Saturday, June 23, 2018

Flexibility and Options for Producers Dealing with Dry Conditions

Government of Saskatchewan, Released on July 2, 2015 

Today Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced additional measures and adjustments to programming to help address the dry conditions across the province.

“The hallmark of our government is delivering programming that is flexible and able to meet the needs of producers,” Ritz said. “This extension gives producers an additional tool to make the decisions that best suit their individual operations."  
"The lack of moisture through the spring and so far this growing season has severely reduced the hay and forage crops in many parts of the province,” Stewart said.  “By being flexible with existing programs, we are hoping to help producers source the feed they need for their livestock.”

Through the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Program, the deadline for seeding crops for greenfeed has been extended from June 30 to July 15.  Producers who have Crop Insurance will now be able to seed and insure any cereal greenfeed crop.

If a Crop Insurance customer wants to use their annual crop acres for livestock grazing or for feed they can contact their local Crop Insurance office.

Crop Insurance customers also have coverage should their annual crops suffer from the dry conditions.  The producer can register a pre-harvest claim if they do not want to carry the crop through to harvest.  If the producer takes their crop to harvest, but it has a reduced yield, they can file a post-harvest claim.  Producers concerned about the dry conditions should contact their local Crop Insurance office to review the options available for claims, compensation and the requirements for the options they choose.

The AgriStability Program also provides an option for producers looking to access a portion of their benefit early.  Through the interim benefit, producers enrolled in AgriStability can get 50 per cent of their estimated final benefit.

The Ministry of Agriculture continues to examine options for producers dealing with the dry conditions.  While the Saskatchewan Pastures Program is at capacity, the Ministry has requested that other organizations consider opening any conservation lands for grazing or salvaging of forage.  In addition, the Ministry will now allow sub-leasing of Crown lease land.  Crown land lessees with excess grazing or hay resources may now receive permission by contacting their local Agriculture Regional Office.

Producers are also encouraged to access the feed grain and forage listing service as a way to connect buyers and sellers of feed grains, forages and other agricultural-related services through a free listing service.

For more information, contact:

Denise Dobko
Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation
Melville
Phone: 306-728-7434
Email:

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa
Phone: 613-773-7972

Posted July 12, 2015


Saskatchewan Forage Council Welcomes New Executive Director

The Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Leanna Rousell as their new Executive Director.
Leanna Rousell comes to the SFC having experience working with producer associations tied to the livestock industry including the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency and the WHLZ project as well as administrative experience at Saskatoon Livestock Sales. Leanna is looking forward to taking over this role following the resignation of former Executive Director, Leanne Thompson.
 
Rousell is excited about this new position and remarks “As a forage and livestock producer myself, I appreciate the work done by this organization in the past on extension and communication of forage related issues and hope to carry on this tradition as I take over the Executive Director role.”
 
Saskatchewan Forage Council President, Kelly Williamson says, “The Board looks forward to working with Leanna. She has a keen interest in the forage industry and we look forward to her new perspective on projects and direction for the organization. At this time we would also like to thank Leanne Thompson for her work with the SFC. Many of our successes and advancements in the industry are in large part due to her efforts.”

Leanna will be operating the Saskatchewan Forage Council from her home office located near Asquith, SK. Please note that contact information for the Saskatchewan Forage Council including mailing address, phone and fax numbers are changed effective immediately.

For more information, please contact:
Leanna Rousell, Executive Director
Saskatchewan Forage Council
Ph/Fx 306.329.3116
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Kelly Williamson, President
Saskatchewan Forage Council
Ph 306.582.7774
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Posted May 1, 2015  


Selecting Forage Insurance with Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation

The Forage Insurance Program offered through Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) is for producers who rely on forage for seed, sale or feed. There are a number of crops insurable under this program including tame hay, dehydrated alfalfa, sweetclover and greenfeed. Additional choices such as Establishment Benefit, Forage Diversification and a Timothy Hay option are also made available under this program.

SCIC provides coverage choices to help build custom-fit insurance for any farm. Producers can customize their forage insurance to their operation by selecting low, base, variable or in-season price options. The variable and in-season price options can help producers manage price fluctuations that occur throughout and after the growing season.   Producers can choose from a wide range of coverage level options available. These options include 50, 60, 70 and 80 per cent.

 Regardless of your operation, SCIC has several options that meet your forage insurance needs.  Alfalfa seed may be insured under a specific yield-loss option available through SCIC’s Multi-Peril Program. Red Clover, rye grass, millet and other forage seed crops are eligible for coverage through the Diversification Option.

 If you would like more information about forage insurance, visit a Saskatchewan Crop Insurance office or saskcropinsurance.com. The deadline to sign up, renew or cancel forage insurance is March 31, 2015.

To view the full article, including 2015 insured prices and forage insurance program option, click here.

Posted March 17, 2015


Governments Announce $3.8 Million for Livestock and Forage Research

January 21, 2015 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Today Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced nearly $3.8 million in funding for 30 livestock and forage research projects. Funding is provided through the province's Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).

Some of the projects to receiving funding include research to improve cow and calf performance through diet, develop new forage lines to extend the spring grazing season and investigate options for recycling baler twine and net wrap. Three projects will look at controlling Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED), a virus that does not pose a risk to human health or food safety but can cause significant death in pig herds.

Third party support contributes additional funds to many of these ADF projects, with several industry partner organizations committing an amount totalling nearly $1.2 million. Co-funding groups include Western Grains Research Foundation, SaskMilk and Sask Pork, among others.

To read the complete Government of Canada News Release, click here .

February 4, 2015


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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