Moose Jaw has been home for Mark for many years. He and his wife Mary raised their family here while he accumulated close to 25 years of experience working in the agriculture industry. He has experience in both grain procurement and crop inputs with multi-national and independent agricultural businesses.
Mark has always had a passion for the industry and in 2009 he turned his vision and desire of maintaining an independent crop input retail in the Moose Jaw market into reality when he along with wife Mary and business partner Lisa Martin established Prairie Plains Agro Ltd.
Mark understands the value of building relationships with customers and has been doing business with many of the same people over his career. He recognizes the value an experienced, passionate and enthusiastic team brings to the business in servings customers and building trusting, long-term relationships.
Mark's approach to business is reflected in the company's mission statement which provides continual guidance for Prairie Plains Agro:
"To provide crop protection products and superior customer service at a
competitive price while continuing to build trusting relationships with our
customers, suppliers and business associates."
Lisa Martin was raised on a mixed farming operation near Lumsden, Saskatchewan. Following high school she enrolled in the Agri-Business diploma program offered through Lakeland College where she graduated with Honours. With diploma in hand she began employment with an independent agriculture retail in the Lumsden and Moose Jaw area where she developed many of the grower relationships she still enjoys to this day while building knowledge of the business and the agriculture industry. An opportunity to enter the agriculture retail business as a co-owner of Prairie Plains Agro presented itself in 2009. This has allowed her to fulfill what she truly loves to do and considers it an honour to do so with Mark and Mary LaRocque. When she is not in the office she can be found operating a combine or working with cattle. Agriculture is a part of her blood and she enjoys the opportunity to work daily with co-workers, growers, and those in the agriculture industry that share the same passion!
Barry Rapp, PAg, Agronomy Manager for Prairie Plains Agro has spent his career working directly with agriculture producers. Following completion of his Agriculture Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Barry worked for the Provincial Agriculture Department as an Ag Rep/Extension Agrologist in Yorkton, Tisdale, Kindersley and Regina. Since 2004 he has been employed in the agriculture retail industry providing agronomy services to both the business and farm customers.
Barry joined Prairie Plains Agro in the fall of 2012 although this was more of a reunion than a new venture. He had previously worked with both Mark and Lisa in ag retail from 2004 to 2009 during which time they developed both a great working and personal relationship. Barry will tell you he decided to let Mark, Mary and Lisa take the risk and work out the kinks of establishing a new business while he “observed from a safe distance”. It seemed inevitable they would eventually reunite and continue where they left off a few years prior.
Barry enjoys working closely with customers and building knowledge of their individual farm business and resources available to each business. Then local solutions to local production challenges can be found based on individual experience, research results from near and far, and ideas gathered from others in the industry. Currently he is a member of the Provincial Fertility Committee, an appointee to The Hail Insurance Council of Saskatchewan, a Director of the Indian Head Applied Research Foundation (IHARF) and is an executive Branch Member with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists.
Troy McInnis, Agronomy Manager for Prairie Plains Agro, was raised on a mixed farm north of Chaplin, Saskatchewan. After receiving a degree in environmental soils he furthered his education completing his Masters’ degree in soil science at the University of Saskatchewan. Over the past 15 years Troy has been employed in Saskatchewan, working in many areas of agronomy; crop nutrition, fertilizer, canola seed and crop protection.
Having worked with Barry Rapp before, and his past experience as an agronomist in southern Saskatchewan, Troy’s transition to Prairie Plains has been a smooth one. The recent addition of fertilizer to the business also compliments Troy’s skill set, having over ten years of experience as an agronomist with a soil test lab (ALS labs), and more recently with Yara Fertilizer where Troy was responsible for the research, development and agronomic positioning of fertilizer products in western Canada.
Troy is an active member with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists (PAg), is a certified crop advisor (CCA) and sits on the Provincial Soil Fertility Sub-Council. Troy is looking forward to working with local producers in the Moose Jaw area, allowing him to customize agronomic service and products that best meet their needs. Away from the office Troy and his wife Amy enjoy time with their two kids, Liam and Cally, either at the rink, ball diamond, camping or on the ski hill.
Sabrina was born in small town Winchester Ontario. As part of a military family she lived all over Canada as well as overseas. She spent most of her younger years growing up in Saudi Arabia and travelling the world before her family packed up and moved to Moose Jaw in 2001. Since then she has graduated from Peacock collegiate, played numerous years of hockey and is on her way to obtaining her private pilot’s license as a hobby.
Sabrina was first introduced to the agriculture industry booking aerial application at the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport alongside her sister. This led her to the exciting administrative opportunity at Prairie Plains Agro and she is thrilled to learn more about the agriculture retail business. Sabrina’s seven years of employment working in customer service has embedded the value a positive customer experience brings to a business. She is proud to bring a strong commitment to customer service with her to Prairie Plains Agro and thoroughly enjoys the interaction with the business’s valued customers.
When Sabrina isn’t working she enjoys lacing up her skates playing rec hockey, waterskiing, riding her motorcycle and taking the odd hot holiday to escape Saskatchewan’s bitter winters.
Kyle was born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He graduated Vanier Collegiate with a bi-lingual diploma. Kyle was introduced to the Agriculture industry while working at Cargill throughout his high school years. During his time at Cargill he gained valuable experience and realized Agriculture could be a great fit for him. After the completion of high school, Kyle moved to Estevan to pursue a career with Richardson Pioneer, where he spent six years buying grain and building relationship with customers. Kyle decided it was time to try something new, so he moved back to Moose Jaw and became a conductor for CP Rail. His time with CP Rail confirmed the Agriculture industry was a great fit for him and he proudly joined Prairie Plains Agro in 2013 as a Customer Service Rep. Kyle is enjoying learning the Ag Retail business.
Zack was born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. While attending Vanier Collegiate he played hockey and perfected his customer service skills working at New Board Shop. Zack joined the Prairie Plains Agro team in fall of 2011. Over the past years he has logged many miles on the delivery truck and a pile of hours on the forklift. His knowledge about the agriculture industry and the Moose Jaw area have developed during his time with Prairie Plains. Zack takes great pride in making sure our customers get their product in a safe and timely manner. He enjoys working with our customers and thinks the office staff is wonderful! Outside of work, Zack enjoys golfing and playing hockey.