Canada Saskatchewan Water Supply Expansion Program
Worked on submissions to the Tier III program to explain the economic benefits of irrigation in Saskatchewan and prepared educational materials.
The tender for a study on the benefits of irrigation to agriculture and society was awarded to Clifton Associates Ltd.
Held meetings with the federal and provincial representatives of the program.
Participated in meetings and made press releases regarding the studies.
Held a joint meeting with representatives of the Lake Diefenbaker Irrigation Development area projects/irrigation districts studied: Westside, Luck Lake, Riverhurst, South Saskatchewan River and Qu’Appelle
Strategic Planning – Reviewed and updated SIPAs strategic plan and discussed funding options.
Workshops and Presentations
Participated in AAFC AG Forum II Workshop in Winnipeg.
Made a presentation about SIPA and the five Lake Diefenbaker irrigation expansion studies at the CWRA national conference held in Saskatoon.
Presentation to the board of the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation.
Participated in the workshop with Agriculture Canada regarding the next agriculture census.
Participated in an AAFC irrigation strategy workshop.
Presentation to Acting Director General of PFRA.
Gave several interviews to the media, including the Calgary Herald.
Attended a forum on climate change with PFRA and University of Regina which included findings from a comparisons of Saskatchewan and Chile
Participated in the several trade shows, including a booth in Irrigation Alley at the Crop Production Show, the SUMA trade show, the CWRA national conference, the AIPA annual conference and the CSIDC Field Day.
Participated in the Watershed Planning Committee meetings in Moose Jaw, Qu’Appelle and Lake Diefenbaker Water sheds. Attended the provincial meeting and a 2-day Qu’Appelle South workshop regarding watershed management and the Qu’Appelle conveyance project.
Participated in CSIDC executive and strategic planning meetings and agreed to become full partners under a new CSIDC management agreement signed this year.
Board members participated in meetings with PFRA regarding the federal irrigation projects transitions in south west Saskatchewan
We had numerous informal meetings with SAF staff and correspondence with the minister and the department
We had several meetings with staff of PFRA and CSIDC.
Held a number of meetings with Saskatchewan Crop Insurance staff. Topics discussed: division of dry land and irrigated crops, yield level coverage, spot loss hail, new crops and establishing individual yield history.
Board member participated in the FLAG meetings.
Representative appointed to the new SWA Provincial advisory board and attended the first meeting.
Participated in the premier’s Climate Change Forum.
Attended public meetings on bio fuels and had discussions with the Ethanol Development Council.
Met with Irrigation Branch staff to discuss policies for new infill, rehabilitation and expansion policies.
Participated in planning for the CSIDC field day.
Accepted an invitation to attend the pre-budget agriculture briefing address of the SAF Minister.