(8 September 2010)
The unprecedented wet weather has created challenges for farmers. In July, our government acted quickly and significantly to address flooding challenges by partnering with the federal government to announce the $360 million Excess Moisture Program (EMP) for Saskatchewan producers. This is the largest one-time provincial agricultural disaster response in Saskatchewan’s history. The EMP program provides up to $30 per eligible acre to all Saskatchewan producers for unseeded land as of June 20 or seeded land which was flooded out by July 31. This funding is intended to help farmers manage and rejuvenate crop land affected by this year’s unprecedented wet conditions.
Crop Insurance customers are also eligible for an unseeded acreage benefit of up to $50 per eligible acre, and also have coverage for seeded land that has been flooded out.
Many producers have already received their Crop Insurance and EMP payments, and staff are working to ensure all claims are paid out as soon as possible. Crop insurance customers continue to be covered for yield and quality losses which may occur as a result of excessive moisture, wind, etc..
More Healtcare Initiatives
Health care is the number one issue for Saskatchewan people. Our government is taking steps to ensure the action we take reflects that priority. We recently announced the partial resumption of the Kidney Transplant Program. Saskatchewan residents, who are receiving a living related donor kidney transplant, can soon have their surgery in Saskatchewan. A review of the Kidney Transplant Program was undertaken by the Saskatchewan Transplant Steering Committee. The Saskatchewan Renal Transplant Program Review report makes several recommendations aimed at improving services in the future. Our government has also increased program funding by up to $2 million to assist with initiatives such as recruiting additional surgeons and promoting organ donation.
Regina Entertainment Facility
If a new entertainment facility were to be built in Saskatchewan, we now know where. Our government recently reached an agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway to secure an area in downtown Regina for a new facility. Although this conditional sale agreement does not mean that the proposed facility is going to be built, it does mean that a location is in place if a decision is reached to build the facility. We expect to make a final decision this fall on the future of the entertainment facility. Discussions for financial contributions are underway with the federal government, Saskatchewan Roughriders, and City of Regina. I would be interested in hearing from you what your thoughts are on a new stadium.
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