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. In the past 2 years Deb added to that certification by successfully 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 from 2009-2019 and now serves as the current Chair of the Board. Deb is also a director at the local Grey County Soil and Crop and is first Vice 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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Ag Mgmt Diploma
Brittany has completed her diploma in Agriculture Management with a major in Marketing from Olds College in Alberta. Her experience includes working for a crop inputs retailer as well as working with Precision Agriculture products. Her passion for the industry and learning continues to lead her in pursuing new skills and education. Brittany resides in Grand Valley and enjoys horseback riding, milking cows and volunteering.
Bachelor of Biology
My name is Hanna Kirchmeir. I grew up in Carinthia, the southernmost province of Austria and I graduated with a Bachelor´s degree in Biology from the University of Vienna. I´m still studying remotely but I´m going to finish my Master´s program in Conservation Biology and Biodiversity Management in November 2020. Settling down in Grey County and volunteering at my neighbour´s farm sparked my interest in agriculture. I enjoy exploring my new environment and everything that lives and grows in it. I have a special interest in weeds, even though they are generally not appreciated by most farmers. I find it fascinating how hardy some of them can be. No matter how tiny their seedlings are, I want to know their names. A lot of them came from Europe, just like myself. My partner and I are currently renovating an old farm house, which has been a lot of work but also a really nice project to tackle together. We're making small progress every day and the house becomes more and more like a home. One of my favorite new things is watching the cows on pasture while enjoying my breakfast at the kitchen table. I look forward to learning more about the region and the local agriculture.
MSc Weed Science
Gareth Davis has a MSc. in weed science from the University of Guelph. He has been working in agriculture for 6 years in roles including agronomy, sales, field research and plant breeding. He looks forward to crop scouting this season. In his spare time he enjoys hunting and fishing.