SARM Welcomes Growing Forward Agreement

Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) welcomes today’s signing of the Growing Forward bilateral and contribution agreements by the provincial and federal Ministers of Agriculture.  The agreement calls for $216 million in non-Business Risk Management programming over the next four years. 

“The signing of this agreement means that valued programs for producers will be continued and expanded,” said SARM President David Marit.   

One of these programs is the Farm and Ranch Infrastructure Water Program.  Started in 2008 by the province to address drought caused water shortages in the southwest part of the province, the program, with federal participation, will now be available province wide. 

“The Farm and Ranch Infrastructure Water Program worked great for producers last year,” said President David Marit.  “We are pleased that the program has been extended and expanded to include the whole province.” 

The agreement also means that Environmental Farm Planning will continue and Farm Business Programming will be implemented to assist producers with business decision making. 

“Continuation of the Environmental Farm Planning will allow many producers to continue the Environmental Farm Plans they have started and allow more producers to participate,” said President Marit.  “We are pleased that the provincial and federal governments are working together for the benefit of producers.”