Magazine Celebrates U of G-OMAFRA Partnership

January 03, 2013 - News Release

The continued benefits to Ontarians from ties between the University of Guelph and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) are highlighted in a new “Agri-Food Yearbook” edition of the University’s Research magazine.

This fourth edition of the OMAFRA yearbook focuses on the U of G-OMAFRA partnership’s return on investment, both in economic terms and in the protection of human health and the environment.

“Nothing is more important than a safe, wholesome food supply,” said Rich Moccia, U of G’s associate vice-president (strategic partnerships), adding that the partnership has led to safer food and better disease monitoring and prevention in Ontario’s livestock and crops.

“In addition to providing critical services, the partnership has maintained its return on investment, contributing to the economic success of Ontario’s $34-billion-a-year agri-food industry.”

The magazine also highlights the expertise, physical capacity and innovative new products developed through the partnership. The articles were written by former and current students in U of G's Students Promoting Awareness of Research Knowledge program.

The yearbook is posted online now, and printed copies will be available later this month. It will also be inserted in the Ontario Farmer newspaper Jan. 22. The cover story provides a glimpse into a future of new and cheaper antibody drugs, produced from modified tobacco plants in greenhouses. Other articles describe the important laboratory programs and clinical veterinary training that help keep livestock healthy and food safe.

Considered an exceptional model of government-university collaborations, the U of G/OMAFRA partnership will ensure Ontario’s continued leadership in agricultural innovation, said Moccia.

OMAFRA support is also critical in allowing the University to explore and make new discoveries that improve Canadians’ health and prosperity, he said.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338.

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