Saskatchewan Agricultural Societies Program (SASP)
SAASE, under an agreement with Saskatchewan Municipal Government, administers a program of financial contribution in support of agricultural programming undertaken by SAASE members. Eligible programs must address one or more of the program objectives of support to rural living, community development and agricultural awareness. Expenses may be eligible for 50% funding, with maximums and prorated within available funds.
This program supports new and unproven projects which meet the objectives of SASP but which go beyond the traditional programming generally undertaken by agricultural societies. Projects may be eligible for more than 50% funding.
Each member society receives multiple copies of the SAASE Newsletter printed quarterly. Members are welcome to contribute stories about the activities of their society or articles of opinion to the newsletter. Manuscripts should must be received by the fifteenth day of February, May, August and November. Circulation of the newsletter includes MLA's and MP's, fair judges, SK Weekly Newspapers and other interested parties.
A multi-faceted program of support to fairs seeking qualified judges and to judges seeking to develop their skills.
SAASE is presently providing two Honorary Life Membership programs.
The provincial program recognizes worthy candidates for their contribution to agricultural societies in the province. These awards are made provincially from nominations submitted by member agricultural societies.
The local program allows individual societies to award one of their volunteers with an honorary life membership. SAASE provides the certificate suitable for lettering and the information is added by the society.
SAASE co-ordinates and facilitates an annual convention as well as district and other meetings as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas.
Through the diligent efforts of directors and other members, agricultural societies and exhibitions have achieved a level of credibility and respect. SAASE provides lobby strength as an organization representing all active agricultural societies in the province.
Access to Professional and Industry Expertise
Through the network supported by SAASE and the diversity of interest and ability represented by societies' activities, it is possible to access almost any type of experience or expertise within the framework of SAASE.
Liaise with University of Saskatchewan and Government Departments
As the members of SAASE, agricultural societies and exhibition associations have direct contact with representatives of University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Liaise with Other Organizations
In so far as time and finances permit, SAASE maintains contact with as many other non-political, rural based and agriculture related organizations as possible and seeks to make these organizations aware of the presence of and the benefits of working with agricultural societies within Saskatchewan communities.
Organizations, with which SAASE maintains significant contact, include:
- Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions
- Agriculture in the Classroom, Saskatchewan
- Foundation for Animal Care, Saskatchewan (Farm Animal Council )
- International Association of Fairs and Exhibitions
- Agricultural Hall of Fame, Saskatchewan
- Alliance Farm Health and Safety, Saskatchewan
- Saskatchewan 4-H
- Saskatchewan Tourism Authority