Shannon Friesen, PAg, Regional Crops 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 with specific interests in crop pests and emerging technologies. In addition, she works on the Crop Report, Environmental Farm Plan and other technological initiatives.
Val Panko, Farm Business Management Specialist
Val has a B.Sc. in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan, with majors in agricultural extension and crop science. She recently worked with Farm Credit Canada, the Royal Bank as an Agriculture Accounts Manager and with Cargill AgHorizons as a Farm Marketing Representative. As a Regional Farm Business Management Specialist, Val works with farmers, ranchers and the agriculture industry on topics related to business management, economics and decision making.
Rachel Turnquist, PAg, Regional Forage 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, Regional Livestock 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.
Murray Feist, PAg, Ruminant Nutrition Specialist
Murray has a B.Sc. in agriculture and a M.Sc. in ruminant nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan. Murray started working with Saskatchewan Agriculture as a Ruminant Nutrition specialist in 1997. Working out of the University of Saskatchewan campus, his role has varied from providing advice on cattle, sheep, cervids and bison nutrition, making presentations at extension events, doing guest university lectures and developing fact sheets, as well as involvement with research and feedstuff development. As the Ruminant Nutrition Specialist, Murray is a source of information on nutrition feeds and feed management.
Brent Flaten, PAg, CCA,Integrated Pest Management 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.
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 Saskatchewan 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 Saskatchewan 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 Saskatchewan Agriculture since 1982.
Jennifer Hickey, Resource Agent
Jennifer has worked as a Resource Agent for the past two years. She has a diploma in library and information technology and extensive customer service experience..
Teresa Truscott, Resource Agent
Teresa grew up on a farm in southeast Saskatchewan. She has worked with the government 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.