BSc Agr., CCA-ON, 4R NMS, RMS
Deb obtained her BSc (Agr) with a major in Agronomy and an emphasis in soil management from the University of Guelph. She then went on to complete her Certified Crop Adviser certification in 2000. Since then Deb added to that certification by completing the 4R Nutrient Management Specialty and the Resistance Management Specialty. Deb has a broad range of experience from previously working for Cargill and Syngenta in an array of positions. From Agronomist to Account Manager, she understands all aspects of growing a successful crop both from the field and business perspective. She has production expertise in corn, soybeans (including IP), cereals, canola, edible beans, alfalfa, and cover crops. Deb was awarded the Certified Crop Advisor Award of Excellence in 2003. She has served on the Certified Crop Adviser Board of Directors since 2009 and in 2020 served as the Chair of the Board. Deb is currently a Co-Chair for the Provincial Soil Action Group. This group is tasked with creating an implementation plan for Ontario's Agriculture Soil Health and Conservation Strategy. She provides technical expertise to the Plant Health Biosecurity webinars offered by OSCIA. Deb is also a director at the local Grey County Soil and Crop and is the Chair for Grey Bruce Farmers Week. She has also previously served on the Board at AgScape. Most days you will find Deb checking fields as she works with farmers to achieve their cropping and business goals.
Deb owns and operates Agronomy Advantage Inc. and lives on a farm just west of Dundalk, Ontario.
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BSc Agr., Honours Agriculture
Brenna first obtained a diploma in Agriculture from Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa. She then attended the University of Guelph where she completed her BSc in Agriculture, majoring in Honours Agriculture.
Brenna grew up on a cash crop farm just outside of Ridgetown. Her work experience includes crop scouting, agricultural research, working for a crop inputs retailer, and working on her family’s farm. She is very passionate about the agricultural industry and strives to learn more about it every day.
In her spare time, Brenna enjoys helping out on her family’s farm, going four-wheeling, and attempting wood working projects.
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Mary was born and raised in Montreal Qc and studied Social Sciences at John Abbott College. She worked in retail and admin before taking a hiatus to raise 4 children. The family relocated to Ontario in 1996 and soon after she re-entered the workforce in education support roles and as a certified fitness instructor, followed by managerial and administrative roles.
Outside of work Mary enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family, horseback riding, reading and rural life caring for her dogs, chickens, sheep and horse.
HBSc Integrated Science, MSc Plant Agriculture
Katherine completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science with a Specialization in Chemistry and a Minor in Biology at Western University. She also earned a Master of Science in Plant Agriculture from the University of Guelph focussing on micronutrient nutrition of chrysanthemums in greenhouses. She grew up on her family’s beef cattle farm outside of Markdale where her passion for agriculture began. Since then, she worked in vegetable fields near London in a research capacity, and she evaluated best storage practices for beef cattle feed from a mycology perspective. She has also earned prestigious national distinctions for her science fair projects and represented Canada at international competitions. Katherine loves learning, especially topics related to agriculture. In her spare time, she likes to play softball, play piano, and garden. She lives on a farm with her husband, her dog, and beef steers.
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