Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Inc.
TSX : SWP

Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Inc.

March 17, 2005 15:20 ET

New Pool Program Offers Value-added Benefits to Farm Customers


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FOR: SASKATCHEWAN WHEAT POOL

TSX SYMBOL: SWP.NV.B

MARCH 17, 2005 - 15:20 ET

New Pool Program Offers Value-added Benefits to Farm
Customers

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - March 17, 2005) - Saskatchewan
Wheat Pool (TSX:SWP.NV.B): More than 1,000 of the Pool's farm customers
will benefit in the new crop season from comprehensive awareness
sessions conducted by the Pool in 19 communities across Saskatchewan,
Alberta and Manitoba.

The full day events were led by Pool specialists who provided farmers
with information on grain markets, supply and demand trends and the
latest in agronomic practices. Producers also received comprehensive
guidance and hands-on experience in the safe application and handling of
anhydrous ammonia, a nitrogen-based fertilizer.

"In today's highly competitive agricultural market, information is a
valuable commodity that is essential to producers as they manage
extremely diverse and complex farming operations," says Mayo Schmidt.
"For the Pool, health and safety is a key priority and that commitment
extends to our producer customers and their families and communities.
Through these comprehensive awareness sessions, producers have had the
opportunity to learn first hand about the appropriate techniques in
handling anhydrous ammonia and expand their knowledge base with the
latest in commodity specific information."

The Pool, through its charitable foundation, partnered with Century
Vallen, a leading distributor of safety products and solutions, and MSA,
the world's leading manufacturer of personal protective equipment, to
provide safety apparatus for the program and for farm customers. The
equipment provides producers and handlers of anhydrous ammonia,
protection for the face, eyes, nose and respiratory system.

"We are extremely pleased that the Pool is working with industry leaders
like MSA and Century Vallen to provide our customers with the right
protective safety equipment to support their operations," says Mark
Coppicus, Manager of the Pool's Environment, Health and Safety Branch.
"It is this commitment to our customers, combined with the technical
expertise of our merchandizers, agronomists, safety specialists and our
NH3 regulatory advisors that sets the Pool apart from others in the
industry and provides the Pool with a unique competitive advantage that
cannot easily be duplicated."

The current round of programming is scheduled to be complete by the end
of March. Photographs of the sessions are available at
http://www.swp.com/agri.html.

Saskatchewan Wheat Pool is a publicly traded agribusiness co-operative
headquartered in Regina, Saskatchewan. Anchored by a prairie-wide grain
handling and agri-products marketing network, the Pool channels prairie
production to end-use markets in North America and around the world.
These operations are complemented by value-added businesses and
strategic alliances, which allow the Pool to leverage its pivotal
position between prairie farmers and destination customers. The Pool's
Class B shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol
SWP.NV.B.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Saskatchewan Wheat Pool
    Susan Cline
    Investor Relations and Communications
    (306) 569-6948
    Website: www.swp.com