The Government of Saskatchewan increased its Agriculture budget by $32 million to $418 million in 2011-12. This is the second largest Agriculture budget ever announced in the province’s history, next to 2009-10. It will fully fund business risk management programs including Crop Insurance, AgriStability and AgriInvest. Also, it will help protect Saskatchewan producers against risks such as excess moisture. Government left more money in the hands of Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers by implementing phase two of its education property tax reduction plan, which will reduce education property tax rates by 80 per cent on agricultural land compared to 2007. This is the largest education tax reduction in the province’s history. The mill rate has also been reduced from 7.08 to 3.91 on agricultural land.
Highway 47: Estevan`s closest port of entry into the United States is located only 15 km`s south on Hwy 47. This highway also leads directly north to Hwy 1 (140km`s). Receiving in excess of 3,000 vehicles per day at Estevan`s border, this highway serves as a primary route for the local oilfield.
Highway 18: Serving as the secondary east-west corridor, Hwy 18 receives an average of 1,600 vehicles per day.