AMY SANGSTER, MSc., P.Ag.
Amy works with producers and producer associations to help improve soil health management practices and to promote farm sustainability from a ground up approach. Amy specializes in soil carbon and nitrogen cycling but also has a background in animal science which she uses to promote science based holistic solutions to agricultural issues. In 2011 she was award the Outstanding Young Agrologist Award for 2011 by the Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists.
Amy supports and develops initiatives that encourage developing connections between farmers, researchers and agricultural interest groups. She disseminates production information through factsheets, workshops, producer meetings, farm tours and conferences.
Amy has an undergraduate degree in Animal Science for the former NSAC and a M.Sc. in soil science at the University of Saskatchewan. Amy has spent time as a research technician working on dairy reproduction and rotational grazing research projects and a teaching assistant for a quantitative animal genetics course. She has working experience on many local farms and participated in IAEA exchange where she worked on a 650 cow dairy operation in New Zealand. She also participated in a Rotary Club GSE exchange studying the agricultural industry in Southern Brazil.
Amy has initiated a number of projects including cattle hoof care clinics, pasture tours, promoting an implementing on-farm food safety programs for beef producers and sheep producers, and designing and implementing a sheep production course, “the Modern Shepherd”, through a partnership between NSAC Continuing Education and the sheep producers association of Nova Scotia (SPANS). She has also assisted a number of nutrient management plans and applied research trials. Upcoming work includes applied research trials related to soil properties and processes, developing on-farm soil assessment programs, and continued soil related presentations and publications.