Government commits $100K to help scorched farmers

By paNOW Staff
November 16, 2017 - 5:00pm

Saskatchewan farmers impacted by wildfires in October, are receiving some good news.
 
The Government of Saskatchewan announced on Thursday it will donate up to $100,000 in matching cash donations to the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association Wildfire Relief Fund.

“Under these circumstances and following this unprecedented event, our government believes contributing financially to this fund is the best, most flexible and fastest way to help affected farm families in the region,” Government Relations Minister Larry Doke said in a news release. “I encourage all Saskatchewan people to donate to this fund and to help our rural neighbours during a difficult time.”
 
On Oct. 17, wildfires near the communities of Burstall, Tompkins and Leader, burned approximately 80,000 acres (36,000 hectares), which included crop and pasture land. The fires also killed an estimated 770 cattle and burned fences, outbuildings and other structures.

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association Wildfire Relief Fund received approximately $65,000 in cash contributions, while other assistance such as hay, fencing, and feed brings the total monetary and in-kind donations to an estimated $250,000.

“We sincerely appreciate the provincial government for what they’re doing today and thank them for finding an innovative way to help,” Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association President Shane Jahnke said.

During the Canadian Western Agribition from Nov. 20 to 25 in Regina, the Saskatchewan Stock Growers will be accepting donations at their trade show booth.

People can also donate to the fund by visiting www.skstockgrowers.com or calling 306-757-8523.

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