1:00PM – Taking Field Learning to the Next Level!

Margaret May

Margaret has an extensive history of program delivery with OSCIA and is current a Regional Program Lead, as well as long standing secretary/treasurer for the local Elgin SCIA.  She is a member of the Ontario Compaction Team and helped organize the successfully delivery of both the Elgin and Dundas County Compaction Days.  She is excited to see this project come to life and about the implications for knowledge transfer it brings.


Dr. Ian McDonald has been the Applied Research Coordinator for the Field Crops Unit of OMAFRA since 2000 and Crops Innovations Specialist since 2016, before which he spent 15 years in ag industry as a researcher on new pesticides with Hoechst and Dupont.

Ian holds a Bsc(Agr.) in Crop Science, an Msc. in Weed Science and a PhD. in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph.

He is involved in the coordination of research and demonstration activities within the OMAFRA Agriculture Development Branch (ADB) Field Crops unit and is involved in scientific review, protocol and project development, data analysis, and reporting among other functions within ADB.

He works with colleagues and partner organizations to find technology tools to enhance producer and advisor knowledge and access to information through research projects, collaborations with academic and farmer partners, online resources and other outreach opportunities. Currently these activities concentrate on:

  • Precision Agriculture
  • Soil Compaction
  • Soil Health
  • Sustainability in Agriculture

He is an integral part of the Ontario Ag. Conference, which is a collaborative effort combing the major Ag conferences: Southwest Agricultural Conference, Eastern Ontario Crops Conference and the Guelph conference. 

He has a special interest in sustainable agriculture production systems and helping the farm sector meet more of society’s needs and expectations for win-win results.