An agronomist by training, Francis Allard earned a college diploma in agro-mechanical engineering technology from Institut de technologie agroalimentaire de Saint-Hyacinthe in 2005. He subsequently obtained a both bachelor's degree in agronomy in 2014 and a master's degree in plant biology in 2017 from Université Laval.
Francis understands the needs of farmers and the challenges they face. A keen interest in field crops led him to pursue a project on winter wheat for his master’s studies. He has developed the skills needed to conduct various projects, trials, and follow-up studies in the field, and to convey his knowledge to a broader audience at conferences and seminars. He also works directly with farmers to transfer technology. Before joining IRDA Francis worked as an agronomist at a corn seed company, where he organized numerous training sessions for farmers, performed field diagnoses, and developed corn and soybean cultivar hybrids adapted to Québec’s climate.
Francis Allard specializes in field crops.