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Agri-Food Council

About the Agri-Food Council

The Agri-Food Council is an independent board that supervises and monitors all agri-food agencies in Saskatchewan. Council members are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, and are accountable to the Minister of Agriculture. The Council's role differs depending on agency mandates.

Responsibilities of the Agri-Food Council

The specific responsibilities of the Agri-Food Council include:

  • Provide advice to the Minister.
  • Review all reports submitted to Council pursuant to the Act and its associated regulations.
  • Conduct analyses of policies, programs and decisions made or proposed by an agency.
  • Monitor the financial activities of agencies.
  • Report annually on the operational and financial performance of each agency.
  • Ensure accountability, legislative compliance and effective dispute resolution of all agencies.
  • Approve agency orders.
  • Monitor the use of supply management powers.
  • Assist producer groups in establishing new agencies.
  • Supervise votes on the establishment of development and marketing agencies.

Participate as a signatory to federal-provincial agricultural marketing agreements.

Promote the growth and development of industries affected by monitoring the impact of agency strategic plans on the rate of growth and development of the industry.

Meet the Agri-Food Council

Dr. Robert Tyler, Chair, is a faculty member in the University of Saskatchewan's College of Agriculture and Bioresources. His teaching, research and extension activities are mainly in the areas of crop quality and utilization and food processing. 

Mr. Hubert Esquirol, Vice-Chair, operates White Mud Farms Ltd., a grain, forage and bison farm at Meota, SK. Hubert has been involved in various organizations including holding the positions of: President, Vice-President and Director of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association.

Mr. Maurice Berry and his family operate Berry Farms Inc., a grain, pulse and oilseed farm at Carievale, SK. Maurice has been involved in various farm organizations over the past number of years including holding the positions of: Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Director of the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers

Mr. Brad Wildeman is currently the President of Pound-Maker Agventures Ltd. He has been awarded the Canada Governor General's Award, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2008.

Ms. Marian Zerr is a Senior Director in Meyers Norris Penny (MNP) Public Sector Services practice.  Her experience includes 36 years of public service across federal, First Nation and provincial jurisdictions.  Marian has received the Public Sector Leadership Award from the Women’s Executive Network in 2011 and named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Marian and her husband have been primary Ag producers for 40 years.

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