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Have You Met Your Regional Crops Specialist?

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture’s Regional Crops Specialists are located in 10 offices across the province. For further convenience, these staff members are also available by appointment in seven addition satellite offices. We encourage anyone in the agriculture industry to call us with questions. We are dedicated to getting you the information you need to make your farm successful.

John Ippolito
John Ippolito, PAg
Ph: 306-463-5442


John has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S). He has worked in agriculture extension with a focus on crop production and farm management since 1987. His main areas of focus have been specialty crop production, with an emphasis on lentils and canaryseed. John is also pursuing how to assist producers in adoption of precision agriculture practices.
Shannon Chant
Shannon Chant, PAg
Ph: 306-778-8291

Swift Current/Shaunavon Satellite Office

Shannon grew up on a grain farm southwest of Regina and has a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in plant sciences from the U of S. Since joining the Ministry, she has worked in various regions in western Saskatchewan. Shannon is especially interested in new crops, value-adding and providing producers with results from local research.
Shannon Friesen
Shannon Friesen, PAg
Ph: 306-694-3592

Moose Jaw/Assiniboia Satellite Office

Shannon has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the U of S, with a major in Agricultural Biology. She worked in west-central Saskatchewan for several years as a retail agrologist prior to joining the Ministry of Agriculture in 2011. Since then, Shannon has worked out of the Weyburn and Moose Jaw regional offices, providing technical information on all aspects of crop management and production to local producers and industry. She also works on the Crop Report and other technological initiatives.

North Battleford/Meadow Lake and Lloydminster Satellite Offices

Please call (306) 446-7964 to be referred to the nearest available specialist.

Kaeley Kindrachuk, AT
Ph: 306-867-5506


Kaeley Kindrachuk is the Regional Crops Specialist based in the Outlook Regional Office. Kaeley grew up on a mixed farm at Speers, Sask. She attended Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alta., where she received a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Environmental Management in 2010. Her work experience includes working as a Communications Coordinator with the North Saskatchewan River Basin Council, Sales Rep trainee with Viterra and, most recently, Sales Agronomist with the Saskatoon Co-op Agro Centre.
Kim Stonehouse
Kim Stonehouse, PAg
Ph: 306-878-8807


Kim holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, a Master of Science in Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering. Before joining the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, he conducted agricultural research for the East Central Research Foundation in Canora. Kim works with producers to solve crop production problems, identify applied research opportunities and adopt new crop production technology to make their farms and businesses more profitable.
Joanne Kowalski, PAg
Ph: 306-953-2362

Prince Albert

Joanne graduated from the U of S College of Agriculture with a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Science in crop science and agriculture extension. She has worked in various roles as Research Associate at the U of S, as an Agrologist and Communications Manager for the Saskatchewan Forest Centre, and as Development Consultant for a private consulting company. Her strong farm background and ties to the farming community enhance her work for the Ministry as she assists producers with production inquiries and knowledge transfer activities.

Sherri Roberts
Sherri Roberts, AAg
Ph: 306-848-2856

Weyburn/Estevan Satellite Office

Sherri graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Education, with a minor in Agricultural Engineering. Growing up on a diversified livestock farm in East Central Minnesota instilled in her a love of agriculture. She has extensive work experience in the horticultural industry, as well as governmental weed control and inspection. She also has experience teaching agriculture both at the high school and postsecondary level. Sherri has a special interest in designing online learning strategies for producers and agricultural specialists alike.
Lyndon Hicks
Lyndon Hicks, PAg
Ph: 306-786-1508

Yorkton/Moosomin Satellite Office

Lyndon has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the U of S, with a major in Plant Science. Lyndon started with the Ministry of Agriculture in 2009 and has since worked out of the Tisdale and Yorkton regional offices. Lyndon provides technical information on all aspects of crop production and management. Lyndon is originally from a mixed farm near Mortlach, and currently resides in Yorkton.
Cory Jacob
Cory Jacob, AAg
Ph: 306-946-3216

Watrous/Wadena Satellite Office

Cory grew up on a grain farm in southeast Saskatchewan in the Mutrie district. He has both a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Agriculture from the U of S. He has held various agronomy-themed summer jobs in private industry and also has experience as a graduate teaching assistant at the U of S. Cory works closely with producers and industry to help alleviate current and future issues in crop production.

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