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February 13, 2009 - Vol 1, Issue 3
Articles In This Issue
Saskatchewan Watershed Awareness Initiative
2009 Saskatchewan Pasture School
Saskatchewan Farm Family Recognized
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 Dear Leanne

Winter Bale StackHopefully this issue does not find you blanketed with ice, skating out to the barn or to work!  As winter marches on, our thoughts invariably turn to warmer days ahead.  Maybe these daydreams of green grass and trees with leaves will prompt you to start planning for the summer grazing season - or if you are lucky, you may be taking a trip to the tropics to escape the winter if only for a short time!  In any case, now is the time to start making plans for the approaching spring.  Read on for information that may be useful in formulating these plans.    
 
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Saskatchewan Watershed Awareness Initiative
Submitted by - Jody Oliver, Watershed Awareness Coordinator 
 
Driven by the Provincial Council of Agriculture Development and Diversification (ADD) Boards for Saskatchewan, the Watershed Awareness Initiative (WAI) is a new program as of April 1, 2008. It is presently funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
 
WAI helps watershed communities come together and establish locally based groups that respond to local agri-environmental issues while developing and managing new and existing Agri Environmental Group Plans (AEGP's).
 
These plans focus awareness and resources towards agricultural impacts on water quality beyond the farm, and help align individual actions in a watershed to achieve a positive cumulative effect.
         Emphasize awareness of agriculture's impact on surface water quality;
         Give local producers and municipalities input into potential issues;
         Identify priorities;
         Connect producers to technical support where needed;
         Identify potential Beneficial Management Practices (BMP's).             
 
Individually, Environmental Farm Plans and the watershed-based Agri-Environmental Group Plans provide the tools for farmers and small groups to develop Beneficial Management Practices on a local scale. The Watershed Awareness Initiative takes this to the next level by helping individuals, small groups and municipalities come together to identify issues, and strategically focus efforts to address them over a larger watershed scale.

There are currently nine Watershed Awareness Advisors placed in areas and working throughout the province. The Advisor's job is to challenge and build on existing AEGP's, develop an understanding of local awareness of watershed issues, and support participation and organization of watershed groups and group plans.
 
For more information on the Saskatchewan Watershed Awareness Initiative, including contact information for your local Watershed Awareness Advisor, visit http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102452849025&e=001Som4cc0PZeKYilUAv_VM98XoDjhNL7kVz8In1d7VHyC2mLA6pYgoV3hoLusaui-h7arIv0KhXsXtkOy9E4XpiLx0Y-xt_tJS5B_9zvNQ7VnMfhQjabK3Kg==, or call 1-866-298-7222


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2009 Saskatchewan Pasture School - Offers Interactive Learning Opportunity
 
The sixth annual Saskatchewan Pasture School will take place June 17 and 18 in Bale grazineSaskatoon.  This two-day event will provide a forum for grazing managers to gain practical knowledge and expand their management skills through seminars, producer panels, hands-on exercises and pasture tours. 
 
Seminar topics are being selected to complement the pasture tours which will include exercises on plant ID, health assessments for tame and native pasture and grazing management principles to maximize productivity of both animals and plants.  
 
There will also be a demonstration on electric fencing techniques.  This new component of the Pasture School was introduced in 2008 and due to its popularity, is being expanded in 2009.  This interactive exercise will give participants a chance to apply the skills they have learned.
 
Participating organizations include Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada-PFRA, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Saskatchewan Forage Council, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority and the Western Beef Development Centre. 
 
Attendance at the School is limited to 50 participants.  Registration (including GST) is $183.75 for the first registrant and $157.50 for any additional registrants from the same operation. 
 
Demand for participation in the Saskatchewan Pasture School has been high in the past.  Organizers anticipate a full school this year, so anyone wanting to attend should register early to avoid disappointment. 
 
A registration form and full agenda will be available soon online at http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102452849025&e=001Som4cc0PZeIEF0eqTglxIMjalNjwX0swY-vNyYYkpaai15hOz5J2aSs8SylVyRyhjLb3dT8PbdFkL80gVHnEjqo5yXxTz61VCy6RL1T8iqYHZZpvicI-Lg==.
 
For more information, please contact:

Leanne Thompson                             or              Lorne Klein
Saskatchewan Forage Council                            Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
office@saskforage.ca                                         lorne.klein@gov.sk.ca
Phone (306) 454-2777                                        Phone (306) 848-2382
 
Saskatchewan Farm Family Recognized for Conservation
 
On Wednesday, February 11th, Trent & Carolyn Walls of Alameda, SK, were recognized with the Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association's (SSCA's) Farm Family Award.  Sponsored by Ducks Unlimited Canada, this award recognizes a farm family that has made an outstanding contribution toward promoting production systems that reduce soil degradation, enhance water quality and maintain economic viability.
 
Trent and Carolyn farm with Trent's parents, Doug & Arlene Walls, and together have converted their cropland to forages for their growing cattle herd. The Walls are developing rotational grazing plans up to one year in advance which helps use the grass better, increases the health of the forage and distributes the manure more evenly.   The Walls are familiar faces in among forage producers: Trent is a grazing mentor and also shares his experience with forage conversion and planned rotational grazing as a member of the Upper Souris Watershed AEGP committee. 
 
Congratulations to Trent & Carolyn and their family.
 
For more information on the Walls family and their operation, please contact Vicki East with Ducks Unlimited Canada at (306) 634-7074 or v_east@ducks.ca.
 
Leanne Thompson - Editor
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