Business & Policy
SaskCrops submits response to AAFC’s Sustainable Agriculture Strategy
April 19, 2023 By Top Crop Manager
SaskCrops, a collaboration of SaskBarley, SaskCanola, SaskFlax, SaskOats, Sask Wheat and the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, has submitted its response on behalf of Saskatchewan’s annual crop producers on Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s consultations to develop a Sustainable Agriculture Strategy (SAS).
The goal of SAS is to help direct collective action to improve environmental performance in the sector over the long-term, support farmers’ livelihoods and strengthen the business vitality of the Canadian agricultural industry.
SaskCrops’ SAS submission illustrates that Saskatchewan’s annual crop producers are unique across Canada in their low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and high agricultural intensity. They have made and continue to make meaningful contributions that will help Canada meet environmental goals and increase Canadian agriculture’s resiliency.
In addition, Saskatchewan’s annual crop producers have invested millions of dollars through commodity organizations into research. SaskCrops views variety development and agronomic research as primary ways to overcome barriers and increase agricultural sustainability and resiliency. Such research, which is crucial to the adoption of new practices and technologies and ultimately the success of the SAS, also requires adequate time for testing, beyond the short-time frame to the fertilizer emissions reduction target of 2030 and ongoing, possibly past the ambitious goal of net-zero by 2050 set by the Government of Canada.
Visit here to read SaskCrops’ full submission.