By Sarah Hein, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
Every day producers around the province wake up to an abundance of information and a multitude of ways to access it. Some seek local expertise, many opt for online resources and others prefer to get all the details in a podcast. Modern agriculture comes with a flood of information, but it is essential that there is a clear understanding of what producers are looking for to help their operations succeed and remain competitive in a global market.
To ensure producers can access the services they need now and into the future, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture is inviting farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses to provide input on how the province delivers extension services. A new initiative, known as the Modernization of Extension Services, will ensure the Ministry’s extension efforts remain relevant and valuable. An online survey will help identify the current and future needs of farmers and ranchers and the most effective way to deliver services. Focus group discussions will also be hosted around the province to help identify what is working and possible gaps producers may be finding.
The expertise of producers and industry will help successfully shape the Ministry’s future extension service delivery. Every voice and experience is valuable, whether an individual has accessed extension services through the Ministry or not.
The survey is open until March 31, 2017 and a report will be compiled to share the results of both the survey and focus group discussions. The new delivery model is expected to be in place when the next federal-provincial-territorial agriculture policy framework starts in April 2018.
For more information on our Modernization of Extension Services initiative, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.