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Bob Bjornerud says he has asked to be not considered for a cabinet portfolio in the next cabinet shuffle. (CBC)

Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud says he's stepping down from cabinet.

Bjornerud, the Saskatchewan Party MLA for Melville-Saltcoats, made the announcement Wednesday at the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities convention in Regina. 

He told delegates he has requested to not be considered for cabinet in the next shuffle. That should mean he'll step down as minister in late May or June, he said.

Bjornerud, who's been agriculture minister since 2007, says he wants to spend more time with his family, including his grandchildren.

Born in 1945, Bjornerud was first elected to the legisalture in 1995 as a Liberal. 

A few years later, he was one of the founding members of the Saskatchewan Party when a group of Liberal and Progressive Conservative MLA merged to form the new party.