Dr. Jill Clapperton is a renowned scientist, ecologist and international lecturer. For 25 years, she has collaborated with farmers and agriculture agencies throughout the world, conducting field research trials for new crop varieties as well as biologically based products and developing custom programs to optimize plant productivity and soil health. Formerly the Rhizosphere Ecologist (for 16 years) at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research Centre, she received the Environment Canada Patricia Roberts-Pichette Award for leadership in ecological monitoring. Jill is the CEO and Principal Scientist of Rhizoterra Inc., a company that does short and long-term scientific laboratory and field research. She currently sits as an elected board member of the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association.