Cedric MacLeod, MSc., PAg

 President, MacLeod Agronomics

 

Grew up in Carleton County, New Brunswick working in the family concrete construction business.  Developed an early love for agriculture with many of the construction jobs being agricultural industry related. Graduated in 1999 with an Soil Science degree from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College.  Graduated 2004 with a Masters of Science Degree from the University of Manitoba.

 

Work Experience

Spent 4-years with the Canadian Pork Council as the National Environmental Programs

Coordinator

Started MacLeod Agronomics in April 2007 as an agri-environmental consulting company for the agricultural sector, specializing in on-farm agronomic services, GHG management consulting for farms and agri-business, renewable energy consulting and energy auditing

 

Farm Life

Managing 150-acres of pasture and forage crops with wife Alanda, Mom, Dad and family.  Producing grass-finished beef for direct market to local customers for 3-years, using intensive rotational grazing systems and extended grazing season concepts



 

Brief Bio:  A.M. Murphy

 

Agnes Murphy, P.Ag,, BSc, MUN, MSc  U of Guelph is a Research Scientist at the AAFC, Potato Research Centre in Fredericton, NB. with more than 25 years experience in plant pathology and potato breeding in eastern Canada.

In this capacity, Ms. Murphy directs hybridizations, evaluates performance and contributes to all aspects of the AAFC national breeding project and Accelerated Release Program with emphasis on improved disease resistance and increased nutritional value.

In collaboration with CFIA and the NL Dept of Natural Resources, selections are assessed for their reaction to the quarantine organisms, wart and golden nematode, as well as for horticultural adaptation in Newfoundland and Labrador.


Matthew Wright

 

Matthew Wright is a third generation Christmas tree farmer, who currently owns and operates a 125 acre Christmas tree farm under the name M. Wright Farm and Forest Products in Nova Scotia.

A big supporter and advocate for the Christmas tree industry acting as the Executive Director of the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia

Treasurer of the Canadian Christmas Tree Grower's Association

Board Member and a Past-President of the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers' Association

Member of the SMART Tree Research Steering Committee

Member of the Executive of the SMART Christmas Tree Research Cooperative Limited

Chaired the Provincial Environment Department Advisory Committee

Second chair of the Natural Resources Advisory Committee

Served on the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Advisory Committee

Member of the Canadian team that resolved international tariff issues in the early 1990's

Developed efficacy data for pest control product registration

Canadian representative to the Annual Canadian Conference for the Minor Use Registration of Pesticides in Canada

Developed specialized equipment for specialized Christmas tree applications

Chaired the initiative to produce the Atlantic Canada Christmas Tree Growers Manual.


Dale McIsaac P. Ag., CNMP

161 Spring Street

Amherst, NS  B4H 4K2

(902) 667-7810

dalemcisaac@eastlink.ca

 

 

PROFILE

 

I have had a long career in Agriculture in the Maritime Provinces. I have worked closely with blueberry growers and am very familiar with field conditions, production management and the problems that blueberry growers are facing and have faced over the years. I have also worked closely with maple industry in Nova Scotia as an extension specialist dealing with industry concerns from the production, marketing and food safety points of view.

 

 

EXPERIENCE

Self Employed 2005-present

  • Consultant to wild blueberry & maple industries & producers in Maritime Provinces
  • Associate of AgraPoint International

 

AgraPoint International Inc. 2003-05

  • Horticulturist
    • Consultant to wild blueberry & maple industries & producers in Nova Scotia

 

Jasper Wyman & Son Canada Limited 2000-03

  • Field Manager, Maritime blueberry operations
    • Responsible for blueberry land development, field management and harvest
    • Work with blueberry grower/suppliers on  production management issues

 

Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture & Marketing 1977-2000

  • Provincial Extension Specialist & Horticulturist
    • Blueberry Specialist
    • Maple Specialist

 

New Brunswick Department of Agriculture and Rural Development 1975-77

  • Area Crop Specialist & Seed Potato Specialist

 

 

MEMBERSHIPS/ASSOCIATIONS

  • Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists
    • Board member & Past-president
  • Agricultural Institute of Canada
  • Maple Producers’ Association of Nova Scotia

o   Member & Treasurer

  • Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture
    • Member of Council of Leaders

 

 

EDUCATION/TRAINING

1973-75        Macdonald College of McGill University

  • Bachelor of Science Degree (Agriculture) majoring in Plant Science (Plant Protection)

1970-73        Nova Scotia Agricultural College

  • Diploma in Agriculture

Over the Years Various

  • Professional upgrading has been & continues to be very important to me. I have taken courses in Nutrient Management Planning & am a Certified Nutrient Management Planner; I have taken 5 levels of training in HACCP & On-Farm Food Safety; I have taken the Ethics & Professionalism Courses put on by the Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists (NSIA) and have taken many Professional Development sessions offered through my past employers, by NSIA and other groups/organizations

 

PUBLISHED PAPERS/CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

·       Current editor of MPANS newsletter for the maple industry in Nova Scotia

·       Editor of The Blueberry Grower’s Handbook

·       Wrote & published several reports, fact sheets, newsletters for the lowbush blueberry and maple industries

·       Presented on several occasions to Wild Blueberry Producers’ Association of Nova Scotia general meetings and field days, and to several Wild Blueberry Association of North America meetings in eastern Canada and Maine

·       Presented on several occasions to the Maple Producers’ Association of Nova Scotia general meetings and tours

·       Presented to several agricultural and woodlot conferences & field days in Atlantic Provinces

 

 

PREVIOUS WORK (business & industry development plans)

·       Wrote and submitted a Nova Scotia Maple Industry Development Project for the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture & Fisheries in 2000-2001

·       Carried out and submitted a Maple Industry Strategic Plan for the Maple Producers’ Association of Nova Scotia in 2005

·       Worked with a group of consultants to carry out a study with recommendations on development of the wild blueberry industry in Newfoundland & Labrador

·       Worked with a group of consultants to develop and write a series of training modules to be used in the wild blueberry industry in Newfoundland

·       Over the years, wrote several development/management plans for lowbush blueberry growers in Atlantic Canada

 

 

REFERENCES:

·       Kevin McCormick, Past President, Maple Producers’ Association of Nova Scotia.

789 Rodney Road, RR# 1, Springhill, NS  B0M 1X0

Phone: 902-597-2645

Fax: 902-597-8228

Email: kevinmccormick@ns.sympatico.ca

 

·       Heather-Anne Grant

86 Indian School Rd, RR# 4, Shubenacadie, NS  B0N 2H0

Phone: 902-758-1843

Email: grant-ballam@ns.sympatico.ca



 

Chris Wien's Research Program

 

 

My research interests fall broadly speaking in the area of vegetable crop physiology and the study of physiological disorders of vegetable crops.

 

In addition, the interaction of crops with associated crops, and with weeds, has been an area of interest.

 

Currently, two major topics are the focus of our research attention: flower development and fruit set of pumpkins, and response of onion varieties to environmental and genetic factors in forming and maturing bulbs.