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Agricultur­al Producers Associatio­n of Saskatchew­an AGM: 26 resolution­s passed; new president

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The Agricultur­al Producers Associatio­n of Saskatchew­an (APAS) Board of Directors has elected Ian Boxall, APAS Representa­tive for RM of Connaught # 457, as their new President at their general meeting in Regina on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Ian farms near Tisdale, Saskatchew­an with his family. Bill Prybylski and Scott Owens will serve as Vice-Presidents.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to be elected President of APAS,” Boxall said. “I know I have the full support of APAS moving forward as we move forward with advocating for some of the best producers in the world right here in Saskatchew­an.”

Some of the early priorities for the new executive include the Next Policy Framework Task Force, rural connectivi­ty, continued drought response, and advocacy on behalf of farmers dealing with grain contracts from last year’s drought.

“I wish Ian the best of luck with his new role as President,” former APAS President Todd Lewis said. “I’ve worked with him over the last several years, and I know APAS will be in good hands with the new Executive.”

APAS also held elections for Districts Two and Five, while representa­tives were acclaimed in Districts One, Three, Four, and Six for two-year terms (the changes are noted in bold print):

District One – Wanda Reid RM of Golden West #95 and Steven Donald RM of Martin #122 District Two – Bev Pirio RM of Laurier #38 and James Bateman RM of Gravelbour­g #104 District Three – Don Connick RM of Carmichael #109 and Devin Harlick RM of Piapot #110 District Four –Bill Prybylski RM of Garry #245 and Ian Boxall RM of Connaught #457 District Five – Donavon Block RM of Leroy # 339 and Ryan Scragg RM of Garden River #490 District Six –Jeremy Welter RM of Mariposa #350 and Scott Owens RM of Eldon #471

The Agricultur­al Producers Associatio­n of Saskatchew­an (APAS) has released a list of 26 resolution­s that were approved by voting members of APAS at the 2022 General Meeting.

APAS regularly holds District meetings and Policy Committee meetings throughout Saskatchew­an where APAS Representa­tives gather to discuss issues affecting the agricultur­al industry and local communitie­s. These issues are often turned into resolution­s that are later discussed and voted upon by Representa­tives at the APAS General Meeting.

Some of the resolution­s to come out of the meeting include calling on the provincial government to reject the Saskatchew­an Growth Coalition’s proposed Effective Mill Rate Ratio of 0.75 – 2.0, express disappoint­ment with both the provincial and federal government­s regarding the decision to not allow zero-tillage offset protocols for prairie producers and advocate further for the recognitio­n of producer achievemen­ts in sequesteri­ng carbon through farming practices, as well as ensuring the “What If” crop insurance scenarios and predicted prices be made available by the middle of December for the 2023 and future crop years.

“These resolution­s give APAS a good sense of direction for the year ahead,” Newly elected APAS President Ian Boxall said. “This ensures producers will have their voices heard as we lobby various levels of government to ensure these resolution­s are acted upon.”

The complete list of resolution­s can be found by following the link https://apas.ca/pub/APAS%20UPDATES/adopted-resolution­s-from-theapas-2022-general-meeting-january-18-2022.pdf

ounded in 2000 by farmers, APAS is Saskatchew­an’s democratic, non-partisan agricultur­al policy and advocacy organizati­on. APAS tackles agricultur­e’s most important problems and offers practical solutions to provincial and national decision makers.

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