ECONOMIC VIABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY FOR SASKATCHEWAN AGRICULTURE.
The Saskatchewan Farm Stewardship Association (SaskFSA) is an association that promotes farmers’ viewpoints as they relate to agricultural management. As a collective run by farmers for farmers, the SaskFSA is dedicated to providing a strong and united voice for growers’ interests towards land use policy and legislation. We consistently advocate on behalf of Saskatchewan’s farmers, as we interact with all levels of government, to influence policy and legislation that ensures agronomic efficiency in an environmentally acceptable and sustainable manner.
A RESOURCE TO GROW SAFE AND ABUNDANT FOOD FOR THE WORLD.
We appreciate that all Saskatchewan farmers may not fully recognize the negative effects that poor drainage can have on the long-term viability of their land. Working closely with a trusted team of agronomists and soil & water management experts, the SaskFSA coordinates long-term water management strategies for Saskatchewan farmlands. Members adopting the SaskFSA directed strategies towards modern land management practices can greatly remedy problems such as; soil and water erosion, nutrient loading, salinity and alkalinity from water ponding and settlement.
ADVOCATING THE RIGHTS OF FARMERS.
As urbanization and wildlife protection issues gain greater traction in public opinion, special interest groups are poised to hijack political agendas and diminish the apparent right of agricultural producers to have control over their land. To ensure future generations can prosper, the SaskFSA exists in part to ensure that the control of agricultural land usage stays where it belongs – within the hands of producer. To maintain ultimate authority over the rights to control land management, we consistently lobby all forms of government including local towns councils, RM councils, and provincial & federal policy makers.
ACCEPTABLE LAND USE POLICY FOR ALL INVOLVED.
When legislating land-use policy, Government often looks to recreational water users, resort communities and wildlife groups for direction, leaving the agricultural interests mainly unsupported. The SaskFSA is focused on improving land stewardship for all parties involved, but in a manner that ensures the agriculture agenda is fairly represented. We provide direction and information on the farmers issues that need to be addressed and seek to get our members on major advisory boards of such influential groups such as APAS, SARM, Sask Water Shed.
ILLUSTRATING THE VALUE OF AGRICULTURAL LAND IMPROVEMENT.
When productive land is lost to the mandate of special interest groups, the local RM’s lost tax revenue for maintaining infrastructure is downloaded onto taxpayers – and when a community suffers, the entire province suffers. The SaskFSA challenges all special interest groups to quantify their policies and to prove any resulting financial contribution within the communities that are affected by legislation they infl uence. We strive to educate the public at large, and with the support of our members, we intend to be a main resource for all media outlets for agricultural opinions towards land use issues.
FLOOD CONTROL MANAGEMENT. PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE.
At one time, it was government policy to support farmer-driven objectives when creating a framework towards the construction and maintenance of public works drainage projects within watershed areas. The Saskatchewan Conservation and Development Association (SCDA) oversees numerous provincial Conservation Area Authorities and Water Association Boards. Currently, the SCDA manages miles of drainage ditches and provides fl ood control for millions of acres of farmland. With an SaskFSA director sitting on both boards, we are making every effort to implement a return to past proven systems and encourage authorities to move away from adversarial enforcement positions that are preventing a sustainable and nurturing agricultural future.
REALISTIC FARM STEWARDSHIP.
The majority of agriculture land in Saskatchewan is rated Class 1 and Class 2, representing some of the most productive farmland in North America. With the support of our members, we are determined to establish more acceptable agricultural policy that keeps pace with today’s farming standards. Stewardship is an ethic that embodies the responsible management of our greatest resource – land. The SaskFSA is dedicated to maintaining and improving all Saskatchewan land assets and works to ensure that the quality of our land is not wasted.
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