The new office space for local Saskatchewan Agriculture experts and Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. employees in Kindersley will host an open house this Friday to celebrate the new space at the Kindersley Mall.

By Kenneth Brown
of The Clarion

Saskatchewan Agriculture and the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. (SCIC) are inviting producers to check out their new office space in Kindersley.

The Saskatchewan Agriculture and SCIC regional office in Kindersley has moved to a space in the Kindersley Mall. Local producers are invited to attend an open house on Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Representatives will speak during a short program at 10:30 a.m.

Specialists with Saskatchewan Agriculture and members of the SCIC team will be on hand to talk to producers and to show them around the new office. Rick Burton, the deputy minister of agriculture, and Shawn Jaques, the president and CEO of SCIC, will be on hand to speak during the short program.

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The open house is, in part, a grand re-opening of the Kindersley regional office even though the office was moved from its former location on Main St. There will be cake and coffee to help celebrate the new location.

Saskatchewan Agriculture specialists will be there to talk to producers about available funding programs through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, to test livestock water samples and to register premises through the Premises Identification Program.

The SCIC team members will assist producers with crop insurance production declarations, answer questions about business risk management programs, demonstrate and sign up producers for programs such as CropConnect or AgConnect and provide information on the Western Livestock Price Insurance program.

Kevin France, the executive director of regional services at the ministry of agriculture, said the regional office moved in the spring and, now that the office is all set up, officials decided it was time to introduce the space to producers.

“We wanted to celebrate the new location and make clients aware of, essentially, where we are,” he said, recognizing that the ministry wants area producers to know where to access its regional services. “I think it’s more accessible for sure in terms of the location.”

There is plenty of parking available at the mall, France agreed. The event is an open house and producers could attend the celebration at any time during the three-hour window, but it does include the short program, he said.

The program is also an opportunity for Saskatchewan Agriculture and SCIC to introduce the specialists and staff to producers, he explained. The ministry official said the event is less about the program than to celebrate the new office.