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.
Daphne Cruise, PAg., Crops Extension Specialist
Daphne has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. She joined the Agriculture Knowledge Centre in 2007. Daphne provides information on crop management and production, as well as crop economics and planning. She is the lead on the Crop Report and is a Ministry contact for many media inquiries. Daphne and her husband along with four children, own and operate a dairy farm and have a small custom haying business.
Rachel Turnquist, PAg, Forage Extension Specialist
Rachel has a BSc. in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan with a major in Environmental Science. She also has a diploma in Agriculture Production with a Livestock major from Olds College. 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.
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.
Lei Ren, AAg, Forage Intern
Lei received his PhD in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan with a major in Plant Ecology. He previously worked at the University of Saskatchewan as a postdoc. He is interested in forage and grazing management.
Allie Noble, AAg, Crops Intern
Allie received her B.Sc. in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan with a major in Crop Science. Allie was raised on a grain farm in southern Saskatchewan and held summer positions in agronomy and crop research before her internship. Her main areas of focus are assisting producers with crop production inquiries and knowledge transfer from the research sector.
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.
Val Zimmer, Resource Agent
Val has worked with Saskatchewan Crop Insurance and the Ministry of Agriculture since 1982.
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 fifteen years in various positions; she started with the Ministry of Agriculture in June 2016. Teresa has a certificate in Business Administration and Project Management.