Shelley Jones, BSA, Manager, Agriculture Knowledge Centre
Shelley has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. She previously lead the Ministry’s Agriculture Awareness Unit and has extensive experience in both the public and private sector in the areas of policy, marketing and communications, and adult education. Shelley grew up on a ranch south of Moose Jaw.
Shannon Friesen, PAg, Crops Extension Specialist
Shannon has a BSc. in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan with a major in Agricultural Biology. She joined the Ministry of Agriculture in 2011 after working as a retail agronomist for several years. Shannon provides technical information on all aspects of crop management and production. In addition, she works on the Crop Report, Environmental Farm Plan and other technological initiatives.
Rachel Turnquist, PAg, Forage Extension Specialist
Rachel has a M.Agr in Agriculture from Colorado State University and a BSA in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. Rachel previously worked with Dow AgroSciences and as an Agri-Environmental Group Plan Technician. Rachel is a source of information for producers and the agriculture industry on forage management.
Colby Elford, PAg, Livestock and Feed Extension Specialist
Colby received his B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Regina. Colby was raised on a cattle ranch in southern Saskatchewan. Colby has a strong practical background in the livestock industry and is interested in livestock and grazing management.
Cory Jacob, PAg, MSc., Crops Extension Specialist
Cory holds M.Sc. and B.Sc. in agronomy from the University of Saskatchewan. He has held various agronomy-related summer jobs in private industry, and also has experience as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Saskatchewan. Cory works closely with producers and industry to help alleviate current and future issues in crop production. Cory grew up on a grain farm in southeast Saskatchewan in the Mutrie district.
Brent Flaten, PAg, CCA, Crops Extension Specialist
Brent has a B.Sc. in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan, majoring in Agronomy and is a Certified Crop Adviser. Brent has a wide variety of agricultural work experience, working in both private industry and government across the prairies. Brent’s primary focus is integrated pest management of weeds, diseases and insects. Other areas of interest include general crop, soil and nutrient management.
Leah Clark, PAg, MSc., Livestock and Feed Extension Specialist
Leah has a M.Sc. in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan, with a major in animal science and a minor in rangeland resources. Her M.Sc. thesis in animal nutrition focuses on wheat-based dried distillers' grain as a protein and energy source for beef stocker calves in extensive grazing programs. She maintains an active interest in water quality and ruminant nutrition.
Jaycee Peutert, B.Sc Agbus, Farm Management Extension Specialist
Jaycee has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness from the University of Saskatchewan. Jaycee was raised on a mixed grain and cattle farm in southern Saskatchewan and has a background in finance. Her main areas of focus are farm management inquiries across the province and program promotion and delivery in the Moose Jaw Region.
Olaleye Abimfoluwa Gideon, AAg, Intern Extension Agrologist, Agriculture Knowledge Centre
Gideon holds a Bachelor of Agriculture (Soil Science major) degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria as well as a Master of Environmental Science degree from the University of Eastern Finland. Gideon is working towards the completion of his PhD in Soil Science at the University of Saskatchewan, where he worked as part of an international project on Food Security in West Africa studying nutrient cycling in farming systems. Gideon was born and raised in Nigeria and had the privilege of going to the farm with his dad.
Barb Field, Regional Service Representative
Barb provides front-line customer service to producers on programs and services and also administrative support to the Moose Jaw office. Prior to joining the Ministry Agriculture, Barb worked as a Business Information Officer with Enterprise Saskatchewan. She has many years of experience assisting clients with their information needs.
Kathy Daviduk, Resource Agent/Team Leader
Kathy has worked with the Ministry of Agriculture since 1982. She has over 30 years’ experience with the farming sector. Kathy also has a farming background.
Jennifer Hickey, Resource Agent
Jennifer was raised on a mixed farm in southern Saskatchewan. She has a diploma in Library and Information Technology and extensive customer service experience. She has been a part of the Resource Agent team since 2014, providing clients with comprehensive information on a wide range of agricultural topics, programs, and services.
Teresa Truscott, Resource Agent
Teresa grew up on a farm in southeast Saskatchewan. She has worked with the Government of Saskatchewan for the past 15 years in various positions; she started with the Ministry of Agriculture in June 2016. Teresa has a certificate in Business Administration and Project Management.