EAST CENTRAL — The mayors of Melfort, Nipawin and Tisdale gathered at a farm in the RM of Tisdale to sign a proclamation dictating October to be Agriculture Month.
“Ag Month is something that’s proclaimed every year and has been for a few years now, really just to highlight the importance of modern agriculture and the connection to food,” said Karen Smith, programs specialist with the Tisdale office of the Ministry of Agriculture.
Previously, the proclamation would be signed separately, making this the first time the mayors met up and signed at a farm.
“What better way to showcase agriculture and to showcase Saskatchewan and the hard work they do than taking it out to the field?” Smith asked. “Let’s take it out to where the farmers work and get their perspective on it and showcase it too.”
The location the proclamations were signed at was 3-G-Acres. The farm produces barley, oats, canola, flax, grain, oilseeds and pulses.
According to Rennie Harper, Nipawin’s mayor, the significance of signing the proclamation is putting words to what the mayors believe, and symbolize that they’re representing their communities to honour agriculture.
“Agriculture is the heart and soul of our country, it provides food and it provides economics and we got to celebrate – that’s why we’re here,” said Harper.
“Ditto,” replied Rick Lang, Melfort’s mayor.
“It’s important to the entire region to say the least, and it’s important to proclaim agriculture month and recognize that and the importance of the industry to the region, and the idea that now the three communities are included in this signing.”
Al Jellicoe, mayor of Tisdale said it’s a good event to join with the other mayors.
“It’s a tremendous role agriculture plays. We depend on it for everything,” Jellicoe said.