Moose Jaw Office
45 Thatcher Drive East
Daphne Cruise, PAg - Regional Crops Specialist
Daphne has a B.Sc. in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan with a major in environmental science and a minor in rangeland resources. She comes from a cattle and grain farm near Findlater and currently farms with family at Stalwart. Daphne worked with the Agriculture Knowledge Centre, first as an agrologist intern, and now as a regional crops specialist. Daphne is interested in new crops and emerging cropping systems, including organic agriculture. Daphne also works on the Crop Report and with the Saskatchewan Young Ag-Entrepreneurs, Saskatchewan Agriculture's Youth Advisory Committee and the Agriculture in the Classroom program.
Grant McLean, PAg - Cropping Management Specialist
Grant brings a wealth of professional and personal experience to the job. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.Sc. in agriculture in Soils and Plant Ecology. Grant worked in the Ministry's agriculture extension office at Carnduff in 1973 when it opened, and continued to work there until joining the Agriculture Knowledge Centre. During his time in Southeast Saskatchewan, he worked extensively with the sunflower industry and served for several years as member of the National Sunflower Association. Grant helps producers with a broad range of questions and concerns related to cropping choices, rotations, general crop management and organic crop production, and is the new face of the Crop Report.
Val Panko - Farm Business Management Specialist
Val has a B.Sc. in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan, with majors in agricultural extension and crop science. She recently worked with Farm Credit Canada, the Royal Bank as an agriculture accounts manager and with Cargill AgHorizons as a farm marketing representative. As a Regional Farm Business Management Specialist, Val works with farmers, ranchers and the agriculture industry on topics related to business management, economics and decision making.
Colby Elford, PAg - Regional Livestock Specialist
Colby received his B.Sc. in biology from the University of Regina in 2008. Colby was raised on a cattle ranch in southern Saskatchewan and presently farms in the Old Wives Lake area, while continuing to work in partnership with his family's ranch south of McCord. Colby has a strong practical background in the livestock industry and is interested in livestock and grazing management, forage production and the environment and conservation. He is eager to develop and expand his knowledge of the agriculture industry. Colby previously worked as a Cattle and Hog Auditor with Financial Programs Branch and as a pasture rider with Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA).
Patrick Mooleki, PAg - Soil/Nutrient Management Specialist
Patrick holds a PhD and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, as well as a B.Sc. from the University of Zambia. His PhD studies and research focused on pulses in crop rotations in Saskatchewan, and he subsequently worked with the University of Saskatchewan, Department of Soil Science, on livestock manure management and fertilizer application. His M.Sc. research studies focused on nitrogen and phosphorus management. He has also worked as a consultant and lecturer in Saskatchewan and as a manager of a research centre in Zambia. Patrick has worked with the Agriculture Knowledge Centre since 2004, first as a crops specialist and now as a soil/nutrient management specialist. Patrick's focus is on the soil-crop interface including the areas of soil management, soil conservation, soil fertility and organic and inorganic fertilizers.
Murray Feist, PAg – Ruminant Nutrition Specialist
Murray has a B.Sc. in agriculture and a M.Sc. in ruminant nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan. Murray started working with Saskatchewan Agriculture as a Ruminant Nutrition specialist in 1997. Working out of the University of Saskatchewan campus, his role has varied from providing advice on cattle, sheep, cervids and bison nutrition, making presentations at extension events, doing guest university lectures and developing fact sheets, as well as involvement with research and feedstuff development. As the ruminant nutrition specialist, Murray is a source of information on nutrition feeds and feed management.
Brent Flaten, PAg, CCA - Integrated Pest Management Specialist
Brent has a B.Sc. in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan, majoring in agronomy. He grew up spending summers at his family's farm near Weyburn. Brent has a wide variety of work experience, working in both private industry and government across the prairies. He has worked in the crop protection industry, in an extension role with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, and as a crop specialist with Agricore United and Viterra. Brent's primary focus is integrated pest management of weeds, diseases and insects. Other areas of interest include general crop, soil and nutrient management.
Bobbie Kivol – Regional Services Representative
Bobbie is the Regional Services Representative and back-up Resource Agent for the Agricultural Knowledge Centre. Bobbie has previous experience as a Resource Agent at the Agriculture Knowledge Centre. Bobbie provides front-line customer service to producers on programs and services, as well as providing assistance to the Agriculture Knowledge Centre.