Assistance for Unseeded Acres Appreciated

The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) welcomes today’s announcements, made by Provincial Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud and Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Gerry Ritz, of financial support for producers with unseeded acres and seeded acres lost due to excess moisture. SARM is also pleased with the Province’s announced financial support for livestock producers who have had to purchase additional feed and for Intensive Livestock Operations (ILO) damaged as a result of this year’s extreme weather conditions.

“We are very appreciative of these announcements,” said SARM President David Marit. “The support for crop and livestock producers, as well as ILO operators, will help assist them to recover from yet another year of unnaturally wet conditions.”

There are an estimated eight million acres of unseeded, or seeded and subsequently flooded out, land in the province. Some producers have very few acres in the ground because of the higher than normal water levels. For some producers this is the second year in a row that they have experienced these conditions.

“The unusual amount of flooding in many areas of the province has had a devastating effect on agricultural production,” said President Marit. “We appreciate the commitment of the Provincial and Federal Governments to Saskatchewan producers.”

“SARM, the Voice of Rural Saskatchewan”

For more information contact:

David Marit                                                            Dale Harvey
President                                                              Executive Director
(306) 476-7754                                                    (306) 761-3721