The Saskatchewan government is asking the farm and ranch community for input on how it delivers agriculture extension services in the province.
A new delivery model is expected to be in place when the next federal-provincial ag policy framework begins in April 2018, according to a provincial news release issued Tuesday.
“The agriculture industry is forever evolving and our extension activities need to be driving sustainable growth and ensuring our producers stay competitive in a global market,” said Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart. “Through our consultations, we need the voice of those who access our services currently, as well as those who don’t, to ensure we move our extension activities in the right direction.”
Currently, the extension services offered by the province include “business information, advice and support provided by specialists in regional offices around the province and at extension events, the toll-free Agriculture Knowledge Centre phone line, and a variety of print and electronic publications.”
An online survey was launched on Tuesday, and will be open until March 31, 2017 (find the survey here). Focus groups will also be convened to help the province identify what’s working and possible gaps. The province says a report will be shared publicly following the survey and focus group discussions.