Join us for the last webinar in our 2021 series!

In honour of World Soil Day, join our conversation on the importance of soils to mitigate climate change with a leading soil scientist and recognized regenerative agriculture consultant.

Dr. Marie-Élise Samson, Associate Professor in the Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering at Laval University, will discuss the importance of soil health in the context of climate change adaptation and mitigation. More specifically, she will discuss the potential and challenges related to carbon sequestration in Canadian agricultural soils.

Blain Hjertaas, a renowned farmer and consultant in regenerative agriculture and holistic management, will share with us the concrete results of integrating regenerative practices on his farm, such as carbon capture, increased organic matter and soil temperature regulation. He will present his observations of the regeneration cycle of grasslands and the place of ruminants as essential elements of this ecosystem.

Marie-Élise Samson is an agronomist, with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and a master’s degree in soils and environment from Université Laval. As an accomplished Ph.D. candidate, she was awarded the very prestigious Vanier Canada Scholarship for her research on the organic matter cycle in agricultural soils. She then began a postdoctoral fellowship in agroecosystem modelling at the University of Colorado (2021) before obtaining an assistant professor position in the Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering at Laval University in July 2021.

Her areas of expertise include agropedology and biogeochemical cycles of soil organic matter. Her work has allowed her to better anticipate the effect of different agricultural practices on crop yields, soil fertility and carbon storage in agricultural soils.

Blain Hjertaas has been farming for 45 years. For the last 20 years, he undertook the regenerative approach. While semi-retired, Blain still has a farm and a small herd of cows, and also occasionally helps his children on the family farm.

A keen regenerative agriculture teacher, Blain is passionate about soil carbon sequestration and has been measuring soil carbon on his farm and on many others in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. His farm is proudly sequestering more carbon than one Canadian individual’s carbon footprint on every hectare it operates. Recently, Blain and his wife Naomi received an award for outstanding stewardship for the province of Saskatchewan.


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We are pleased to announce that this webinar will be in English with direct translation in french available.