Renewed funding announced to build public trust in agriculture in Saskatchewan
June 16, 2021 – Regina, Saskatchewan – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Today the federal and provincial governments announced $1.5 million over two years in renewed funding for Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan, Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan and 4-H Saskatchewan. This funding will build public trust in agriculture and develop the next generation of agriculture leaders in Saskatchewan.
Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan connects consumers to food and farming through events, training, and educational resources that build trust in Saskatchewan food production.
Ag in the Classroom Saskatchewan plays a pivotal role in educating youth about agriculture through hands-on activities, engaging programs, and inquiry-based educational resources.
4-H Saskatchewan is one of Canada's largest youth organizations and provides members and leaders with learning experiences tailored to individual needs and interests through the motto “Learn To Do By Doing.”
The two-year agreements will provide Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan with a total of $300,000, 4-H Saskatchewan with $600,000 and Agriculture in the Classroom with $610,000.
“Farmers work hard to take care of their land and animals, and, now more than ever, Canadians want to know where their food comes from. The projects we are funding with Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan, Ag in the Classroom Saskatchewan and 4-H Saskatchewan will help bridge the gap between consumers and food processors, to help grow these relationships and provide trustworthy sources of information.”
- The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
“Our relationship with these groups stems from a shared commitment to building public trust in our agriculture industry. These efforts to build meaningful connections with consumers, share agricultural resources with classrooms, and prepare the next generation of agriculture leaders is essential to our thriving industry.”
- David Marit, Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister
"With less than three per cent of the population having a direct tie to a farm or ranch, this funding is essential to our work to help build trust in food and farming in our province.”
- Shawn Colborn, Chair, Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan
“The next generation of consumers is sitting in classrooms across the province, with their hands enthusiastically raised. This funding is crucial to help keep up with the demand for agricultural learning experiences in our province and ensuring we are providing opportunities to answer student’s questions about where food comes from.”
- Sara Shymko, Executive Director, Ag in the Classroom Saskatchewan
“This funding is an investment in the future of Saskatchewan agriculture. 4-H is proud to deliver leadership programming that develops young people in our communities"
- Cameron Choquette, Council President, 4-H Saskatchewan
The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan recognize the agriculture sector is a key economic driver and are committed to investing in organizations that help consumers understand the industry and showcase its commitment to food safety, animal health, and the environment.
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen and grow Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors. This commitment includes $2 billion for programs cost-shared by the federal and provincial/territorial governments that are designed and delivered by provinces and territories. More than $155 million of this funding comes from the Government of Saskatchewan.
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