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.
Alicia Sopatyk, PAg, Livestock and Feed Extension Specialist
Alicia was raised on a mixed livestock-grain operation in central Saskatchewan and has a B.Sc. in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan, with a major in Animal Science. Alicia works with producers and industry on all aspects of livestock production and management through individual inquiries and broader extension events. She has a keen interest in improving efficiencies with the use of technology.
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.