Saskatchewan to relocate ag extension office

File photo of Little Manitou Lake, just north of Watrous, Sask. (Dougall_Photography/iStock/Getty Images)

The Saskatchewan government is set to make housemates of one of its crop insurance offices and one of its ag extension service sites east of Saskatoon.

The province announced Wednesday it will relocate an existing agriculture extension services office from Watrous in March, moving it about 80 km north to the city of Humboldt.

“We will continue to serve our clients in the Watrous region from our Humboldt office, while expanding specialists’ reach by being co-located with Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. (SCIC) in a larger centre,” Agriculture Minister David Marit said in a release.

Extension staff now working at Watrous will “continue in their roles” in Humboldt, the province said.

Humboldt, Marit said, “is a strong agricultural hub in Saskatchewan and the agri-environmental programming and extension services offered by regional specialists will serve the area well.”

Ag extension teams in Saskatchewan provide “information and technical assistance on a broad range of agriculture topics” including crop and livestock production, funding programs and research findings.

Watrous is one of 10 regional ag extension offices in the province, along with sites in Yorkton, Tisdale, Outlook, Weyburn, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Kindersley, Swift Current and Moose Jaw.

Melville-based SCIC, meanwhile, has 21 customer service offices across the province, including sites at Humboldt, Yorkton, Tisdale, Weyburn, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Kindersley, Swift Current and Moose Jaw, along with Regina, Saskatoon, Assiniboia, Davidson, Estevan, Leader, Moosomin, Preeceville, Raymore, Rosetown, Shaunavon and Turtleford. — Glacier FarmMedia Network

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