Ag-Info Centre: 310-FARM (3276)

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The Ag-Info Centre in Stettler will provide a way for members of Alberta's agriculture industry to access specialists, information and services within Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

The Centre is staffed with specialists in the areas of crops, specialty crops, beef, forage, business management, commercial horticulture and new ventures. Resource agents take all calls, answer questions, forward the caller to a specialist or refer the caller to other information sources. Staff are experienced at handling producer inquiries, from program information and production questions to diagnosing complex agricultural issues. We are the link to Alberta Agriculture's people, services, programs across the province.

Hours of Operation:
8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday, except statutory holidays

How to Contact the Centre
Toll-free in Alberta: 310 FARM (310-3276)
Out of province 403-742-7901

Currently, the 'in-house' specialists and resource agents at the Centre are:

Carmen Andrew - (Director) Carmen started in this role at the end of February, 2016. Prior to this, she served as Explore Local Initiative Manager with AB Agriculture and Forestry in the Red Deer office for several years. Other roles with AF over the years include; Ag Tourism Specialist, Rural Development Specialist – Organizations and District Home Economist. Carmen graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Human Ecology and a Bachelor of Education. She grow up on a grain farm in the western Manitoba community of Hamiota.

Diane Moore - (Branch Administrator) Diane began with Agriculture as a back- up Resource Agent for the Ag-Info Centre. In May 2014, Diane became the Branch Administrator. Diane assists in the day to day operation of the centre, including financial & personnel administrative duties.

Barry Yaremcio - (Beef-Forage Specialist) Barry was raised on a hog and grain farm in North Eastern Alberta. After graduation from the University of Alberta, he worked as a District Agriculturist in Lamont, Lac La Biche and Two Hills. He worked as the lab and beef nutritionist at the O.S. Longman Building for 6 years. Yaremcio worked eight years in private industry as a technical support consultant, crop consultant and a feed mill nutritionist before returning to Alberta Agriculture at the Ag-Info Centre in January 2003. Barry works with the Beef Group on the Information Review Committee for Ropin the Web, reviewing research and updating information. He is maintaining and including new information in the beef reference library at the centre. Barry has completed a Masters degree in animal nutrition. His interests and areas of expertise are in the areas of ruminant nutrition, feeding and feed waste management, beef production, pasture management and production economics.

Karin Lindquist - (Forage Specialist) Karin was raised on a mixed farm near Barrhead, with backgrounding/stocker beef steers, and barley and canola crops. Besides experience working with the cattle purchased and sold annually, and working on an Animal Science degree (Bachelor of Science in Agriculture) at the University of Alberta, she also worked a few times as a summer student at a local private large & small animal veterinary practice. A year was spent working as a customer service representative for a farm & ranch supply store. Summer 2014 was spent working as a research field assistant with the Rangeland Research Institute (as part of the U of Alta) travelling to and working on the university's primary rangeland and beef ranches: Roy Berg Kinsella Research Ranch north of Wainwright, and the RRI's Mattheis Research Ranch near Brooks. Plant identification, building grazing exclosers and soil coring were some of the primary duties Lindquist enjoyed. After graduation, Karin worked at the Breton Plots (west of Edmonton) and the Ellerslie Research Station as a research assistant in soil and crop science research, working with various crops and collecting data on various crops from barley and hay mixes, to oats and canola. Karin came to the Alberta Ag-Info Centre as a Forage-Beef Specialist in January 2016. Her main interests and expertise are with plant identification, rangeland, pasture, forage, and grazing management, as well as beef production from feeding and reproduction to health and nutrition.

Harry Brook - (Crop Specialist) Has had a varied career. Graduated from the U of A with a B.Sc. in Agronomy. Worked as a range land agrologist, cattle manager, district agriculturist, beef specialist, agricultural/commercial lender and sales agronomist. Working as a crop specialist brings him back to his roots. Updates the Blue book annually.

Neil Whatley - (Crop Specialist) Neil was raised on a mixed farm in Saskatchewan and worked on the farm for numerous years after completing high school. He has a BSc in crop science from the University of Saskatchewan and an MSc in extension from the University of Regina. As well as farming, Neil has worked as a pulse crop agronomist in Saskatchewan and a rural developer in Latin America. His special interests are with pulse crops and integrated cropping systems.

Mark Cutts - (Crop Specialist) Our most recent addition is Mark Cutts, Crop Specialist. Mark has a BSc and MSc in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. Mark's masters work was in Soil Quality changes under cultivation. Before joining us, Mark worked as an Agronomist in the Central Alberta area and also had a contract teaching position in the Land Reclamation program with the extension division of Olds College.

Rob Spencer - (Commercial Horticulture Specialist) Rob is a native of Saskatchewan from the Saskatoon area. Rob has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Honors) with a major in Horticulture from the University of Saskatchewan and has completed his Masters of Science in Plant Sciences with a focus on post-harvest potato pathology. Rob's training includes the production of most horticultural crops and plant pathlogy. His past work experience includes vegetable crop and anti-fungal research at the U of S and AAFC in Saskatoon. Rob works with all horticulture crops, extending information through a range of formats.

Dustin Morton - (Commercial Horticulture Specialist) Dustin is a transplanted Manitoban by way of Saskatchewan and British Columbia. He started with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development in the fall of 2013 after spending a number of years in a commercial seed testing laboratory. He began his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan majoring in Horticulture and later finished his degree at the University of Alberta majoring in Sustainable Agricultural Systems. Throughout his growing up on the family dairy farm and post-secondary education he worked at garden centres and nurseries, cultivating his love of growing things that don’t look like wheat and canola.

Ted Nibourg - (Business Management Specialist) Ted returned to Alberta Agriculture & Food in 2003 after a nine year hiatus during which he worked as a private consultant. He originally started with the department as a Regional 4-H Specialist working in the Lethbridge and Peace Regions. He eventually moved into a District Agriculturist role, working in the Three Hills, Claresholm and Red Deer offices. In private practice, Ted focused on cost of production for crops and livestock, precision farming, computer training, agricultural software development and information management. Nibourg has a B.Sc. Agriculture from the University of Alberta with an Animal Science major and Ag. Econ. minor as well as an Advanced Graduate Diploma in Distance Education Technology from Athabasca University. He completed a Masters in Distance Education through internet delivery from Athabasca University in November of 2005.

Dean Dyck - (Farm Business Management Specialist) Dean has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan. He started with Saskatchewan Agriculture in 1982 as a Farm Cost Analyst, and became a Farm Management Specialist in 1985. In 1994, Dean joined Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development as a Farm Management Specialist in Red Deer. He also worked as a Financial Management Specialist and Opportunity Analyst with the Ministry. In 2008, Dean joined AFSC as a Program Development Analyst, specializing in creating and modifying crop insurance programs. His past work includes cost of production for crops and livestock, financial analysis of non-traditional agricultural ventures, succession planning, business arrangements, and agricultural risk management.

Karen Carle - (Ag Education Consultant) Karen is the agriculture education consultant with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Born in Quebec but raised in Alberta, Karen is fluently bilingual and worked as a French, English and Science teacher for 10 years in communities across Alberta. In addition to her experience in the classroom, Karen worked in the public relations field, doing community and government relations for highly contentious oil, gas, and pipeline projects. In her current role, Karen works with commodity groups, school districts, Alberta Education and ag societies to build agriculture programs and resources that connect students with where their food comes from and how it is produced. She also works to improve social licence through providing accurate, balanced and current information to educators and provides youth with information on careers in agriculture.

Deb Heidt - (Resource Agent) Deb has worked as a client service representative for Alberta Agriculture since 1988, first in the Lacombe office and then the Stettler office. When the Ag-Info Centre branch was created Deb worked as a Resource Agent for five years. Then she took on the position of Branch Administrator with the Ag-Info Centre and in 2014 went back as a Resource Agent working a job share.

Brenda McLellan - (Resource Agent) Brenda worked for many years in the Livestock Marketing Services division (brands office). After privatization of the Brand's Office, she provided public and telephone service at the Alberta Agriculture Stettler District office for 4-H and industry development. Brenda is the publisher for Hay & Livestock listings, Woodlot Directory on Ropin the Web, assists specialists with projects and works with web publishing and leads the Registration Desk.

Mary Ann Nelson - (Resource Agent) Mary Ann has worked for Alberta Agriculture in the Livestock Marketing Services division before coming to the Ag-Info Centre. Mary Ann is publisher for the Organic Directory, assists specialists with projects. She is the contact for Summer Farm Employment and Veterinary Work Experience programs. She also assists with the budget and web publishing at the Centre.

Janet Fletcher -(Resource Agent) Prior to working at the Ag-Info Centre, Janet worked as a Customer Service Representative at Scotiabank for many years. She then worked as a casual back-up Resource Agent from 2005-2007 at which time she joined the Ag-Info Centre full-time. In addition to answering calls to the Centre, she responds to or redirects the daily email inquiries sent to Duke, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s online contact, as well as publishing FAQ's, maintaining documents on RTW and articles on and assisting Specialists with projects as needed. Janet and her husband farm near Red Willow.

Marie Glover - (Resource Agent) Marie was raised on mixed farm and has been farming with husband since 1980 on the family farm at Nevis. She has drove school bus for seven years before coming to Ag-info Centre as a casual backup resource agent in 2007, and then as full time Field Office Administrator in 2008. Marie joined the resource agent team in 2016 and will assist specialists with projects and work with web publishing, as a Service Request Coordinator, backup for the Registration Desk and Publisher for the Custom Services listings.

Backup Resource Agents - Kathy Andersen, Lorraine McAllister, Ashley Eckel, Connie Mohn

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This information published to the web on August 4, 2006.
Last Reviewed/Revised on January 26, 2017.