News Release - January 22, 2010
GOPHER CONTROL REBATE DEADLINE APPROACHING
Saskatchewan also approved for emergency registration of strychnine in 2010
Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud reminds producers the deadline for applications under the 2009 Gopher Control Rebate is January 29, 2010.
Producers and Rural Municipalities (RMs) can receive a 50 per cent rebate on eligible gopher control products purchased and used between August 1, 2007 and October 1, 2009.
"Gophers continue to be a serious issue affecting the bottom line of farmers and ranchers in Saskatchewan," Bjornerud said. "This rebate is intended to help ease the financial pressures producers are facing when dealing with this problem."
In addition, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has approved the provincial government's application to extend the emergency registration of strychnine to July 31, 2010.
"I want to thank the PMRA and the federal government for recognizing the need for strychnine in Saskatchewan," Bjornerud said. "This is a valuable tool for producers to help cope with the devastating effects of gophers."
There are 203 RMs currently eligible to distribute strychnine to their producers. Additional RMs can apply to distribute strychnine by sending a letter to Saskatchewan Agriculture indicating producers in their RM have experienced significant crop and/or forage loss due to gopher damage.
"The Gopher Control Rebate has been very helpful in assisting with the costs of controlling gophers and we urge producers and RMs to get their applications in by the deadline," Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities President David Marit said. "We also thank the federal and provincial governments for acknowledging the need for strychnine again in 2010 to help address the significant damage caused by gophers on agricultural land in Saskatchewan."
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