Results of Agriculture Extension Consultations
In the spring of 2017, the Government of Saskatchewan invited farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses to provide input on how the province delivers agriculture extension services.
From March 7 to 31, 2017, an online survey gathered feedback from 755 participants.
Producer focus group discussions were also hosted throughout the province to further identify the extension needs of the agriculture industry.
A summary of the online survey results, discussions with focus groups and stakeholder groups, as well as written submissions, are available below.
Snapshot of results
- The majority of online survey respondents identified themselves as producers (67 per cent).
- Almost three-quarters of the survey respondents indicated that they have used the Ministry of Agriculture's extension services.
- How producers are accessing the ministry's extension services is evenly distributed across in-person, telephone and digital channels.
- Survey respondents indicated that, in many cases, the Ministry is a trusted source of unbiased information across a variety of topic areas, such as research and production.
- Focus group participants identified the necessity of having an unbiased source of information, the need for enhanced research and technology transfer, better access and understanding of available funding programs and continued agriculture awareness efforts as priorities the province should consider in a future service delivery model.