Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) has named Ashley Honsberger as its new executive director, effective October 9, 2023.
Andrew Graham, the current ED, will retire after a celebrated career spanning 43 years, 33 of those with OSCIA. He served as executive director at Soil and Crop for more than eight years.
Honsberger has 15 years of experience working in the agriculture sector focusing on non-profit leadership. She most recently held the position of executive director for the Poultry Industry Council.
“My career to date has focused on doing good work well,” says Honsberger, “which for me means leveraging funding effectively for maximum impacts, leading teams through times of change and opportunity, and ultimately being focused on how all of these resources help farmers in their endeavours.”
She holds an honours bachelor of arts degree in English language and literature from University of Waterloo and earned a master of science degree in 2015 from the University of Guelph in capacity development and extension, international development studies.
The OSCIA mandate is to facilitate responsible economic management of soil, water, air and crops through development and communication of innovative farming practices.
The organization focuses on producer education and has been delivering stewardship programming to Ontario producers for 36 years, with the top research priority being soil health.