Community Connections

  • January 14, 2015

    This is our Community a Celebration of Cultures

    Community Connections is pleased to invite you to our 4th annual event "This is our Community a Celebration of Cultures".  This event will be held on March 15, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Glencairn Neighborhood Centre - 2626 Dewdney Ave. East

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  • September 14, 2012

    Special Olympic Truck Convoy & Truck Pull

    A TRUCK CONVOY of close to 70 trucks with large trailers left Saskatoon in the morning and arrived in Regina at the Turvey Centre at 1pm.

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  • September 8, 2012

    Canadian Paraplegic Association Relay

    I was honoured to attend and bring greetings to this fun event

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  • Chinese Freemasons of Regina

    We were pleased to attend their 4th Anniversary Banquet and Celebration

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  • June 23, 2012

    Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration

    I had the honor of attending the Opening Ceremonies of the National Aboriginal Day Live & Celebrations.

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  • K+S Potash Legacy Mine Ground Breaking Ceremony

    K+S Legacy Project near Bethune, Saskatchewan

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  • Feed the Kids Night

    At North Central Family Centre.

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JANUARY 29, 2014

NEW AGRICULTURAL OPERATOR PROGRAM LAUNCHED IN SASKATCHEWAN

Hands-on training to help address farm labour challenges

Today, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the launch of the Agricultural Operator Program.

“Our government recognizes the importance that labour plays in driving growth in our agriculture industry,” Ritz said.  “Today’s investment will help those interested in a career in agriculture develop the knowledge and skills needed to find gainful employment here in Saskatchewan.”

“Producers have indicated that they need more skilled labour for their operations and this program directly responds to their needs,” Stewart said.  “Farmers can send current or potential employees through the program to develop or help fine tune their skills.  Additionally, general labourers without a farm background will have an opportunity to gain the experience needed to get involved in the industry.”

The Agricultural Operator Program was a commitment made in the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth.  It is a module-based program offering practical, hands-on training to individuals interested in working on Saskatchewan farms.  Students and employers will have the flexibility to choose the entire program or specific modules relevant to their farms.

The first three modules will be seeding, spraying and scouting, and harvest to be delivered at the Parkland Regional College in Yorkton.  Additional modules will be developed for the livestock industry including haying, beef cattle reproduction and calving, and cattle husbandry and handling.  Following the pilot program, the provincial government will work to expand the program to other regional colleges across Saskatchewan.

The pilot program will start with a seeding module beginning on March 3, 2014.  The module is comprised of 36 hours of hands-on workshops and nine hours of online delivery.  It will cover essential farm knowledge for seeding processes and equipment maintenance.  The spraying module will be available in late May and the harvest module will be available in early July.

“We are pleased to run the pilot year of this course at our Yorkton Campus,” Parkland College President Fay Myers said.  “The timing of the modules matches the critical times on the farm, so employees can take the Seeding Module during the time right before seeding.  Then they can then put their education to use right away in the field.”

Classes for the seeding module run from March 3 to April 16, 2014 at the Parkland College in Yorkton.  For more information on how to apply for the program, go to www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/GrowingForward2 or www.parklandcollege.sk.ca.

The federal and provincial governments will invest $200,000 in funding for the development and delivery of the Agricultural Operator Program pilot through Growing Forward 2.

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For more information, contact:

Angela Hall
Agriculture
Regina
Phone: 306-787-2359
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Cell: 306-527-0521

 

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