Joanna Follings is the new Cereals Specialist with the Field Crop Unit of OMAFRA and has a strong passion for the agriculture industry.
Joanna was raised on a dairy and cash crop farm near Ayr, Ontario. She joined OMAFRA in 2013 as a Research Analyst in the Research and Innovation Branch where she assessed and administered research programs and identified research priorities for Ministry investments related to the Plant Production Systems research theme. She also worked on the ARIO infrastructure strategy, developing an integrated field crops system and was a member of the Multi-Ministry Pollinator Health Working Group.
Her previous work experiences at DuPont Pioneer as a Research Associate and BASF as an Associate Representative provided a foundation for basic agronomic practices in row and horticultural crops. Her previous employment with the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC)
also provided an opportunity to build a strong network across the Ontario agricultural sector while assessing and monitoring a wide range of AAC funded projects.
Joanna completed her M.Sc. in Weed Science from the University of Guelph with a focus on glyphosate resistant giant ragweed in soybeans. Through her Masters research she obtained experience in field and greenhouse research and developed a strong understanding of research methods and practices to support Ontario crop production.