SARM Welcomes AgriInnovation, AgriMarketing and AgriCompetitiveness

On December 7th, 2012, the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Federal Minister of Agriculture, announced three new National Growing Forward 2 (GF2) programs that will encourage agricultural innovation, improve competitiveness and help to develop new and existing markets for Canadian agricultural producers.

SARM President David Marit is very encouraged by these new programs, which include the AgriInnovation Program, the AgriMarketing Program and the AgriCompetitiveness Program, because of their potential benefits for Saskatchewan agricultural producers.

“The Province of Saskatchewan houses 40 per cent of Canada’s farmland totaling more than 60 million acres in Canada,” said President Marit. “SARM believes that in order for Saskatchewan producers to remain competitive in the world agriculture market, leading-edge research, innovation and market access are imperative. Especially in our livestock industry; there is a great need for more innovation.”

“The investments made by the federal government through programs such as these benefit all of Canada as they help producers to generate GDP and to create jobs for Canadians,” Marit continued. “SARM is therefore happy to see the continued government commitment to Canadian agriculture.”

SARM looks forward to continuing to provide feedback regarding GF2 programs in the future in order to ensure that they are meeting the needs of Canada’s agriculture producers.

For more information contact:

David Marit                    Dale Harvey
President                       Executive Director
(306) 476-7754              (306) 535-7343

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