By Dave Junk, PAg, Lands Branch
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture will hold its sale of vacant agricultural Crown land through Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers at IronPlanet.com in an online auction. This auction will feature a mix of cultivated, hay and pasture lands located throughout the province. Bidding opens Feb. 24, 2020, with staggered close dates scheduled for March 10 and 12, 2020.
Saskatchewan producers are stewards of the land and are in the best position to manage land. They are knowledgeable about soil and environmental sustainability. However, there are a number of considerations when evaluating whether it is in the province's best interest to sell land. Before any parcel is sold, it undergoes a thorough evaluation. This includes looking at the land's heritage value, if it is ecologically important, or if it serves as important wildlife habitat.
Selling of agricultural Crown land is not new for the ministry. The first sales program started in the 1960s. This will be the ministry's eighth online auction since the fall of 2016. Moving to an online platform has made the auction administration and sale process simpler for both clients and ministry staff. Since the first auction, there has been more than 95,935 views of lots advertised on IronPlanet.com. This interest led to over 6,491 bids and the ministry has successfully sold 320 parcels of land totalling more than 46,490 acres.
The spring 2020 online auction sale listing will include 26 lots available for purchase, totalling about 5,360 acres. Lots not sold in this main sales event will be re-posted in a secondary sale immediately following sale close. Following that, any lots still available for purchase may be made available in future auctions.
For more information, visit our Crown Lands Purchases page.