Yamily Zavala

Soil Health and Crop Specialist, Applied Research Association

Yamily Zavala

Soil Health and Crop Specialist, Applied Research Association

Biography

Dr. Yamily Zavala has managed the Chinook Applied Research Association’s (CARA) crop and soil program for the past seven years and now manages the Soil Health lab. Prior to joining the CARA staff, she was a crop production consultant based out of Ottawa where project work took her to Central and South America as well as points in the south and west of Africa. Early in her career, Yamily was a Soil Scientist for the National Agricultural Research Foundation at the Táchira State Research Center in Venezuela.

Yamily’s extensive international experience in restoring soil fertility and improving cropping systems is supported by an education focused on agriculture and soils. She obtained an Agricultural Engineering degree at a university located in the Venezuelan Andes Mountains. She attended Missouri University achieving a Masters in Agronomy (with a minor in Soil Science) and earned a PhD. in Soil and Plant Nutrition from Cornell University.

Her passion for understanding and improving the health of soils has contributed to improvements in the local agricultural economies where she has worked. In addition to applied research projects, she manages CARA’s Soil Health Lab (CSHL), the first lab of its kind in Western Canada. The CSHL focuses on the evaluation of physical and biological soil properties and allows producers the opportunity for hands-on evaluation of their soils. She is a sought after speaker and has addressed producers across Western Canada on various soil health topics and demonstrations.

Yamily has two beautiful daughters who have supported her throughout her career.

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