AS A FORMER BEEF AND POTATO FARMER, DANNY’S EXPERIENCE AND INSIGHT ARE VITAL TO THE SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE FIELD, FILLING A MULTUTUDE OF ROLES WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND LAND.
Raised on the family farm, Danny started operations in 1977, where he continued to learn the ins and outs of farming and farm business. He pivoted to government in 2011, taking his work ethic and wealth of knowledge with him. Danny still gets to spend time on farms across the Island, now speaking directly with producers and helping with the development and implementation of new programs focused on sustainability, soil quality and health.
As Agriculture Resource Technician, Danny ensures day to day operations at the department are running smoothly; developing protocol, maintaining equipment, and planning routes. Some of the many programs and services Danny works with include the Alternate Land Use Services Program, the development of Soil Heath Testing services, and the Soil Quality Monitoring Project which gets Danny and his students out in the fields collecting soil samples every summer.
To further his generalist reputation, Danny is also involved in the new Biological Nitrogen Supply Trial. This endeavor looks into the role of microbes in the soil, and how populations can be increased to benefit our agriculture industry and the environment.
"I will always work hard to share my experience and knowledge, and to help Islanders understand the complexity of soil, and how producers work hard managing this resource while dealing with many variables beyond their control."