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Exchange - October 2016 - Ag Month

Minister Lyle Stewart
Welcome to Agriculture Month, a time to celebrate agriculture and share our stories about food and farming.

The theme for this year’s Ag Month is “Our Food Has a Story,” making it the perfect time for all of us to join the conversation about modern agriculture and raise awareness about the food produced in Saskatchewan. What ends up on the dinner plate is a result of a commitment by farmers, ranchers and everyone along the value chain to high quality, safe and sustainably produced food. That’s a food story worth talking about.

I am fortunate that as Minister of Agriculture I get opportunities to talk about Saskatchewan’s great food story all the time. With the majority of farmland in Canada, a world class agricultural research hub and thousands of innovative farmers and ranchers, Saskatchewan is at the forefront of agricultural production. I share this story with groups around the province, and occasionally even with audiences around the world, during trade missions to countries that rely on the crops and livestock from our backyard to feed their populations.

As a producer myself, I know the care, dedication and commitment to the land and animals involved in farming and ranching, and the sense of accomplishment and pride that comes with a good harvest or a new born calf. For those of us in the industry, this is the work we live and breathe. Not all consumers are as connected to the farm as they once were; however, we still have many shared values including a shared recognition of the importance of high quality food to feed our families. This October, let’s build on the public understanding of agriculture and further connections with consumers by sharing our food stories.

I encourage you to embrace the opportunity to celebrate Saskatchewan agriculture’s successes. Throughout the month, people in the food business will talk about the themes of health and nutrition, affordability, food safety and sustainability. Consider joining the conversation with neighbours and friends, on social media or through your industry groups.

Lyle Stewart
Minister of Agriculture

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