Langham community invited to breakfast and harvest celebration

Monday, September 25, 2017

Farmers are always looking for a special edge, something to help boost productivity and profits.

Well, there’s a special crop being grown near Langham that will be four times more financially productive than most others grown in Saskatchewan—and people in the area are invited to come see it harvested October 3 (rain date October 5).

Four times? How is that possible?

Here’s how: The crop, 90 acres of soybeans grown by local producer Gaylord Mierau, with support from Crop Production Services (CPS), in partnership with Ag in Motion, will be donated to Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Every dollar produced by the crop will be matched 4:1 by the Canadian government for the Foodgrains Bank’s emergency relief work for people experiencing famine in Africa.

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast, followed by the soybean harvest and a storage and handling demonstration by CPS and AGI.

Speakers at the event include CPS Director of Seed Ryan McCann, Foodgrains Bank Director of Resource and Public Engagement John Longhurst, producer Gaylord Mierau and Foodgrains Bank regional representative for Saskatchewan Rick Block.

The event is free, but donations of non-perishable food items will be collected for the Saskatoon Food Bank.

The Ag in Motion site is located at Highway 16 and RR 3083.

“I am passionate about the work of the Foodgrains Bank, and the work of ending global hunger,” says local producer Gaylord Mierau. “I feel strongly that my contribution toward the success of this project will benefit hungry people in our world.”

“This is a significant partnership for the Foodgrains Bank,” says John Longhurst, who directs Resource and Public Engagement at the Foodgrains Bank. “We’re excited that it worked out to be able to partner with Ag in Motion, CPS and Gaylord to help make a difference for people who are hungry.”

“We are pleased to support the Foodgrains Bank by providing seed, crop protection products and agronomic services for the Ag in Motion Living Grains Project,” says Ryan McCann, director of commercial seed for Crop Production Services. “Soybeans are still a new crop in many parts of Saskatchewan. Come learn more about harvesting and handling soybeans, all while we combine for a cause.”

For more information, please contact Teresa Falk, CPS Communications Specialist, at 403.336.5078 or teresa.falk@cpsagu.ca.