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The 2024 crown lands auction is to be put on hold as the province is seeking a thorough review of the program.

The Agricultural Crownlands Program has seen many changes over the past 5 years, and Ag Minister Ron Kostyshyn plans to thoroughly examine it before going forward.

Minister Kostyshyn is looking to meet with both producers and organizations to learn the issues that matter at all levels of the cattle industry, saying "We want to do it right".

Notably, this will not impact short-term one-year agreements, and the Minister added that vacant crown land will be open for grazing as it has been in previous poor hay years.

While a timeline has yet to be confirmed for this review, a year of review could lead to more clarity and a more satisfying conclusion for all involved.