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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BSc. ENVB, MES, CCA-ON
Lyss completed undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Guelph studying plants, insects, and integrated pest management. They conducted research projects in the Biocontrol lab working under Dr. Rebecca Hallet and Dr. Cynthia Scott-Dupree, studying the Swede midge and carrot weevil. While in school, they spent two growing seasons scouting for Deb as an agronomy intern, followed by a couple of years working as a sales agronomist with Sharpe Farm Supplies. During which, they worked on getting their CCA designation. Not having grown up on a farm, Lyss only became involved in the industry when they started beekeeping in 2012, which sparked a passion for agriculture. Other than plants, insects, and agriculture, they are also very passionate, borderline obsessed, with dogs, watching as many dogs as possible in their free time. They will usually remember a farm based on which dog(s) lives there.
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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 living caring for her dogs, chickens, sheep and horse.
I just finished the agriculture diploma program at University of Guelph-Ridgetown Campus, where I took all crops and dairy courses. I grew up in the country between Holstein and Dundalk. My work experience includes many jobs working on dairy farms for the last few years. Very passionate about the agriculture industry and strive to learn more about it every day. In my spare time I love to ride my horse, can usually be found at a rodeo on the weekends in the summer or at the beach. I also love snowmobiling, and spending time on the farm with the cows.
I am currently in my fourth year of Honours Biology at the University of Guelph, focusing on microbiology and agriculture. I grew up on a poultry and cash crop farm near Moorefeild, where I spent my summers working on the farm and learning the ways of agriculture from my parents. I have a wide range of experience from working on a tree farm to microbiological testing in a laboratory. I've developed a passion for the agriculture industry through my upbringing and university and aim to learn more every day. In my spare time I love to hike and camp, try new recipes and read.
I just finished my first year at the University of Guelph pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, majoring in Honours Agriculture. I come from a beef and cash crop farm in Oro-Medonte Ontario. I am excited to be part of the Agronomy Advantage Inc team this summer and look forward to gaining a vast amount of new knowledge. Hope to see you around!