Grain Farmers of Ontario has named Laura Ferrier, a Certified Crop Advisor, as its agronomist. This is a newly created position for the organization that represents the 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat farmers in the province.
Ferrier may be the new agronomist, but she is certainly not new to Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO). Ferrier has previously worked on GFO’s communication team, and is likely a familiar face to many through her work with the Good in Every Grain outreach program.
GFO says in a release it built the agronomist role to “increase its emphasis on productions issues, working with researchers, government and agri-business to ensure Grain Farmers of Ontario farmer-members are provided the most up-to-date information.”
CEO Barry Senft says the role will work to “bridge gaps between research advances and production technology, and advocate for practical solutions that farmers can implement in their farming operations.”
As agronomist, Ferrier (@AustinELaura) will look at current and emerging issues in production agriculture, including precision agriculture, soil health, nutrient management and soil fertility, climate change, and resistance management.