News Release - September 21, 2000
PUBLIC INPUT URGED ON NEW AG PROGRAM
The province is asking the people of the province for their ideas into
designing the new Saskatchewan Conservation Cover Program.
It is intended to help producers convert land they normally plant crops on to
cover crops for livestock to feed on, or other uses. The program was announced
in this year's budget and should be up and running by next spring.
"We are consulting with stakeholders to help design the new program in order to
ensure it meets the needs of producers and addresses provincial environmental
and economic objectives," Agriculture and Food Minister Clay Serby said.
A discussion paper outlining issues, options and proposed program goals and a
questionnaire seeking input on the program's design, is being sent to
agricultural organizations in the province. Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food
hopes to hear back from these groups by October 31st.
People wanting to take part in the consultation process can get the discussion
paper and questionnaire from their local rural service centre, by phoning 306-
787-5950 or by down loading the material from the Saskatchewan Agriculture and
Food Internet site: www.agr.gov.sk.ca.
Serby said the advice from the public will help Saskatchewan develop an
effective program that has a positive, lasting effect on soil and water
resources, complies with international trading agreements and complements other
For more information, contact:
Policy and Program Development Branch
Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food
Phone: (306) 787-6586