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    Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The Saskatchewan Government is making patrons of federal community pastures the priority after the federal government announced its plans to wind-down the federal community pasture program and transfer the land back to the provinces in the spring of 2012. The community pastures will be transferred to the province and to patron controlled operation by 2018.

Throughout the summer of 2012, the province consulted with federal pasture patrons on the transition of federal community pastures to patron-controlled ownership and operation.
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In October 2012, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the first 10 federal community pastures to be transferred to the province and to patron-controlled operation for the 2014 grazing season.
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In November 2012, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced funding to help pasture patron groups prepare to assume operation of federal community pastures. Pasture patron groups are eligible for a maximum benefit of up to $120,000 per group. Funding will be provided under the Saskatchewan Farm Business Development Initiative.
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In March 2013, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced further options to help federal community pasture patrons assume operation of their community pasture. Patron groups will have the opportunity to either lease or purchase their pasture. If a patron group chooses to lease, the provincial government will offer a 15 year lease term. The provincial government will also provide use of fixed assets to patrons at no cost, provided patrons perform regular maintenance. Patrons also have the option to purchase these improvements at zero per cent interest over the term of their lease, if they wish to do so in order to gain equity.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Will the provincial government take over federal pastures and continue to operate them as community pastures?

No. Saskatchewan producers are the best people to manage grazing land and the province does not have the capacity to take over these pastures; that is why we are transitioning this land to pasture patrons.

Will patron groups have the option to lease pastures rather than purchasing?

Yes.  Though purchase is the best option for patron groups, as this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for producers to take over full ownership and operation of this land, we realize that full purchase may not work in every situation so leasing will also be an option.

Will the Saskatchewan Government sell the pastures to the highest bidder?

No. Patrons are the priority and we are committed to working with them through every step of this process to lease or purchase their pastures.

We have received calls from interested parties, but we have told them that we are committed to working with patron groups.

How is the government's priority to support patrons balanced with the responsibility to all Saskatchewan taxpayers?

When Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers hand over land to a new generation they make sure the children who stay on the land have a viable operation, but they also make sure children who have moved to the city get their inheritance.

The Saskatchewan Government is making patrons the priority with the opportunity to lease or purchase their pastures and balancing that by using market values to make sure the interests of all taxpayers are taken into account.

What support is available for patron groups as they prepare to take over their pastures?

The Ministry has made changes to the Saskatchewan Farm Business Development Initiative to make up to $120,000 available to each pasture patron group for business planning and skills training.

Will there be environmental easements on the land?

Land with native prairie will be sold with no-break and no-drain easements. These easements will make sure this land is protected and productive for future generations. It will also ensure the land is available for grazing.

What will happen to land that is subject to The Wildlife Habitat Protection Act?

The Wildlife Habitat Protection Act (WHPA) applies to about 9,000 acres of land within federal community pastures. Land under WHPA may be for sale. For more information, visit www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/WHPA 

For more information, contact the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Lands Branch at 306-787-5322.

Funding to Help Patrons Develop Business Plans and Establish Legal Entities
Today, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced funding to help pasture patron groups prepare to assume operation of federal community pastures

Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the first 10 federal community pastures to be transferred to the province and to patron-controlled operation for the 2014 grazing season.

The Government of Saskatchewan will be further consulting with federal pasture patrons on the transition of federal community pastures to patron-controlled ownership and operation.

Related Links

The Canada Community Pasture Transition Program offers funds to Canada Community Pasture Program patrons so they can develop legal entities, operational business plans and technical skills in order to lease or purchase Saskatchewan pasture land.



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