About Us

To mark World Soil Day in 2018, a $500,000 donation was made to the University of Guelph to combat declining soil health in Ontario. Under the direction of Profs. Kari Dunfield, Laura Van Eerd, and Claudia Wagner-Riddle, a new outreach initiative was formed with the name Soils at GuelphSoils at Guelph is an effort to increase awareness of research initiatives, facilitate collaboration and knowledge exchange among stakeholders, and to educate on the importance of soil health.

Our Mission

To advance sustainable soil management in Ontario by bridging gaps between farmers, researchers, industry, government, and the general public.

Strategic Advisory Board

Claudia Wagner-Riddle, Soils at Guelph Executive Team Member
Laura Van Eerd, Soils at Guelph Executive Team Member
Kari Dunfield, Soils at Guelph Executive Team Member
Cameron Ogilvie, Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator for Soils at Guelph
Lillie Ann Morris*, Advertising Sales with Glacier FarmMedia
Bob Willcox, President of Glacier FarmMedia* 
Bob Kerr*, farmer from Chatham-Kent
John Cranfield, Associate Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College
Martin Straathof,  Stewardship & Engagement Manager with the Ontario Agricultural College
Anne Verhallen, Soil Management Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs
Marty Vermey, Senior Agronomist with Grain Farmers of Ontario
Angela Straathof, Program Coordinator with the Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association
Ataharul Chowdhury, Faculty member in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Ian McDonald, Crop Innovations Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs
Dan Petker, farmer from Norfolk County
Jo-Anne Rzadki, Conservation Ontario
Rene Van Acker, Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College
Sharon Bowes, AgScape
Andy Van Niekerk, farmer from Simcoe County 
Don Lobb, farmer from Huron County

*Donors