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Swift Current Regional Office

Shannon Chant, PAg, Crops Extension Specialist

Shannon Chant
Shannon is passionate about assisting producers faced with challenges and the agriculture industry. She provides practical, science-based information on annual crop variety selection, integrated pest management, including disease and herbicide resistant weed concerns and crop production and rotation. Shannon has 13 years of experience in crops extension in Saskatchewan and has an M.Sc. in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan.

Kari Burnett, PAg, Agriculture Program Specialist

Kari Burnett
As an agriculture programs specialist, Kari is knowledgeable about programs and resources that can benefit you and your operation. She is your contact for all programs offered by the ministry, especially related to the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. She also provides leadership to help build public trust in agriculture. Kari grew up on a grain farm and worked in the area of farm management consulting before joining the Ministry of Agriculture as a Regional Farm Business Management Specialist. She obtained her B.Sc. in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan.

Trevor Lennox, PAg, Range Management Extension Specialist

Trevor Lennox
Trevor holds a M.Ag. in range management from the University of Alberta and a B.Sc. in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. In the past Trevor has worked as an extension agrologist in Shaunavon and as a range technician with the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA). Trevor is interested in ways to maximize long-term production of native forages. His ongoing projects include seeding both tame and native forage species, as well as fertility and weed control projects.

Jessica Smith, PAg, Livestock and Feed Extension Specialist

Jessica Smith
Jessica holds a BSA from the University of Saskatchewan, majoring in animal science and minoring in rangeland resources. She has worked with the Ministry of Agriculture since 2007: first as a co-op student with the Irrigation Branch, then as a Land Agrologist with Lands Branch for seven years and, most recently, as the Livestock and Feed Extension Specialist in Swift Current. Jessica grew up on a mixed farm at Pennant. Currently, she lives on a mixed farm south of Abbey and raises cattle with her husband.

Maddy Lazurko, B.S.A., AAg, Livestock and Feed Extension

Maddy enjoys helping producers get the highest return on their livestock by maintaining healthy animals, implementing sustainable agricultural practices, and speaking on nutrition and feed management. Maddy is a resource for producers and industries by providing information about livestock production and feed and nutrition management. Maddy has industry experience in dairy nutrition, beef cattle nutrition, and forage management. Maddy has a B.Sc. in Agriculture with a major in Animal Science from the University of Saskatchewan.

Austin Baron, AAg, Agri-Environmental Specialist

Austin Baron
Austin is passionate about helping producers improve long term sustainability on their operations. As an agri-environmental specialist, Austin works with farmers and ranchers to implement environmental best management practices on their operations, such as converting marginal land to perennial forage and cross-fencing to better manage native prairie. Austin has a B.Sc. in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan, with a major in Renewable Resource Management and a minor in Soil Science.

Susan Gering, Regional Services Representative

Susan Gering
Susan provides front-line customer service to clients as well as provides assistance to the Regional Specialists. Prior to working with the Ministry of Agriculture, Susan worked for Labour Market Services for 17 years.

Celia Baldwin, Administrative Support

Celia Baldwin
Celia was born and raised in Cabri and comes from a farming background. She joined the ministry in November 2012. She assists clients and provides administrative assistance to all staff in the office. Celia resides in Pennant with her partner and they operate a grain and cattle operation. She has worked in various business offices over the years and enjoys dealing with the public.

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