Ask about the ASK…A pro­gram that funds your com­pet­i­tive edge

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS - RACHEL KRAYNICK, PAG AGRI­CUL­TURE PRO­GRAM SPE­CIAL­IST, YORK­TON

Once har­vest wraps up for an­other year, pro­duc­ers of­ten spend some time re­flect­ing on what went well, and what could have gone bet­ter over the past grow­ing sea­son. They also be­gin to strate­gize for next year and look for ways to im­prove their bot­tom line. One way to get the up­per edge on the com­pe­ti­tion is to arm your­self with knowl­edge. Af­ter all, late-fall and win­ter are the per­fect times to en­rol in a course and fo­cus on how to work smarter, not harder.

The Agri­cul­tural Skills and Knowl­edge (ASK) Pro­gram is one of the many pro­grams of­fered un­der the Cana­dian Agri­cul­ture Part­ner­ship Pro­gram­ming that fo­cuses on risk man­age­ment. This pro­gram as­sists pro­duc­ers by cost shar­ing in ed­u­ca­tional ex­penses for farm man­age­ment cour­ses and train­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. Many of the cour­ses cur­rently regis­tered with this pro­gram fo­cus on mar­ket­ing, hu­man re­sources, suc­ces­sion plan­ning, strate­gic plan­ning and un­der­stand­ing farm struc­tures. Gen­er­ally speak­ing, th­ese are the core ar­eas that strengthen the fi­nan­cial back­bone of a farm. Ap­pli­cants must suc­cess­fully com­plete the course or train­ing ac­tiv­ity be­fore a claim is made and only ASK regis­tered cour­ses are el­i­gi­ble for re­im­burse­ment.

El­i­gi­ble ap­pli­cants must be a Saskatchewan res­i­dent, 18 years of age and older and demon­strate a min­i­mum of $50,000 gross farm in­come in Saskatchewan. If you are in­volved with a live­stock op­er­a­tion, you must have a Saskatchewan Premises Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber.

El­i­gi­ble ex­penses in­clude tu­ition or reg­is­tra­tion, text­books, course read­ing ma­te­ri­als or other course ma­te­ri­als and soft­ware as re­quired for the ap­proved learn­ing ac­tiv­ity. Ap­pli­cants can ap­ply for a re­bate of up to 50 per cent of the to­tal el­i­gi­ble costs to a max­i­mum pro­gram pay­ment of $2,500 per per­son per year. Max­i­mum fund­ing avail­able is $10,000 per per­son over the life of the pro­gram.

All claims must be sub­mit­ted within 180 days (six months) of com­plet­ing the train­ing ac­tiv­ity or be re­ceived by De­cem­ber 31, 2022 in or­der to be el­i­gi­ble for re­im­burse­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion call the Agri­cul­ture Knowl­edge Cen­ter at 1-866-457-2377 and ask to speak to your lo­cal Agri­cul­ture Pro­gram Spe­cial­ist.

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