Ian McDonald has been the Applied Research Coordinator for the Field Crops Unit of OMAFRA since 2000 before which he spent 15 years in ag industry as a researcher on new pesticides with Hoechst and Dupont. Since July of 2016 he has been assigned the role of Crop Innovation Specialist with the unit. Ian holds a PhD. In Ag 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 amoung 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. He is co-chair of the FarmSmart franchise of events.
He has a special interest in sustainable agriculture production systems and having the farm sector meet more of societies needs and expectations.