20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

Happy Anniversary APAS!

Messages of congratulation from APAS volunteers, past and present, from around Saskatchewan

Mervin Kryzanowski

RM of Lakeview #337

Twenty years seems like a lightning flash. I salute the producers – vegetable, fruit, livestock and grain – as they take on the challenge to efficiently operate in a world based on “what the market will bear” and realizing only a fraction of what their labour and investment should generate.

I would like to thank APAS Reps, Directors, Presidents, and staff over the years for their dedication to trying to increase the bottom line of producers. Congratulations to all involved in APAS and to the association. Keep up the good work!

- Mervin Kryzanowski, founding APAS Director (2000, 2013-2014) and longtime APAS Representative for the RM of Lakeview #337 (2000-2018)

Angela Jones

RM of Lakeview #337

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan plays a vital role in building a strong, connected agriculture sector in Saskatchewan that contributes to economic stability and mobility. A strong voice for agriculture is the key to a thriving farming community in a province that holds more than 40% of Canada‘s cultivated farmland.

APAS is a democratically elected organization working for the people it serves, with Representatives from around the province having strong community ties and intimate local knowledge of issues and the best ways to address issues.

There is currently no other group that works for the producers of Saskatchewan the way that APAS does, and it creates a direct connection from the farm gate to the decision-making infrastructure in our province. In an era of growing needs and shrinking government resources, the people in rural Saskatchewan are often being asked to do more with less. APAS actively advocates to all levels of government to help producers strengthen the sector, which ultimately creates a more resilient economy that is good for everyone.

- Angela Jones, APAS Representative for the RM of Lakeview #337 (2018-present)

20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

Happy Anniversary APAS!

Messages of congratulation from APAS volunteers, past and present, from around Saskatchewan

Mervin Kryzanowski

RM of Lakeview #337

Twenty years seems like a lightning flash. I salute the producers – vegetable, fruit, livestock and grain – as they take on the challenge to efficiently operate in a world based on “what the market will bear” and realizing only a fraction of what their labour and investment should generate.

I would like to thank APAS Reps, Directors, Presidents, and staff over the years for their dedication to trying to increase the bottom line of producers. Congratulations to all involved in APAS and to the association. Keep up the good work!

- Mervin Kryzanowski, founding APAS Director (2000, 2013-2014) and longtime APAS Representative for the RM of Lakeview #337 (2000-2018)

Angela Jones

RM of Lakeview #337

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan plays a vital role in building a strong, connected agriculture sector in Saskatchewan that contributes to economic stability and mobility. A strong voice for agriculture is the key to a thriving farming community in a province that holds more than 40% of Canada‘s cultivated farmland.

APAS is a democratically elected organization working for the people it serves, with Representatives from around the province having strong community ties and intimate local knowledge of issues and the best ways to address issues.

There is currently no other group that works for the producers of Saskatchewan the way that APAS does, and it creates a direct connection from the farm gate to the decision-making infrastructure in our province. In an era of growing needs and shrinking government resources, the people in rural Saskatchewan are often being asked to do more with less. APAS actively advocates to all levels of government to help producers strengthen the sector, which ultimately creates a more resilient economy that is good for everyone.

- Angela Jones, APAS Representative for the RM of Lakeview #337 (2018-present)

Angela Jones (left) with Mervin Kryzanoski (right)

Todd Lewis

RM of Lajord #128

We've always been seen as a non-partisan and good reliable source of information about agriculture in Saskatchewan. APAS has really led the farm groups in Western Canada as far as representing farmers' concerns and being able to represent all sectors of agriculture very well at both the national and provincial level.

Going forward in the next 20 years I can see more RMs becoming involved with APAS. There are fewer and fewer farmers every year, but I think the farmers that are involved in industries see value in APAS and the work that we do.

Saskatchewan is the leading agricultural province, and APAS does a very good job of representing Saskatchewan.

- Todd Lewis, APAS President (2016-present), Board member (2008-2020) and Representative for the RM of Lajord #128 (2006-present)

Arlynn Kurtz

RM of Lakeview #337

Farming is changed now from what it used to be. Most of the farms are getting bigger and bigger, so how involved and how much time do [farmers] have to become involved in the policymaking of farm programs?

You need a respected general farm organization that deals with all commodities to lobby to governments and to have the research and policy people behind them to go forward and present ideas.

It's one thing to go to the government and whine and complain. It's another thing to go and say look, this program has a problem and here's what you need to do to fix it. They will listen to you. But if you're there and just whining and complaining you're a broken record. They write you off.

APAS had some struggles in the past. They had some really difficult years. And talking to other organizations they said that is commonplace. You will go through that period of time where you're going to struggle.

We've come through that. We are strong. We're back as strong as we ever were.

- Arlynn Kurtz, founding APAS Director (2000-2018), former Vice-President (2011-2014), and longtime Representative for the RM of Fertile Belt #183 (2000-present)

Marion McBride

RM of Moosomin #121

APAS has been a success story. It's changed and grown over the time. I appreciate the fact that it's a non-partisan group that advocates for farmers and for agriculture in general, creates awareness of what the issues are, both to the farmer but also to the levels that can change things.

We have a great deal of credibility in the agricultural field and we give Saskatchewan agriculture credibility as well.

- Marion McBride, past APAS Board member and Representative for the RM of Moosomin #121

Devon Walker

RM of Wilton #472

I strongly feel that producer knowledge and producer voices need to be at the largest farm policy table in Saskatchewan. Our agricultural industry has very unique challenges and elected decision-makers and other policy groups need to have a non-partisan voice like APAS to provide advice and consultation on agricultural issues.

I’m proud to be a positive, active advocate at that table, ensuring that our agricultural issues are known and understood as federal and provincial officials create policy that affects producers.

- Devon Walker, APAS Representative for the RM of Wilton #472 (2017-present) and participant in the 2020 APAS Youth Leadership and Mentorship Program (2020)

Jim Vogt

RM of Francis #127

APAS is a very good organization for producers in the province. We're not just a compaining outfit. We try to figure out how to fix things, and I think because we're doing that we get a lot of respect from governments. Governments come to us now, federally and provincially, to get our ideas and I think that's a good thing.

We have to have a strong voice in Saskatchewan. So I think it's very important that we have this organization, and we need to be a strong voice for farmers.

- Jim Vogt, Representative for the RM of Francis #151 (2005-present)

Greg Marshall

RM of Mount Hope #279

Producers have always desired input into policy decisions that affect their businesses. In the late 1990s there was a void in effective farm policy leadership. Rallies, demonstrations, and many meetings culminated in the formation of the Agriculture Producers Association of Saskatchewan.

This organization has become an exciting and dynamic coalition of producer input, group alliances, and countless talented people. The industry continues to change and the organization with it.

I’m very proud of APAS and all of its accomplishments and I am very confident of its continued success in representing farmers.

Happy Anniversary APAS!

- Greg Marshall, former APAS President (2008-2011), Director (2006-2011) and Representative for the RM of Mount Hope #279 (2005-2011)

Herb Park

RM of Rocanville #151

APAS is involved. And they're connected. I'm constantly in awe of the organization and the people that run it, our Executive and some of the people on the Committees. We're involved at the national level and Saskatchewan producers are benefitting from it.

My hat goes off to those who came up with the idea in the first place and got the ball rolling. They had some growing pains, and those that kept it going through those periods found their feet and we're a force to be reckoned with in a good way, and we have great partners in the CFA.

- Herb Park, Representative for the RM of Rocanville #151 (2015-present)

Lorne Scott

RM of Indian Head #156

I think what I'm most impressed about with APAS - and I'm involved with dozens of organizations - of all the groups that I am involved with, APAS is the one that is most driven by the grassroots up, which is really encouraging to see.

And they've maintained that down-to-earth policy where producers, large, small or otherwise, are heard and have input into policies. And that's what we need to continue to do.

We get new RMs joining every year now, and hopefully we'll be around far more than another 20 years.

- Lorne Scott, Representative for the RM of Indian Head #156 (2012-present)

Dorothy Weetman

RM of Sask Landing #167

Happy Birthday APAS. Twenty years!

So much has happened in those years, to where today APAS is recognized as the voice for agriculture. It continues to represent farmers well. When we hear of the work being done on our behalf, we can be sure it is thoroughly researched and well presented.

Because APAS works hard at being non-partisan, it can and does meet with governments, no matter the political stripe. This indeed gives credibility, and also leaves doors open to accept resolutions and recommendations coming from the group.

I was proud to be a Representative for my RM and a Board Member for District 3. What a pleasure to work with people in an effort to make farming an occupation of choice.

We in the farming communities have much to thank the founders of APAS for. We can be confident that they do and will continue to have influence with municipal, provincial and federal governments to give farmers the best opportunities possible.

- Dorothy Weetman, former APAS Director (2011-2018) and Representative for the RM of Sask Landing #167 (2005-2018)

Steven Donald

RM of Martin #122

The saying I like to stand by with APAS is that if you're not at the table, you're on the menu.

The thing I see in it the non-partisan thing. We talk to everybody.

And we are actually the only real true voice of the Saskatchewan farmers for that reason.

- Steven Donald, APAS Board member (2016-present) and Representative for the RM of Martin #122 (2006-present)

Wanda Reid

RM of Golden West #95

Congratulations on 20 years of Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan!

APAS as a large group of farmers are better represented together and united. APAS has a bigger voice in Ottawa helping to redefine programs for the betterment of agriculture.

We are proud to be farmers and ranchers helping farmers and ranchers and their families!

- Wanda Reid, APAS Director (2019-present) and Representative for the RM of Golden West #95 (2016-present)

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