared toward anyone involved in the agricultural industry that is require to communicate safe farm practices to youth, agricultural workers, volunteers, and the general public. The workshop will provide training on best practices to communicate the message of agricultural safety to different audiences and provide an overview of the basics of safety.  It should be attended by anyone that communicates any messages on agricultural safety with youth, workers, volunteers, and the general public.

 A Workshop are available in Saskatchewan

http://cfwdr.com/

Please visit this link  for location times and tickets

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Agriculture Excellence Conference Winnipeg, November 19-21, 2014

Agriculture Conference Opportunity:

Link to Conference Details

In an increasingly complex and global marketplace, farm managers must be able to access the information, resources and tools to continue to develop their farm business management skills to compete and succeed.

The Excellence Conference is different from other agricultural events in that it:

  • focuses specifically on addressing key farm business management principles using a systematic approach to business management
  • welcomes farmers across regions and production sectors to exchange and gain insight into beneficial management practices
  • welcomes diverse stakeholders, providing learning to those who are positioned to provide services to farmers (government, advisors, academia, organizations, etc.)

The conference will be a 3-day learning event via plenary, concurrent sessions, discussion panels, debate, and a farm/industry tour. The event will provide an opportunity for sharing insights, transferring knowledge and networking among the delegates. Delegates are expected to come from farms, agricultural businesses, government, industry associations, and private industry (i.e. banks, suppliers, etc.).

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Agriculture Excellence Conference Winnipeg, November 19-21, 2014

Agriculture Conference Opportunity:

Link to Conference Details

In an increasingly complex and global marketplace, farm managers must be able to access the information, resources and tools to continue to develop their farm business management skills to compete and succeed.

The Excellence Conference is different from other agricultural events in that it:

  • focuses specifically on addressing key farm business management principles using a systematic approach to business management
  • welcomes farmers across regions and production sectors to exchange and gain insight into beneficial management practices
  • welcomes diverse stakeholders, providing learning to those who are positioned to provide services to farmers (government, advisors, academia, organizations, etc.)

The conference will be a 3-day learning event via plenary, concurrent sessions, discussion panels, debate, and a farm/industry tour. The event will provide an opportunity for sharing insights, transferring knowledge and networking among the delegates. Delegates are expected to come from farms, agricultural businesses, government, industry associations, and private industry (i.e. banks, suppliers, etc.).

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2014 The Assiniboine River Basin Initiative Conference (ARBI) Conference

 

The Assiniboine River Basin Initiative Conference early bird discount has been extended until October 29. 

Due to elections in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, we’ve pushed back the deadline for our early bird discount. Take advantage of the savings by registering by Wednesday, October 29.

 

This conference is the next step toward realizing our goal of establishing an official organization to represent stakeholders within the basin.
The conference begins at 1:00 p.m. on November 12, and ends at 1:00 p.m. on November 14.The 3 day event will feature a number of keynote speakers, panel sessions, and ARBI development sessions. At the banquet on the evening of November 13, the featured speaker will be Greg Johnson of the Tornado Hunters.

 

Click on the links below to register or to view the draft-agenda and get more information.

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Register Now!

If you have any questions about the conference or problems registering, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us by phone at 204-982-4790 or by email at info@prairienetwork.ca.We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Sincerely,

Prairie Improvement Network

info@prairienetwork.ca

204-982-4790

When
Wednesday November 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM CST
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Friday November 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM CST
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Where

Travelodge Hotel & Conference Centre Regina
4177 Albert St. S.
Regina, SK S4S 3R6

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6 Upcoming Meetings Around Saskatchewan

Meeting Agenda Link

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SK Obsolete Pesticide and Livestock /Equine Medication collection -from October 27 – 31, 2014

Farmers can safely dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and livestock/equine medications from October 27 – 31, 2014.

To find more information on collection sites please  click this link.

CleanFARMS, an industry-led, national not-for-profit agricultural waste management organization, in partnership with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) is offering this program, which comes at no charge to farmers, this fall.

“The Canadian Animal Health Institute’s participation in this program is just one part of our industry’s commitment to safely managing animal medications throughout their lifecycle,” said Jean Szkotnicki, President of CAHI.  “Our members are happy to be able to provide Saskatchewan’s livestock and equine community with this service.”

Saskatchewan’s farmers have a long history of good stewardship practices. Since 1998, farmers in Saskatchewan have returned more than 380,000 kilograms of obsolete pesticides. The last time the program was delivered in 2012 more than 60,000 kilograms of product was collected and safely destroyed, which is a testament to Saskatchewan farmers’ commitment to being responsible stewards of the land. This year is the first time in Saskatchewan that livestock and equine medications have been added to the program.

“We are pleased that the previous collections in Saskatchewan have been huge successes,” says Barry Friesen, general manager of CleanFARMS. “The participation of Saskatchewan farmers just goes to show how committed they are to protecting the environment.”

After collection, the pesticides and medications are taken to a licensed waste management facility where they are disposed of through high temperature incineration.

The following locations will be accepting obsolete pesticides and livestock/equine medications from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the dates specified:

Monday, October 27, 2014

  • Cargill in Congress, 306-642-4956
  • Richardson Pioneer in Davidson, 306-567-4778
  • Blair’s Family of Companies in McLean, 306-699-2822
  • Wynard Coop Agro in Wynard, 306-554-3644

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Richardson Pioneer in Lampman, 306-487-3121
  • Richardson Pioneer in Canora, 306-563-5177
  • Hillcrest Enterprises Ltd. In Coronach, 306-267-6110
  • Richardson Pioneer in Kindersley, 306-463-3399

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • Top Notch Farm Supply Inc. in Fillmore, 306-722-3200
  • Richardson Pioneer in Maple Creek, 306-662-2420
  • Sharpe’s Soil Services Ltd. In Moosomin, 306-435-3319
  • Crop Production Services in Shaunavon, 306-297-4121

Thursday, October 30, 2014

  • Ren Gro Fertilizer Ltd. In Milestone, 306-436-4330
  • Crop Production Services in Oxbow, 306-483-2908
  • Blair’s Family of Companies in Strongfield, 306-857-2225
  • Richardson Pioneer in Swift Current, 306-778-1616

Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Innova Ag Solutions Inc. in Central Butte, 306-796-2102
  • Future Four Agro Inc. in Macoun, 306-634-9320
  • Prairie Plains Ago Ltd. In Moose Jaw, 306-692-1661
  • Crop Protection Services in Regina, 306-757-3501

The obsolete pesticide and livestock/equine medication collection program is a national program that comes to each province on a three-year rotating basis. In between collections periods, farmers are asked to safely store their unwanted pesticides and livestock medications until they can properly dispose of them through the program.

 

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