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TOBIN STETSON

Soil and Water Conservation Engineer

PEI Department of Agriculture and Land

  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Dalhousie University
  • PEI farmer of grain and oilseeds

WHILE RECENTLY STARTING HIS POSITION AS A SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION ENGINEER IN 2018, TOBIN BRINGS A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF SKILLS AND PERSPECTIVES TO HIS JOB.

That's because he worked in the construction of infrastructure as a private sector engineer. Additionally, he and his wife produce grain and oilseeds at their farm in Rice Point, PEI, where his family has farmed for generations. With a family now of his own, Tobin hopes to pass down the same work ethic and history to his own kids.

During the growing season, Tobin can be found across the Island, overseeing the construction of soil conservations structures. These projects ensure the soil can better withstand erosion events, protecting the soil’s productivity and the surrounding natural environment. Currently, Tobin is working on a project that looks at the impact of irrigation on crop nitrogen efficiency which could potentially result in lower environmental impacts.

Moving forward, Tobin is excited to see different approaches to cover cropping, reducing tillage, and increasing field topography rehabilitation; this is the process of recovering water and tillage erosion by returning soil to where it came from.

"I truly enjoy collaborating with producers from tip-to-tip, and working to improve the agriculture land on the Island all while protecting the environment."