SARM to Assess Agriculture Programs’ Response to Drought Conditions

For Immediate Release

SARM to Assess Agriculture Programs’ Response to Drought Conditions

Moisture conditions will soon be a bigger issue than expected according to the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Drought Monitor and the Ministry of Agriculture’s most recent Crop Report.

According to Canada’s Drought Monitor, a significant portion of southern Saskatchewan is experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions with drier than normal conditions being felt through the central part of the province.

“It is times like these that agriculture producers benefit from provincial and federal programs that lessen the impacts of Saskatchewan’s unpredictable weather conditions,” said SARM President Ray Orb.

The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) has initiated an assessment of the available federal and provincial agriculture programming in response to these weather conditions. SARM’s Agriculture Committee will be working with other provincial agriculture associations to assist in the assessment of AgriStability, AgriRecovery, AgriInvest, and other agriculture programs.

 “We will continue our conversations with all stakeholders to stay on top of the challenges rural Saskatchewan faces as we understand a poor growing season impacts both crop cultivation and livestock; we need programs that meet the needs of our producers,” concluded President Orb.

SARM will be meeting with the Minister of Agriculture to discuss existing agriculture programs and is planning to meet with the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food at our upcoming lobby trip in October.

For more information please contact:Jay MeyerExecutive Director(306) 761-3721