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SARM Sounds Alarm - Inflation, Policy Hinder Saskatchewan's Breadbasket

By: Farms.com  

In Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) is raising its voice. They're calling for more support from both federal and provincial governments to tackle several pressing issues.    

High on their list are inflation, strict environmental policies, and rising costs for fuel, fertilizer, and herbicides. These challenges pose significant threats to food security and the sustainability of agriculture in the province. 

SARM President Ray Orb emphasizes the importance of support to meet the government's food security goals and mitigate the impact of inflation. This is essential for enabling new farmers to enter the industry and for existing ones to maintain competitiveness on a global scale.  

Saskatchewan's agriculture sector, renowned for its high-quality grains, oilseeds, pulses, livestock, and agri-food products, has faced record exports. However, to continue this success, understanding and support from the government are critical. 

The province's rural producers are known for their innovation and resilience, but they face hurdles from inflation, expectations for fertilizer reduction, and ineffective environmental policies. Despite these challenges, there's a collective hope within SARM and its members for pragmatic solutions that encourage positive change. 

As Saskatchewan stands as a self-sustainable province, the effects of these challenges are felt by every household, impacting the cost of food and fuel. The upcoming 119th Annual SARM Convention aims to address these issues, presenting strategies to ensure the sustainability of food production and security continues to thrive in Saskatchewan. 


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