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North Battleford Regional Office

Alison Fransoo, PAg, Agri-Environmental Specialist

Alison Fransoo
Alison enjoys working with producers and industry to help provide current information on environmental best management practices, and assist in improving resiliency and sustainability in farming operations. She most recently was a crop extension specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture and brings with her a wealth of knowledge from over 25 years of experience in the agriculture industry. Alison currently farms with her husband in the area and is an agriculture graduate from the University of Saskatchewan.

Jenifer Heyden, PAg, Livestock and Feed Extension Specialist

Jennifer Heyden
Jenifer is passionate about animal nutrition and forage/livestock relationships under different management systems. As a livestock and feed extension specialist, Jenifer is a source of information for producers and the agriculture industry on livestock nutrition, livestock utilization of feed and forage resources, livestock production and management. Jenifer has 15 years of experience in livestock and forage management and has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Master of Science in Beef Cattle Genomics from the University of Alberta, focused on nutrition and genetics.

Patricia (Trish) Johnson, PAg, Agriculture Programs Specialist

Patricia Johnson
Trish has spent her entire career working directly with producers. As an agriculture programs specialist, Trish is an expert when it comes to programs that can benefit her clients. She is your resource for all programs offered by the ministry, especially related to the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Trish grew up on a mixed farm and has worked in the areas of farm finance, financial consulting and land management. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan.

Melissa Welford, Regional Services Representative

Melissa Welford
Melissa provides administrative support and customer service to the Ministry of Agriculture in North Battleford. Melissa resides on a grain farm with her family and has been working with the public service since 2008. Her past work experience includes client service and office management and she has a Business Diploma from SIAST.

Heather Thomson, Administrative Support

Heather provides part time administrative support and customer service to the Ministry of Agriculture in North Battleford. Her work experience includes management and office administration with diplomas in secretarial and library science. Heather lives on an acreage and is involved in the breeding and showing of alpacas.

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