Saturday, June 23, 2018

America's Great Plains Lost More Habitat in 2014 than the Brazilian Amazon

WWF Report, November 2016

In 2014 the Great Plains lost more acres of grasslands than the Brazilian Amazon lost to deforestation, according to a new report from World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Fifty three million acres of America’s Great Plains have been lost since 2009, threatening important and iconic species like grasslands songbirds, the monarch butterfly, and native bumble bees.

“America’s Great Plains are being plowed under at an alarming rate,” said Martha Kauffman, WWF’s managing director of the Northern Great Plains program. “Centuries old, critical prairie habitat that’s home to amazing wildlife and strong ranching and tribal communities is rapidly being converted to cropland and most people don’t even realize it.”

Read the full article here. View the 2016 Plowprint Report here. This document provides information on grassland conversion to croplands and is intended to broaden public awareness of grasslands loss.

Posted October 2, 2017


 

In need of hay?

Hay is in short supply in some parts of Saskatchewan, and you may be wondering how to connect with producers who have hay for sale. As of March 31, 2017, Saskatchewan Agriculture has discontinued the Forage, Feed and Custom Services Listing site. While more traditional methods such as the local paper or word of mouth might still work, consider looking to one of the other online resources for hay sales:

Kijiji  tends to have many listings of hay and other feeds for sale, as well as buyers looking for hay

Internet Hay Exchange has listings in Canada and the US

Facebook has a Hay/Feed for Sale in Saskatchewan & Manitoba page that you may want to join.

Alberta Agriculture has Hay, Straw and Pasture listings at:https://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/app68/hay, as well as advice on fraud awareness when purchasing feed

The Manitoba Hay Listing Service from Manitoba Agriculture has a search feature so you can locate feed close to your area.

When searching for hay, be aware that there is no standard way that hay for sale is listed. It may be in short tons or metric tonnes, cents per pound or often by the bale. Be sure to ask what the bale weights are, and to ask for feed analysis to be sure the hay you buy will meet the needs of you livestock.

For a more comprehensive look at hay trends and pricing in our province, check out the SFC's semi-annual Forage Market Reports


 

 

Research Scientist – Forage Perennial Plant Breeder

A job advertisement has been posted for a Research Scientist – Forage Perennial Plant Breeder for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Science and Technology Branch in Swift Current (Saskatchewan) with a closing date of October 2, 2017.  To learn more about this position, click here.


 

Operation Pollinator

Operation Pollinator is a Syngenta program focused on research and partnerships to promote the health and well-being of bees and other pollinators. Launched in Western Canada’s farming community in 2017, participating producers agree to seed plots of up to two acres of usually underutilized or lower productivity land to long-term habitat for wild pollinators. 

In return for committing this land to the project, farmers receive high-quality pollinator-friendly wildflower seed for their plots, agronomic advice and some financial support from the program to help offset establishment costs.

There are still a limited number of spots available for producers to participate! Please contact the SSCA Office Manager, Gerry Burgess, at 306-371-4231 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information and to register.

Updated Jan 10, 2018


 

A Special Thank You to Saskatchewan Forage Council Sponsors

 

Gold

NH Agr 3D

 

Silver

BrettYoung logo NEW

Union Forage  
Abbey Resources Corp
ProvenSeed 2Colour small
Boehringer logo

 

Bronze

Ducks Unlimited Northstar
Pickseed SeCan
Ponderosa Ag Sales SCIC
   

 

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

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