By Karen Smith, PAg, Agriculture Programs Specialist, Tisdale
The Ministry’s extension team prides ourselves on providing, timely, accurate, unbiased advice and information to Saskatchewan producers. Our work is continually changing and evolving, and we strive to provide information in a variety of useful ways. In addition to our print materials, we have a wealth of information on our website, Sask Ag Now and we send regular e-newsletters from our regional offices. We utilize social media by posting timely information on Twitter and using Facebook live to extend information to our producers. Virtual Crop Walks and Corral Talks have been introduced by Regional Services Crops Specialists to reach hundreds of people each week through the growing season.
Workshops and face-to-face interactions remain a priority for the Ministry. With 10 regional offices across the province and our Agriculture Knowledge Centre available for calls, we encourage producers to stop in or call if they have any agricultural-related questions. Throughout the year many significant workshops take place through extension, including the annual Crop Diagnostic School, Ranch Management Forum, Top Notch Farming and Land Values events. All of these events bring together quality presenters and presentations to help ensure producers are receiving timely information on current topics within the agricultural industry. Our calendar of events houses information on upcoming events.
Extension specialists have a wide network of agriculture sector contacts, providing them the ability to path-find and source reliable answers for producers. Extension professionals also create two-way communication by bringing producer ideas back to industry and researchers. If you have an idea for a workshop or research trial, reach out to your local Regional Services Branch within the Ministry of Agriculture. With specialists covering crops, livestock, range management, programs and agri-environmental areas, we can work with you to discuss and further develop your idea.
The role of an extension specialist is to provide current and accurate information so that producers can determine the best solution. The Ministry of Agriculture has established a solid extension network to assist farmers and ranchers within Saskatchewan. Feel free to stop in at any of our regional offices to discuss your agricultural related questions.
For more information, contact the Agriculture Knowledge Centre.