Sunday, March 18, 2018

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

Little Brown Bat
Swift Fox

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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 Forage Programs and Funding Opportunities

The Alus Saskatchewan Assiniboine Project is offering payment for producers to convert marginal land to forages, conserve wetlands and sloughs, conserve native plants, and to install hen houses or bat boxes within the Assiniboine River Watershed.

To learn more, click here or go to the Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association website.

Ducks Unlimited Canada has teamed up with Crop Production Services to offer incentives to producers in targeted areas.  To learn more about this program click here.

Ducks Unlimited also offers a Marginal Areas Program aimed at grain producers to seed fragments of cultivation into forage and a Forages in Rotation program for landowners wishing to add forages as part of an annual cropping rotation. Contact DU for more info.


A Special Thank You to Saskatchewan Forage Council Sponsors



new holland



Brett Young

Union Forage  



Ducks Unlimited Northstar
Pickseed SeCan
SaskMilk SCIC


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