Agronomy Team

Agronomy Team



Jeff Holmes

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As the General Manager of Holmes Agro, Jeff has been providing leadership in the agricultural industry for more than 30 years. He began his career with a Diploma in Agriculture from the University of Guelph, and from there, furthered his management skills by completing another diploma from Humber College. Jeff is well experienced with vegetable crops including carrots, onions, celery, and potatoes, as well as traditional cash crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat and forage crops.

            Shane Williams                  

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Shane graduated from the University of Guelph in 1993 with a degree in Ag Economics. With a balanced knowledge and understanding in the field of cash crop production, Shane’s passion for agriculture helps him to motivate growers to strive to reach their maximum economic production within their operation.  Based out of the Orangeville location, Shane’s hands on experience in his daily activities within his own cash crop and beef operation, along with previous work experience within the industry, helps to bring a solutions-based methodology to producers working with Holmes Agro.

Nicole Van Doornik

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Nicole attended Ridgetown College and graduated in 2013 with a Diploma in Agriculture. She grew up on her families farm near Seaforth growing corn, beans and wheat. Nicole has been involved in many aspects of the business including customer service, working with the Myfarm software and assisting with agronomy questions. She started working with Holmes Agro in the Fall of 2016.





       Taylor Holmes                   

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Taylor has worked with Holmes Agro since the age of fifteen, beginning in operations at the Orangeville location. Since then, Taylor has operated custom application equipment and performed crop scouting between school years. Starting full time in the spring of 2011, Taylor has now become a Certified Crop Advisor for the Redickville and Shelburne areas. His education consists of a Diploma in Agriculture from the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus, and a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Agribusiness from Olds College


           Greg Hodgins                     

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Greg graduated from the University of Guelph in 2002 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Agricultural Business. Greg has been involved in many aspects of the business including inventory managment, customer service and the implementation and continuing development of the MyFarm Software system. As a Certified Crop Advisor, Greg consults with growers in the Holland Marsh on vegetable production, as well as growers in the Orangeville and Shelburne areas. 




         Scott Caughill                     

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Scott is a 4-R Certified Crop Advisor, with a Diploma in Agriculture from the University of Guelph. With the experience of working with Holmes Agro since 2001, Scott has a broad range of expertise in cash crop and vegetable production. While Scott works primarily with growers in Simcoe County through his role as manager of Holmes Agro's Stayner facility. Scott is in continuous pursuit of new ideas and techniques through continuing education opportunities in the industry and regularly implements these strategies in his own cash crop business.

John Lightle

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John Lightle is a 4-R certified crop advisor with a diploma in agriculture from the university of Guelph. John started his career in agriculture with Agrico Canada limited in Orangeville in 1988 which then became Holmes Agro in 1995. John has gained a lot of experience filling many roles with Holmes Agro over the years and is now working at the Stayner location as an agronomist and warehouse manager. John has a keen interest in the benefits of healthy soils and encourages the use of 4-R and best management practices to help our customers increase yields and achieve sustainable agriculture.

        Gord Walker                      

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Gord has been a familiar face in the agricultural industry for a number of years. A University of Guelph graduate in 1968, Gord obtained his Certified Crop Advisor status in 1999, and joined the Holmes Agro team upon the opening of the Stayner branch in 2003. Gord continues to work with growers in the Stayner area. Whether it be family, sports or agriculture, Gord is committed to them all with his wife Ann at his side. Gord has 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and continues to run a successful farming operation

Lydia Noordegraaf

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Lydia started working with Holmes Agro as a Co-op student in 2010. She farms with her family in Clearview Township. Lydia attended Ridgetown College and graduated in 2012 with a Diploma in Agriculture. She continued her education at Olds College in Alberta and received a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Agribusiness in 2014. Lydia has since been working as a Crop Advisor at the Stayner location 


    Travis Clarke                      

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Travis grew up on a family dairy farm in Northumberland County.  Upon selling the quota in 2002, his family continued with cash crops and variety trials with various seed companies.  Travis graduated from the University of Guelph in the spring of 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, majoring in Crop Science.  Travis joined the Holmes Agro team upon graduation and has been involved with the operation of custom application equipment, field scouting, GPS technology, as well as soil sampling. Since joining the Holmes Agro team, Travis achieved his CCA certification in 2014, and in February 2017 achieved his 4R Nutrient Management certification.   


Kristen Williams

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Kristen is new to our team this spring. She graduated from the University of Guelph Honours agriculture program in 2016 focusing in agronomy. Kristen brings her knowledge in corn, soy, wheat, forage, and edible bean crops through summer internships and working on the her family dairy farm in Caledon. Kristen is currently working toward her CCA status.