As the deadline to cast ballots for the upcoming Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (SWDC) draws near, one incumbent said he is proud of the achievements the newly formed board accomplished.
Glenn Tait of Meota is seeking re-election for the SWDC Board of Directors and felt he and the current board have made great strides being accountable to farmers within the province.
“Farming is the only thing I’ve ever done,” Tait said. “When I make a decision at the board table I ask myself ‘is this going to put farmers first?'”
Being a fourth generation farmer, Tait has certainly seen huge changes in the agriculture business, including the creation of the commission.
“The commission is only four years old and I believe it is doing what it was set up to do,” Tait said. “We invest one dollar a ton from every ton of wheat sold into farmer directed funds used for research, advocacy, and marketing.”
Tait is also proud of the recent coalition formed between the SWDC Board of Directors, Sask. Barley and the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS). The trio lobbied the Federal Government for the retention of Maximum Revenue Entitlement (MRE) or how much railways could charge for freight.
Tait encouraged all farmers to cast a ballot before the Nov. 24 deadline to have their voice heard.
“We have around 10 per cent voter turnout in these elections which is concerning,” he said. “I want to make sure your voice is heard and get the maximum return on your investment to go back to the farmer.”
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