Kim Stonehouse, PAg, Crops Extension Specialist
Kim has a B.Sc. in Agriculture and two M.Sc. degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. Before joining the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture he conducted agricultural research for the East Central Research Foundation in Canora and was the Coordinating Agronomist for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Melfort. He has extensive experience related to new crop development, increasing existing crop value, enhanced production efficiency and environmental stewardship.
Karen Smith, PAg, Agriculture Program Specialist
Karen has a B.Sc. in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan with a major in Animal Science and a minor in Agri-Business. Karen started her career as an Agri-Business Intern and later a Land Agrologist and Farm Business Management Specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture. As an Agriculture Programs Specialist, Karen helps connect clients with programs and resources, and provides leadership to help build public trust in agriculture.
Al Foster, PAg, Range Management Extension Specialist
Al obtained his Bachelor of Science in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan and Master of Agriculture in forage and range management from the University of Alberta. As a Range Management Specialist, he works directly with northeast Saskatchewan producers on all aspects of forage and pasture production and management including forage crop selection, establishment and rejuvenation.
Janelle Smith, B.S.A., Livestock and Feed Extension Specialist
Janelle completed a B.S.A. in Animal Science from the University of Saskatchewan in 2016. In 2017, she chose to continue her education and is completing a M.Sc. project, researching feedlot management and economics. She has worked in various primary agriculture sectors before joining the ministry in 2020 as a Livestock and Feed Extension Specialist. Her focus is on communicating research effectively to producers and helping them run their operations efficiently.
Teresa Casavant, Regional Services Representative
As the regional service representative, Teresa provides front-line customer service to producers on programs and services. She was the administrative assistant for the Tisdale Regional Office for 10 years prior to entering this position. Teresa has a Certificate in Business Administration from SIAST and her past work experience includes customer service and office management.
Jana Lewis, Administrative Support
Jana provides administrative support to the Ministry of Agriculture office in Tisdale. She grew up on a grain farm near Codette, SK. She completed her Office Education Certificate through SIAST in 2009 and has enjoyed providing administrative support to agriculture clients for a number of years.