The deadline for agricultural producers to apply for the Saskatchewan Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program has been extended. The original deadline for application was August 1st, but the decision has been made to move the date back to September 30th. The program provides financial assistance for producers who are interested in developing a new water source for agricultural purposes or decommissioning an old water well.

David Pattyson is with the Upper Souris Watershed Association. He said while the program does have an application deadline of the end of September, this doesn’t mean producers will have to scramble to finish work.

“It is just an application deadline, and so the work can be commenced, and proceed through the fall and early winter time,” Pattyson explained.

With the lack of rainfall this summer, the pressures on producers have increased as they try to maintain water sources for agricultural purposes. Pattyson said the reason for water needs on a farm is pretty simple.

“Water is fuel for agriculture, so having a safe, reliable supply of water for the farming operation is quite important.”

You can visit the Ministry of Agriculture website for more information on the program.

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