our agronomists

amanda swanson

regina, sk read more

paul thoroughgood

regina, sk read more

ken gross

brandon, mb read more

janine paly

edmonton, ab read more

lyse boisvert

saskatoon, sk read more
 

amanda swanson

Amanda Swanson was raised on a farm north west of Moose Jaw, SK. Her father is a third generation farmer, so agriculture has always been a part of her life. However, she didn’t know she wanted to make a career out of it until she was in university. She was originally thinking of becoming a veterinarian, so she started with Animal Science, but after a semester in Intro to Plants and Soil Science she realized what she wanted to do and switched her major to plant science. Amanda finished her degree in plant sciences/agronomy at the University of Saskatchewan in 2010.

After university she worked as an agronomist for a small retail in southern Saskatchewan. From there she moved out to Alberta and worked as an agronomist for an independent consulting/variable rate company. After completing her term in Alberta, in August 2011, she decided that Moose Jaw was home and took a position working as an agronomist at a retail before taking a position with Ducks Unlimited Canada in May 2012.

Amanda has always been interested in nature and conservation and believes in winter wheat as a great partnership between agriculture and the environment. She believes it is also a great option for farmers because they are able to generate more income than spring-seeded cereals on the same amount of acres, and there are many agronomic benefits.

Amanda currently lives in Moose Jaw with her long-term boyfriend and her four dogs: two Australian Shepherds and two Shetland Sheepdogs. She is very active in conformation shows and all four of her dogs have their Canadian Championships. She also trains and trials in rally, obedience, and agility and plays herding every once in a while. Training and competing with her dogs is her greatest passion.

 

paul thoroughgood

Paul Thoroughgood was born in Moose Jaw, SK. He grew up on his parents’ grain farm, involving him in agriculture since he was old enough to reach his foot to the pedal on any piece of equipment. He attended the University of Saskatchewan until 1991 when he achieved his BSA in Agronomy, after which he worked as farmland manager for Plains Agricultural Services in Weyburn, SK for six years.

In 1997, Paul took the position of regional agrologist of Prairie Canada for Ducks Unlimited Canada and has held the role ever since. He and his wife, Leanne – a civilian contractor with the DND in Moose Jaw – also own and operate a small grain farm south of Moose Jaw.

Paul is an outdoor enthusiast who appreciates the natural environment we often take for granted in Prairie Canada. He believes working with the agricultural industry on environment related issues is extremely exciting as the convergence of customers wanting goods produced in an environmentally sustainable manner and farmers wanting to leave their land in better condition than when they started farming gives conservation groups like Ducks Unlimited Canada a unique opportunity to work with this sector.

One of Paul’s greatest passions is working with young people. Paul’s experience playing university level volleyball has given him the opportunity to coach both school and club volleyball teams in Moose Jaw and Weyburn.

Paul chose to focus on winter wheat as a specialty because he believes it is a crop that has the potential to change agriculture in the Prairies. In addition to being one of his most profitable crops – winter wheat yields 15 to 40 per cent more than spring wheat – he appreciates that winter wheat also lets him start harvest earlier and finish spring seeding earlier as well. Paul finds it rewarding working with individuals to get their first winter wheat crop in the ground and to hear later how great it has been for their farm.

 

ken gross

Ken Gross was born in Brandon, MB. His father was a research scientist at Ag Canada in Brandon, so it was natural for Ken to follow in his footsteps. Ken achieved a Bachelor of Science in Botany from Brandon University in 1985 and a Master’s degree in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan in 1989 for which he conducted his thesis on winter wheat.

After completing his education, Ken was hired by Ducks Unlimited Canada where he has worked for the last 23 years coordinating and promoting winter wheat, forage, and grazing initiatives.

Ken has a lovely wife of 22 years and two beautiful daughters and is an internationally award winning wine maker.

 

janine paly

Janine Paly was born in 1982 in Edmonton, AB and raised north of there on a mixed farm, thus her passion for farming and farm life has flowed through her veins all of her life. She attended Lethbridge College from 2000 to 2002 and graduated with a Plant and Soil Diploma. In 2002 she transferred to the University of Lethbridge where she graduated two years later with a B.Sc. in Agriculture. She later obtained her P.Ag. from Alberta Institute of Agrology in 2012.

After graduating university, Janine decided to venture out and travel the world and took a position with Bayer CropScience in Australia in 2005 to help with their canola seed production season. In 2006, she returned to Canada and worked in the Westlock area with Agricore United as a Customer Service Representative

After a few years in the retail world, Janine knew that her passion was in agronomy, so when an opportunity to promote a valuable crop to producers and industry across Alberta came her way, she couldn’t pass on such an experience. In 2009 she started with Ducks Unlimited Canada as their Winter Wheat Agronomist for Northern Alberta and hasn’t looked back.

Janine, her husband Ian, and their 2 daughters farm in the same area Janine grew up in. She spends her spare time—what little of it there is on the farm—coaching soft ball, gardening, camping and fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

 

lyse boisvert

Lyse Boisvert was born in 1977 in Saskatoon, SK and grew up on an acreage outside of St. Albert, AB, where she enjoyed helping rouging, harvesting, and eating from their large vegetable garden. Growing up, Lyse often helped her father with his small veterinary practice, taking care of the sick patients. She was always interested in husbandry of animals, and she has the philosophy that all plants and animals are beautiful and that we should protect and respect them as precious gifts.

From 2003 to 2008, Lyse attended the University of Saskatchewan, where she achieved a Bachelor of Science in biology. After graduation she took a job with Monsanto Canada as a canola breeder doing small plot research and variety selection. In 2010, Lyse moved on to Cargill as an agronomic advisor.

Lyse has recently joined the Western Winter Wheat Initiative agronomic team and brings with it her appreciation of winter wheat and, as a crop, all of the benefits it brings farmers.

Lyse enjoys spending her spare time with her long-term boyfriend travelling the world, biking, and relaxing at the lake.