Board of Directors

Roles and Responsibilities

SaskFSA Board of Directors are collectively accountable to SaskFSA membership and their families, rural communities, SaskFSA sponsors, all stakeholders, and the future of agriculture in Saskatchewan. We are grassroots professionals that believe in providing specific solutions to agriculture water and land policy challenges.

It is the responsibility of our board directors to advocate for progressive land and water management policy driven by agriculture landowners and supported by the citizens of Saskatchewan

Interested in making a difference? Read more about what is involved in being a SaskFSA Board Director

To nominate someone to be a SaskFSA board member please contact us.

Current SaskFSA Board

MYLES THORPE – PRESIDENT

BSA

Owner of Thorpe Ag Ventures

Myles Thorpe operates Thorpe Ag Ventures, a grain farm in the Spy Hill, Sask area, about an hour SE of Yorkton.  Myles grew up on the family farm, where he became passionate about agriculture, always knowing where his career path would take him.  He bought his first ¼ section at the age of 17, and has been invested ever since!

Myles completed a degree in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan, and following that, worked in the Ag industry for nine years in various sales, management and financial lending roles.  These combined experiences have given him the drive to maximize the efficiency of all aspects on his farm, especially its most vital assets, land and water.

Myles is the president of Saskatchewan Farm Stewardship Association.  SaskFSA advocates for progressive land and water management policy driven by agriculture landowners and supported by the citizens of Saskatchewan.  Whether it is by traditional surface methods, or by tile drainage, responsible and organized land and water management is vital to the success of individual farms, communities and the province. The importance of land and water management is often over looked. Myles advocates for SK farmers and the benefits  of a well-designed land and water management plan as he knows first-hand the economic and agronomic benefits.

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KYLE HEGGIE – VICE PRESIDENT

Kyle Heggie grew up on a grain farm that helped him to pursue a career in agriculture. He attended Olds College in 2003 and received a diploma in Agriculture Production and Management in 2005.

Kyle purchased his first quarter of land in 2004 from his uncle. This is where Kyle, his wife Natashka, and their three beautiful girls (Nevaeh, Quinn & Sawyer) call home.

In 2015 Kyle, his dad, and his brother combined their farms to make Eskdale Acres Inc. They currently farm 6000 acres in the Leross Area.  They are pedigreed seed growers of cereals, oilseeds, pulses, and spices. Along with growing commercial grains and oilseeds. They also, operate a seed cleaning mill that keeps us busy throughout the winter and spring months.

In Kyle’s area, water management has been non existent and is starting to show the negative effects. These negative effects have resulted in historical productive acres being destroyed due to flooding, soil erosion, and salinity.

Kyle is currently a board of director for IHARF and Saskfsa, and has been since 2015.

 

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DAVID ZERR – PAST PRESIDENT

David Zerr is the owner of a third generation family farm that celebrated it’s centennial in 1998.  David purchased his first quarter of land in 1973 and has been on a C&D Board for 30 years, an RM Councilor for 16 years, a Board member of Smith Creek Watershed Association for 4 years and a founding member of SaskFSA — past President and currently serving as Vice-President.  David is passionate about farming and views the work done by SaskFSA to be the most important initiative in farming today. Through lobbying and working with the Provincial Government, SaskFSA hopes to help develop policies that can work for farmers so that future generations can be involved in sustainable agriculture.  It is imperative that farmers are at the negotiating table when decisions are being made about their industry.

David graduated from University of Regina in 1975 before traveling around the world for 7 months. He’s also had a number of seasonal jobs while farming, including:

  • Worked in INCO smelter in Thompson, Mb.
  • Spent a winter working on a drilling rig in northern Ab.
  • Worked as a Brakeman for CNR for three yrs.
  • Worked as a Corrections Worker at Regina Correctional Centre for 4 yrs
  • Worked as a ski instructor at Big White Ski Area for 5 yrs.
  • General Manager of Duck Mtn. ski area for 5 yrs.
  • Snow school manager at Asessippi ski area for 16 yrs.
  • And says that he’s still looking for something that he’s good at!
 

BLAIR HARRIS – TREASURER

Blair Harris was born in 1963 on his family’s Century farm near Yorkton and currently live 2 miles from his great-grandfathers 1887 homestead.  Blair bought his first quarter of land in 1984 while attending the University of Saskatchewan obtaining his Degree in Agriculture. He chose to major in soil science; without the soil, there is no farming.  His farm is located east of Yorkton along Yorkton Creek which acts as a barometer of the water level in the region.

Blair spent 7 years working at the Sask Crop Insurance head office in Melville.  He was responsible for developing policies and ensuring actuarial soundness of the crop insurance program.  Blair was part of the committees that developed individual coverage programs and insurance on new crops. He was the Sask representative on the national committee to develop the Gross Revenue Insurance Program in the 90s.

For the next 7 years, Blair worked as a Agronomist for a fertilizer company in various parts of the province, Rosetown, North Battleford, Weyburn and back to Yorkton.  He also worked as a private Ag Consultant scouting fields in the summer and assisting farmers complete CAIS forms in the winter.

After getting married to Dolores in 2002, Blair and his wife bought their neighbor’s farm and moved to the country. Since then, I have farmed full time, expanding and taking over management of the family farm which has grown to 3,000 acres.  While most of my land is well drained by the Yorkton Creek, he has also seen the results when it floods. They also have land that is affected by other well intentioned “Conservation” projects.

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CAM WEIBE – BOARD DIRECTOR

Welcome Cam as a new director! Bio to come soon!

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RYAN MAURER – BOARD DIRECTOR

Welcome Ryan as a new director! Bio to come soon!

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HARVEY GUENTHER – BOARD DIRECTOR

Bio to come soon!

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JOE WIDDUP – BOARD DIRECTOR

Welcome Joe as a new director!  Bio to come soon.

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NORM HALL – BOARD DIRECTOR

Bio to come soon!

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CODY REAL – BOARD DIRECTOR

Bio to come soon!

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CANDACE MITSCHKE  PAg – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Candace grew up on a grain and dairy farm that her brothers and their families now own and operate. The farm and her family are part of her, and she still remains involved through farm business and transition planning, support and of course driving the combine every now and then! Candace is a Professional Agrologist and a proud agvocate with a diverse background in many different fields within the agriculture industry. Candace is Executive Director of SaskFSA and also works as a Communication Manager with a crop production retail. She works with farmers every day and considers herself a farmer. Candace believes Agriculture is the best industry to be involved in. She works with SaskFSA not because policy is easy but because she believes in the mandate of the organization, that farmers need a voice and that voice needs to be heard.

Candace’s previous work experience includes swine production research, livestock nutrition formulation, quality assurance programming, forage exporting, functional food market research and product development, field adjusting and crop insurance program development, owning and operating a photography and graphic design business. Candace is now focused on Executive Director for SaskFSA, marketing and communications for Sharpe’s Crop Services and inspiring the next generation to know agriculture through founding and coordinating Learn AG, a hands-on program for students to learn about agriculture!

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In memory of and in tribute to:

Founding SaskFSA Board Director Ken Waldherr

Ken was invaluable to our SaskFSA team. He believed it was important to work with all levels of government in order to ensure that the best policies and actions are taken to protect the interests of farmers and their land. That with the combined voices of like minded farmers we can keep agriculture in Saskatchewan on the right track towards continued growth while responsibly managing our water, land and wildlife resources.

Ken’s dedication to community and agriculture sets a standard for all of us to follow. Thank-you Ken, you will be greatly missed by many.

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