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Meet our Extension Specialists at Agribition

By Jenifer Heyden, MSc, PAg, Livestock and Feed Extension Specialist, North Battleford

November 2021

Ministry of Agriculture program specialists
Ministry of Agriculture program specialists

Do you have an agriculture-related question? Ministry of Agriculture regional specialists will be at Canadian Western Agribition from Nov. 22 to 27 at booth 115 in the International Trade Centre.

Our mission is to support the adoption of sustainable and innovative management practices through technology transfer, risk mitigation and program delivery. Our regional specialists offer expertise and information about programs and services to help producers advance their operations and address challenges, all while supporting public trust. Extension, or technology transfer, is a large part of a specialist’s role and includes activities such as demonstration and research projects and hosting learning events where information and technology are shared with producers. Each specialist unit offers specific advice and services to support producers and industry.

Livestock and Feed Extension Specialists

Livestock and feed extension specialists are a great source of information for producers and industry on the many aspects of livestock production in Saskatchewan. They provide information on nutrition and ration development, using different feed and forage resources with a focus on maximizing livestock productivity and well-being. They also provide water screening and interpretation services to livestock producers and answer inquiries related to livestock and forage production and management.

Range Management Extension Specialists

Range management extension specialists offer a wealth of knowledge on forage and pasture production and management to ensure long-term health. They answer inquiries and provide information on forage production, selection and establishment, pasture management, invasive weed control, rejuvenation and plant identification. They can assist with developing grazing plans and targeting grazing management to native range, tame or forested grazing situations.  

Agri-Environmental Specialists

Agri-environmental specialists help producers implement environmentally-sustainable practices on their operations that maximize on-farm productivity and ensure long-term resiliency of the Saskatchewan agriculture industry. If a producer needs support with their agri‐environmental programming applications, such as the Farm Stewardship Program, individuals can reach out to our agri‐environmental specialists for technical knowledge and expertise in submitting program applications. They also assist producers with best management practices such as converting marginal cropland to perennial forage, cross-fencing to better manage native prairie and/or riparian areas and establishing rotational grazing systems to improve rangeland management.

Agriculture Programs Specialists

Agriculture programs specialists are knowledgeable about programs and resources that can benefit agriculture operations. They are a great resource and point of contact for all programs offered by the ministry including the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) suite of programs. They assist producers to identify programs that will benefit their operations to ensure their long term success and help them complete/submit applications. They can support producers in filling out Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program applications, among others. In addition, they encourage producers to adopt beneficial management practices that support and build public trust, as their operations grow, innovate and prosper.

Crops Extension Specialists

Crops extension specialists help producers find innovative ways to manage their land and agronomic practices. They provide information and advice to producers and agrologists on a wide range of topics including crop rotation and variety selection, soil fertility and fertilizer recommendations, integrated pest management and crop residue management. They work to help producers maximize on-farm productivity while promoting sustainable agronomic practices.

Other Specialists

Lands Branch will also be represented at Agribition by land management specialists from various regions. They oversee agricultural Crown (public) lands by providing advice to lessees of public lands across the province to ensure sustainable and integrated land use. This can include carrying capacity, grazing rotations, brush management, pasture rejuvenation and much more. In addition, land management specialists administer lease agreements, answer public land inquiries and monitor the use of public lands.

If you can’t wait until Agribition to connect, reach out to your local regional office today, at one of our 10 locations around the province. Otherwise, we hope to see you at Agribition, booth 115 in the International Trade Centre.

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