Saturday, July 11, 2020

Our People

Sask Forage Council is built on people. They come from ranches and farms, from government, academia and industry. Meet some of our team and see for yourself the experience and expertise that is so valuable to our organizational success.

SFC Board Chair Tamara Carter is featured in: The evolving role of women in agriculture, by Lee Hart, Grainews, posted February 20, 2019 (excerpt below:)

Tamara Carter urges farmwomen to be true to themselves. Know your strengths and then have the patience and persistence to pursue your goals. Have the confidence to sometimes step outside of your comfort zone and go for it.

Those are some of the qualities Carter applied herself over a 25-year career of learning the agriculture business in southern Saskatchewan.

Read more in the Grainews publication

Laura Hoimyr is editor of the SFC's eNews and Hay & Pasture Report. Read about her work on the family farm in: Grass-fed and grass-finished beef growing on Saskatchewan producers, by Jenn Sharp, CBC News, posted February 17, 2019 (excerpt below:)

At Box H Farm, the Hoimyr family — Mark, Laura and their two children — works with nature to raise healthy livestock while keeping the land just as nourished.

After studying soil health and cattle's positive effect on grasslands in a rotational grazing system, the Hoimyrs changed the way they were raising their animals.

Read more in CBC's Prairie Palate

Posted March 11, 2019



2019 Enhancements made to Saskatchewan Crop Insurance

Kim McLean, PhD, PAg

2018 was a reminder that weather is one variable out of the hands of livestock and forage producers. Forage production relies on early spring moisture to keep livestock on pastures longer and ensure adequate winter feeds. 2018 saw close to 10.5 million in indemnities paid out due to a lack of moisture on the Forage Rainfall Insurance Program (FRIP) alone. Producers were faced with many business decisions due to this shortage in feed production.

Recognizing the importance of business risk management for livestock and forage producers, SCIC works closely with producer associations to enhance existing programs. Much of the work focused on comments from producers and resolutions brought forward at various meetings regarding the weather station network and coverage levels available for the Forage Rainfall Insurance Program (FRIP).

For the 2019 growing season, SCIC is pleased to offer 55 additional weather stations for Saskatchewan producers. This expands the existing network of 131 stations to 186 distributed throughout the province. Nearly all agricultural land in the province will be located within 30 kilometers of a station compared to the previous 40 kilometers. These stations are highly monitored and maintained plus, provide the highest quality data. Producers can select whatever weather station they believe best represents their growing conditions, if the station falls within 100 kilometers of the land to be insured.

Read the full article here

Posted March 1, 2019


Saskatchewan Pasture Tour 2019

Don't miss the 2019 Saskatchewan Pasture Tour!

This year's tour will be held in the Saskatoon area on August 8, 2019. Topics will include perennial forage establishment, invasive species, CAP programs & forage insurance, rational grazing, and much more. Stay tuned for more details.


Saskatchewan Forage Council Welcomes New Executive Director

Saskatchewan Forage Council Media Advisory

For Immediate Release January 22, 2019

The Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) is pleased to announce that Shannon McArton has assumed the role of Executive Director, effective immediately.

Shannon brings a strong agricultural background and extensive administrative and project management experience to the role. Her work in both the grain and livestock sectors has included communications, project and quality systems management. Shannon is a quality systems auditor in the pedigreed seed industry, and her experience with organizations such as Canadian Western Agribition, the Western Beef Development Centre and the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference network have allowed her to build strong networks in the beef and forage industries. She and her husband operate a grain farm near Dilke, Saskatchewan.

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The SFC also gratefully acknowledges funding for…
Facilitating Forage Initiatives in Saskatchewan’ project through the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Industry Development Fund (SCAIDF)