Ridgetown professor to enter Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame

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A Ridgetown professor is being enshrined into the hall of fame.

This year, seven agricultural leaders will be inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame. Dr. Peter Sikkema from Ridgetown is one of them.

Dr. Sikkema is a professor of field crop weed management at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus.

In a press release from the OAHF, the group highlighted Sikkema’s outstanding contributions to agriculture in the province as a researcher, teacher, and extension agronomist.

“Dr. Sikkema’s research on weed management has impacted many of Ontario’s field crops including corn, soybeans, cereals and edible beans,” said the release. “He is a world leader in the field of surveillance and management of glyphosate and multiple resistant weeds.”

Also noted was that Dr. Sikkema has conducted more than 3,000 field experiments and has published more peer-reviewed manuscripts on field crop agronomy than any professor in the 146-year history of the Ontario Agricultural College.

“Through his work, he has made a major impact on the sustainability of crop production in Ontario, Canada, North America and around the globe,” reads the release.

Dr. Peter Sikkema was nominated by Dr. Nader Soltani, University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus. He and the six other leaders will be recognized in a virtual induction ceremony on Sunday, June 13, 2021. He was inducted into the Kent Agricultural Hall of Fame back in 2019.

Tickets are free and are available on the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame’s website at www.oahf.on.ca.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News