Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Species at Risk Farm Program

Simply Ag Solutions is excited to be offering a new farm program in Saskatchewan!
The Saskatchewan Species at Risk Farm Program
The goal of this program is to:
• Work with agricultural producers across the province to protect and enhance species at risk and their critical habitats.
• Increase awareness to Saskatchewan Species at Risk and what we can do to ensure these species continue to survive and thrive in their critical habitats.
• Provide producers access to funding through the Saskatchewan Species at Risk Stewardship Program.

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Posted March 26, 2017


 

Saskatchewan Species at Risk Farm Program

Simply Ag Solutions is excited to be offering a new farm program in Saskatchewan!
The Saskatchewan Species at Risk Farm Program
The goal of this program is to:
• Work with agricultural producers across the province to protect and enhance species at risk and their critical habitats.
• Increase awareness to Saskatchewan Species at Risk and what we can do to ensure these species continue to survive and thrive in their critical habitats.
• Provide producers access to funding through the Saskatchewan Species at Risk Stewardship Program.

The following species are the main focus of The Saskatchewan Species at Risk Farm Program:
Upland Birds
Burrowing Owl
Chestnut-Collared Longspur
Common Nighthawk
Ferruginous Hawk
Greater Sage Grouse
Loggerhead Shrike
McCown's Longspur
Short-eared Owl
Sprague's Pipit

Wetland Birds
Long-billed Curlew
Piping Plover

Mammals
Little Brown Bat
Swift Fox

Amphibian
Northern Leopard Frog

Why Would I Want To Participate?
• You will gain an understanding of what species at risk are, what habitats they require and why they are a valuable asset to your farm. You will be provided with information to help assess suitable habitat and potential species at risk and learn about Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) specific to each species. You will also be provided with an opportunity to complete a Species at Risk Action Plan specific to your farm/ranch.
• You will be eligible to apply for funding through the Saskatchewan Species at Risk Stewardship Program. Successful applicants will receive 100% of funding to cover costs of implementing the BMPs.
Added Benefits include:
Maintain prairie biodiversity - plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, micro-organisms and amphibians all contribute to a healthy functioning ecosystem.
Help with pest control. Many species at risk consume large quantities of mosquitoes and grasshoppers.
How Do I Become Involved?

Attend a free workshop where you will be provided with a Saskatchewan Species at Risk Farm Program workbook, aerial images of your farm/ranch and an opportunity to complete a farm self-assessment and action plan. Your Action Plan will include Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) implementation. All information will remain confidential.
Upcoming Workshops

Maple Creek – Mar 27
Val Marie – Mar 29
Edenwold – Mar 27
Carnduff – Apr 12
Saskatoon Area – April 2017

For more information please contact:
Tracy Hansen
Saskatchewan Species at Risk Farm Program Coordinator
306-955-5477 ext 205
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Hay Harvest Challenge Winners Announced!

The winners of the Hay Harvest Challenge were recently announced! Congratulations to the following producers who each won a $250 gift certificate to Central Testing Laboratory:


• Val and Rod Petrie, Tessier, SK
• Ray Rintoul, Simpson, SK
• Glenn Goodsman, Stalwart, SK
• Leonard Benfield, Springside, SK


Winner of the $1000 Peavey Mart gift certificate was Meggan Laidler, Frenchman Butte, SK!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this challenge emphasizing the importance of growing and harvesting high quality forage and the importance of feed testing. For more information about having your forages tested and interpreting feed test results, contact your Saskatchewan Agriculture Regional Forage Specialist or the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377.  


 

Bridging the Gap Program - Young Farmer Portion

The Bridging the Gap: Step Up to Succession program seeks to help bridge the gap between generations of farmers to provide Canada's future farmers with the best chance for success. The concept originates from the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture's Bridging the Gap workshops held in 2011 and 2013. Now, with their blessing, FMC has the opportunity to incorporate these concepts into the national Step Up to Succession program.
Young farmers participating in the program will have a chance to be selected to participate in a Successor Development program, taking part in key industry events dedicated to farm business management and more importantly, taking over the farm.

Selected applicants will be required to attend:
- International Farm Management Congress July 2-7 2017 Edinburgh, Scotland
- Agricultural Excellence Conference Nov. 21-23 2017 Ottawa, Ontario
- And their choice of one of the following:
- Canadian Young Farmers' Forum National Conference February 2018
- Canada's Outstanding Young Farmers National Event December 2017

Young farmers will learn valuable skills and information to take back to the family farm, and to parents who, through participation in the Bridging the Gap program, will be receptive to positive conversations and actions towards securing the future of farming in Canada. Throughout their journey, young farmers will be accompanied by a business coach to help answer any questions, concerns and derive practical takeaways from the experience.

To learn more about the program, eligibility or to apply (prior to March 31 deadline), visit: http://www.fmc-gac.com/content/bridging-gap-step-succession-apply

Posted March 20, 2017


 

A Special Thank You to Saskatchewan Forage Council Sponsors

 

Gold

new holland

 

Silver

Brett Young

CPS
Speedrite  Union Forage

 

Bronze

Ducks Unlimited Northstar
Pickseed Ponderosa
SaskMilk SCIC
SeCan

 

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

SCA