Sask. farmers to see fee hikes for provincial services

Livestock brand inspection fees, pesticide applicator license fees and other provincial fees for service in Saskatchewan will see increases in 2012-13.

The province on Friday laid out a list of fees scheduled to rise in various departments, including the agriculture ministry.

Livestock brand inspection fees are to rise by 20 cents per head, for a total expected impact of $360,000 in this budget year, the province said.

Fees charged by the provincial Crop Inspection Lab will rise by $25 per test, for an added impact of about $2,000, while pesticide applicator license fees will rise by $30 per license, adding an expected $84,100 on the province’s bottom line.

Honey bee screening fees will rise by $25 per screening, for a total impact of $20,000.

The province has also updated its cultivation lease formula and plans to phase in a fee increase over three years, starting with $6.30 per acre this year for an additional impact of $2.1 million.

Increases in community pasture grazing fees will also rise in 2012-13 by seven cents per cow per day and $5 per calf per grazing season, as part of a three-year phase-in. The province expects to raise an additional $811,000 through the increase.

The pasture and livestock services fee hikes are expected to "assist in recovering the cost of services" provided by the province’s Pastures Revolving Fund and Livestock Services Revolving Fund.

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