Patron groups preparing to take over former federal community pastures are now eligible for funding.
Saskatchewan agriculture minister Lyle Stewart announced at the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities mid-term convention Nov. 15 that each group is eligible for a maximum benefit of $120,000 through the Saskatchewan Farm Business Development Initiative.
“This funding will help patron groups with the business costs associated with assuming operation of these pastures, and we will continue working hand-in-hand with them throughout this process,” Stewart said in a news release.
The patron groups can receive up to 75 percent of the cost of establishing a legal entity and developing a business plan, to a maximum of $80,000. They are also eligible for up to 75 percent of the cost of improving their business management skills, to a maximum of $40,000.
The money is available through the federal-provincial Growing Forward agreement.