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Warren, William John Finley - 1973
Webster, Alexander James - 2001
Wesson, John Henry - 1973
Wheeler, Seager - 1972
White, William James - 1991
Whitehead, James - 1984
Whiting, Clifford Henry - 1992
Wildeman, Bradley Allan - 2008
Williams, Charles Melville "Red" - 1996
Williams, Sara E. - 2013
Williamson, Lily Campbell - 2007
Willmott, John Carman - 2005

PortraitAlexander James Webster

Jim Webster, who became a senior administrator in Saskatchewan 's Department of Agriculture, grew up on a farm near St. Walburg. After service in the Second World War with the Canadian Navy he graduated with a BSA from the University of Saskatchewan in 1949 and earned a Master's degree in Extension Education from Colorado State University (1953). He served 38 years in the public service of Saskatchewan . Throughout his career he emphasized the importance of working closely with farm families and farm organizations to meet their needs.

His career with the government began as agricultural representative at Tisdale. Six years later he was promoted to assistant director of the agricultural representative branch, moving up to director of the Animal Industry Branch (1965-67) and then director of the Production and Marketing Branch (1967-72). He was instrumental in founding Agricultural Development Corporation (Agdevco) and became its general manager. In 1979 he became deputy minister of the Department of Rural Affairs.

He was a guiding force in the development of Agdevco in the mid 1970s. As part of the agricultural development mandate of this body he led a red meat trade mission to the northwest United States in 1971 and was the leader of a four-man mission to China in 1980.

Jim was founding president of the Canadian Society of Extension in 1960. He is past president of both the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists and, in 1988-89, the Agricultural Institute of Canada. He is a Fellow of the AIC and honorary life member of the Saskatchewan Agricultural Graduates Association and the Saskatchewan Dairy Association.

On retirement Jim established his own company, EXP Consulting Limited. As principal of this firm he has managed many provincial, national and international agricultural projects. Among these studies were Canadian International Development Agency Projects under contract with Agdevco in Zambia , Sudan , Jamaica and China .

Sask Sport honoured Jim with an award for his contributions as a speed skating coach with the Regina Speed Skating Club.

Sponsored for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 2001
by the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists,
Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food and
the Saskatchewan Agricultural Graduates Association

 

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