Our County is a farming community at heart, and we take pride in helping our residents succeed in all their hard work. Our Ag Department helps our farmers by controlling weeds and pests, giving advice and resources, and maintaining the health of our land and waters here in the County.

Each summer, we hire our seasonal Weed and Pest Inspectors, giving young people in the County an opportunity to learn while giving back to their communities.

Our Agricultural Services team are:

Dessa Nicholson, Agricultural Coordinator

Dessa grew up on a cattle and sheep farm in rural Nova Scotia. After graduating from Dalhousie University with a degree in Agriculture in 2014 she moved to Alberta to pursue Agriculture working as a sales representative for Cargill. In 2017, she started working at Saddle Hills County as the Ag Fieldman. As a resident of the County herself, Dessa is deeply invested in ensuring that our communities are healthy and prosperous.


Taryn McNaught, Agricultural Foreman

Taryn grew up in Saddle Hills County on a cattle ranch outside of Woking. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Biology in 2020 and decided to pursue a career in agriculture after spending her summers as a student working in the industry. Taryn started working as the Agricultural Foreman in the spring of 2021. She is committed to working with Saddle Hills County agricultural producers to maintain the health and prosperity of our agricultural community.