Jason actively farms with his brothers on a 4500 acre farm north of Prince Albert growing barley, wheat and canola. He is also a founding owner of Horizon Manufacturing Inc., Saskatchewan's only premium dry pet food manufacturer. Jason earned BSA and a MSc degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan and was previously employed within the provincial department of agriculture, based at the University of Saskatchewan as a research economist responsible to the Agriculture Applied Research Management (AgriARM) program which evaluated and extended research to Saskatchewan producers. Currently, he sits as a board member on the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre Inc., and the Grocer Retail & Foodservice Value Chain Advisory Committee.
Brent and his wife Jenna are the 4th generation to reside on the family farm started over 100 years ago near Strasbourg. The farm consists of 5000 acres of grain land, and a 180 head commercial cow/calf operation. Brent has worked a variety of off farm jobs during the winters including oilfield exploration, drilling and surveying, but currently farms full time and also sits as a Councilor in RM 220, McKillop. Brent is currently SBDC’s representative on the Saskatchewan Variety Performances Group.
Allen farms with his wife Susan and son Wes near the village of Vanguard, Saskatchewan, where they grow wheat, durum, barley, flax and lentils. He also currently serves on the board of Great Western Rail and is the Mayor of the Village of Vanguard. He has previously served as the Chair of the Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan and the Chair of the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission. He is an alumnus of the University of Saskatchewan, holding a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Bachelor of Commerce.
Matt Enns actively farms in a multi-generational grain operation alongside three other owner-operators near Rosthern. The 10,500 acre grain farm has a rotation including canola, wheat, peas and barley and the Sask Valley area is a well-known producer of malting barley. Matt attended the University of Saskatchewan earning a B.Sc. in Physical Therapy while playing out his athletic eligibility with the Huskies, the highlight of which was a national championship in 2004. After graduation, Matt worked as a physiotherapist in Saskatoon and farmed with his Dad. This continued for 10 years until a neighbor’s farm went up for sale; the current partnerships were formed and Matt was able to join the farm full-time. In 2016 Matt happened upon the world of craft beer and saw an avenue to capitalize on their farm's ability to grow premium malting barley. This led to attendance at the "Malt Academy" at Winnipeg's Canadian Malting Barley Technical Center, touring of malting facilities and feasibility studies involving Saskatchewan’s end-users of malting barley. The result was the eventual founding of Maker's Crafted Malts. Maker's is located in Rosthern and is Saskatchewan's only craft malting facility. Matt produced the first commercial batch in January 2018 and together with co-maltster, Steven Maier, service brewers and distillers across Saskatchewan and the prairies. Maker's is a member of the Craft Maltsters Guild and attended the 2019 Craft Malt Conference in Montana where Matt presented on the agronomics and philosophy of growing malt barley and was able to exchange ideas with industry experts. The malting facility has led to numerous opportunities to educate and further the connection between the farm-gate and the general public. In the last year Maker's created the Bow Project to showcase Bow Barley developed at the U of S, spoke in numerous venues (including at CropSphere and Sask Ag's Crop Walks) and was interviewed by mainstream media outlets. Maker’s recently hosted a Farmer/Brewer day touring a field of agronomic and variety trials and bringing end-users to the fields of their production. Matt is passionate about high quality malting barley and believes there are many upcoming opportunities for Saskatchewan growers.
Keith, his brother Kent and their families operate a third generation farm south of Muenster where they grow barley, wheat and canola. Keith studied at the University of Saskatchewan until returning to the family farm in 1985. He worked during the winter at various manufacturing facilities, and in 1991 he started employment at Pound-Maker Agventures during the construction phase of the ethanol plant. Keith has worked in ethanol operations since June of 1991 as a power engineer until taking over duties of Ethanol Plant Manager in December of 2001.
Glenn Wright and his family live on a farm near Vanscoy, SK. Glenn moved out of the city in 2004 and began a grain farming operation from scratch. Glenn didn’t grow up on a farm, but all of his extended family farmed and he was always envious of his cousins. The farming seed was planted in Glenn’s mind at an early age. Glenn has grown cereals, canola, lentils, alfalfa (seed and forage) for many years and has more recently become interested in regenerative agriculture. Glenn has been doing more work with intercropping, reducing input costs, and trying other specialty crops such as camelina. Glenn has been growing hulless feed barley for 7 years, and understands the demands that face barley growers in meeting the needs of distinctive markets. Glenn is broadening his understanding of innovative farming practices as he “learns to do by doing” on his farm. Glenn grew his farm using off-farm income; he worked as an engineer for 20 years in resource extraction before leaving to focus on farming and return to school. Glenn is passionate about continuing his education and is presently pursing a law degree.
Jill joined SaskBarley in May 2014, and comes with a background in international trade, business management, market research and communications. Jill previously worked with Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP), for a private advertising company and most recently as a lecturer and research associate at the University of Saskatchewan, as well as building a real estate investment company with her husband. Jill holds a B.Sc and M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan. Originally from a family farm near Indian Head, Jill and her husband currently reside on an acreage just outside Saskatoon.
Cole is an award-winning communications, marketing, and business development professional. He has used his years of communications experience to direct branding campaigns for farms, agribusinesses, and producer groups throughout Western Canada.