August 16, 2022 Message to the Membership

Posted on August 16, 2022 in

August 16, 2022 Message to the Membership

Hello again. It’s been quite a little while since we’ve last connected this way. Almost a month as it turns out. This wasn’t by plan or design but rather by coincidence with the way my holidays worked out this year. I usually write these messages on Mondays, and the fact that I sandwiched a short work week after the August long weekend with two weeks of holidays, meant that my Mondays were otherwise preoccupied.  

Despite the fact I interrupted my two weeks of summer holidays with a short week of work I still feel fresh and relaxed and quite out of the loop. It’s for this latter reason that I’m going to resort to a few random thoughts to get me through this week’s message. Forgive the disjointedness, but here we go… 

After travelling through some parts of rural Saskatchewan, all I can say is WOW! I sure hope the crops come off without trouble or weather interruptions, including frost. This year looks to be the best year for harvest in the past number of years. Although the rains haven’t been general across the province, resulting in scattered rain coverage, those that were blessed with moisture, which seems to be a lot of them actually, are in for some bumper yields. It’s nice to see and will be great for our economy If it gets in the bin with good grades. 

The moisture is also evident in northern Saskatchewan. Usually by this time of year the grass is beginning to brown and the trees are beginning to turn yellow. But not this year, as of yesterday there’s still plenty of lush green grass and chlorophyll in those leaves. 

I hope you’re one of the nearly 400 or so that have purchased their Popcorn and Entrepreneurship Series presented by EY. (There are still a few left, but they’ll be gone shortly, so don’t delay…). I’ve seen the first cuts of the movie and it’s another stellar story about to hit the screen. Many people don’t know much about George Reddekopp, and that’s by his choosing, but he’s now finally allowing us to tell his story and you don’t want to miss out. 

Despite my best attempts at ignoring any and all news sources for the past little while I’ve heard a few rumblings about the federal government considering whether or not to impose a limit on fertilizer input by agricultural producers. Well, if that isn’t the most stupid policy I’ve heard come out of Ottawa yet, I’m not sure how much more stupid of one you could come up with.  

You know those bumper crops I was speaking of earlier? Well, guess what? Without that fertilizer those yields would be nowhere (and I mean nowhere) near as good. Why would we want to feed the hungry mouths of an ever-growing global population? Who else is going to fill the void caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine? Well, if the Trudeau government has its way, apparently it won’t be us.  

Supposedly, the reason why they’re considering this policy is because the unused phosphate residue left in the soil is a source of greenhouse gas emissions. Well guess what, the farmers don’t want that left there either, because that means that they’re wasting money. I guarantee that they’re wanting all of their fertilizer used up to optimize their ROI for that pricey input. 

That makes as much sense as having the feds pull up to your driveway after every time you return home to suck out the unused gasoline in your tank, because the gasoline will emit greenhouse gas emissions. Pretty sure every one of us would find that objectionable activity by the Feds. If this one gains any traction, methinks the Feds will be hearing a lot of opposition over this one. 

And that, my friends, is I think all I’ve got in my think tank right now. So let’s leave it at that. 

Until next time, be safe, be smart, be considerate, be well, but most of all, be kind. 

Keith Moen 

Executive Director 


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