On average, agriculture accounts for 11% of Saskatchewan’s Gross Domestic Product, and employs approximately 40,000 workers. In Canada, the agriculture and agri-food system accounts for 8% of GDP and employs over 2 million people. Provincial and federal governments target agriculture as a strategic sector, positioned for continuous growth and future trade opportunities.
Primary agriculture is at the heart of this economic engine, but we face a unique set of production and economic risks. Production risks include drought, excess moisture, frost, hail, insects and diseases. Economic risks include world market conditions, international trade, government policies and programs, increasing operating costs, high fixed costs, low margins, and risk of purchaser default.
These risks can lead to wide fluctuations in producer income which threatens the stability of the agricultural industry. To achieve continuous growth, agricultural producers need effective and innovative policies to manage the risks outside of their immediate control. APAS actively lobbies for improvements to existing BRM programs and represents its members in program reviews and consultations.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
From December 2015 to March 2016, APAS conducted a Farm Program Survey to better understand producers experiences with Growing Forward 2 BRM programs.