Marla Riekman is the soil management specialist with Manitoba Agriculture. She earned a bachelor of science degree in agroecology and a master’s degree in soil science, both from the University of Manitoba. Before joining Manitoba Agriculture in 2007, Marla worked as the farm manager for the Manitoba Zero Tillage Research Association and also as a soil conservationist with the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration. Marla’s main focus is to provide extension on soil management issues, including tillage, salinity and compaction. Marla’s passion for soil has even crept into her personal life – she is known to create jewelry with soil in her spare time.