Dan Heaney

Dan Heaney
Nitrous Oxide Emission Reduction Protocol (NERP), Fertilizer Canada

Dan has over thirty years of experience as an agronomist in Western Canada. Dan completed his education at the University of Alberta. He received his BSc. in Agriculture majoring in Agronomy in 1980 followed by an MSc (Soil Fertility) in 1985 and a PhD (Soil Chemistry) in 2001. From 1983 to 1989, he taught soils at the University of Alberta. In 1989, he joined the Soil and Animal Nutrition Laboratory at Alberta Agriculture. He led Alberta Agriculture’s Agronomy Unit a multi-disciplinary research and extension group from 1995 to 2001. He later became branch head of the Crop Diversification Centre North near Edmonton and the Field Crop Development Centre in Lacombe. Dan joined Norwest Labs (later Bodycote Testing Group) in 2003 as vice-president of agriculture with responsibility for all agriculture and food testing services. He started RandomCross Consulting in 2007.

Dan is actively involved in teaching, research, and extension in Western Canada. Among his current interests is facilitating the adoption of on farm carbon offset protocols in Canada and internationally. He is currently part of the review team for the Nitrous Oxide Emission Reduction Protocol (NERP) and developed the on-line training available through Fertilizer Canada. One of the first Accredited Professional Advisors under NERP, Dan is involved in the set-up and verification of several NERP projects, as well as serving on the AIA Practice Standards Committee for greenhouse gas management. He is currently involved in efforts to extend the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Program to Canadian Farmers and served as a 4R Agronomist Advocate for Fertilizer Canada. Several of these projects are aimed at linking farms practicing 4R to supply chains looking to source sustainably produced crop products. Dan is currently Vice President of Global Agronomy for Farmers Edge. In this role he develops and delivers agronomic training programs, provides strategic direction on agronomic issues, guides the research and development program, and mentors young agronomists within the company. One of his key roles is to help position Farmers Edge in the sustainability space.

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