New Home for Crop Insurance and Department of Agriculture Offices in Humboldt –


Staff, dignitaries and friends gathered at the new Humboldt location for the joint offices of the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) and the Department of Agriculture on May 17. Penny McCall, Assistant Deputy Minister of Agriculture, and Jeff Morrow, Acting President and CEO of SCIC, cut the ribbon to open the new office at 2414 Westwood Drive. The new, spacious and well-appointed location provides an advantage to farmers with the resources of the two agencies working together.

McCall kicked off a light and informal presentation expressing his excitement for the new office and his affinity for the Humboldt area.

“It’s a fantastic day to be here to open this new office in this new community. I’ve always found Humboldt to be an incredibly progressive field. It was always a favorite place to go because I got to learn a lot from the farmers in the area. »

McCall spoke about the department’s and SCIC’s commitment to the welfare of producers and the importance of the agriculture industry to the economy and plans for future growth. She recognized the important role that producers play in the success of the world’s food supply in the face of continuous change.

“We know that the agricultural sector constantly faces challenges. Last year was a drought year, and we don’t know what’s coming this year. It’s great to see that the seeding is underway, the pastures are greening up and there is even water in places. We know producers will continue to face challenges and that is why at the ministry we support our producers however we can.

SCIC’s Jeff Morrow also welcomed visitors to the new space, noting it’s another tangible step in the two agencies’ shared mandate to support farmers.

“The relationship between SCIC and the ministry has been going on for more than 60 years,” he commented. “We have worked alongside the ministry and have built strong relationships between our organizations and with the producers we serve. Together, we are committed to providing effective customer service and business risk management, as well as other programming options.

Morrow acknowledged that these challenges are as variable as Saskatchewan’s weather, noting the shift in support has gone from last year’s dry conditions and low yields in the west to a delayed planting season due to excessive humidity in the east.

The bonus for producers in the new shared space is the ease of connecting and integrating media within a single office. Hillary Luchinski, agri-environment specialist for the Humboldt region, explains.

“We serve the same customers, and sometimes we really don’t think about it. But we notice that if SCIC is serving their customers during their peak sales season or making a lot of complaints, it’s often that they come up and say “my customer is doing this on his farm, and I think you could help him out” .

Even comparing soil analysis across agencies’ respective databases gave farmers greater insight and a “two-for-one” advice advantage.

The enthusiasm around cooperation and synergy was evident, said SCIC Director Bruce Huls. Their commitment to customers was evident and staff were enthusiastic about both the expanded space and the potential for a high level of customer services under one roof.


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