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U of G Gets Largest-Ever Gift, $20 Million to Lead Agri-Food Revolution

The University of Guelph has received a $20-million donation from the Arrell Family Foundation to transform the global food economy and further strengthen U of G and Canada as agri-food leaders.

“This landmark gift will allow our University to address the defining challenge of our time: food security, safety and sustainability,” said U of G president Franco Vaccarino.

U of G is the No. 1 agri-food school in Canada, with a 150-year history in agriculture and a global reputation for excellence, Vaccarino said.  “We are uniquely positioned to make a difference.

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Innovation investment needed to grow Canada’s food processing sector

A look at the competitiveness and productivity of our nation’s food manufacturing sector shows a high level of technical efficiency in Canadian firms – but more innovation investment is needed to grow and diversify the industry.

Prof. Getu Hailu, Associate Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, and graduate students Natalia Piedrahita and Zili Lai have been studying the opportunities and challenges facing food processing businesses in Canada.

New Professorship and Scholarships Further a Family Legacy

A new professorship and scholarships have been established to support Eastern and Northern Ontario.

The scholarships and MacSon Professorship in Agronomy for Eastern and Northern Ontario honour a four generation family legacy in agriculture and environmental conservation.

All have been established through the sale of land in Plantagenet, Ontario. Proceeds from the sale were directed into the new scholarships and professorship, which unlocked additional funding that resulted in a $6 million investment to support Eastern and Northern Ontario agriculture and students.

Why Can’t We Get Clean Water to First Nations Communities?

Helping to address what has been called a made-in-Canada water crisis is Prof. Sheri Longboat’s goal as a professor in the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development.

Turn on the tap, and what happens? For most of us in Canada, out comes clean water.

But in some places in this country, it’s not that simple, says Longboat. Out of Canada’s roughly 600 First Nations communities, about one in five are under drinking water advisories, including about 70 communities living under long-term warnings.

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Making better milk through cow behaviour

What if dairy farmers could improve their cows’ health and enhance milk’s nutritional quality through understanding their animals’ feeding behaviour?

That’s what University of Guelph researcher Trevor DeVries is helping them do. He’s the Canada Research Chair in Dairy Cattle Behavior and Welfare and associate professor in the university’s animal biosciences department.

DeVries says through his research, he is focused on the factors that influence cows’ feeding behaviour “and the consequences of that behaviour.”

U of G Researchers Ensure Access to Nutritional Information for Farmed Fish and Aquatic Organisms

Fish farmers across the world now have access to more nutritional information thanks to a new database developed by University of Guelph researchers.

Although specific nutritional requirements for terrestrial animals like cattle, swine and poultry are well known by the producers who raise them, this is not the case for aquaculture. The sheer number of species in aquaculture means that there is a significant gap in the knowledge of nutritional needs of many farmed fish and aquatic organisms.

U of G Research Leaders Get $600,000 in Federal Support

University of Guelph researchers developing innovative ways to do everything from tracking pollinators to studying animals and humans to genetically modifying crops received nearly $600,000 in federal support today.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) will fund six U of G research projects through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). Lloyd Longfield, MP for Guelph, made the announcement on campus today on behalf of Kirsty Duncan, federal minister of science.

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Soup Startup Offers Convenience in a Jar

Convenience food comes in many forms, from frozen dinners to take-out, but a group of entrepreneurial U of G students are hoping to entice hungry consumers with their own take on delivery: soup.

Food science students Brandon Guild and Allan Mai founded Souper, a startup that delivers soup to your door.

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Ridgetown Campus Public Soybean Breeding Program Recognized at Seed of the Year Event

Recognizing the contributions of public breeding, the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus soybean breeding program was honoured at a joint SeCan/ University of Guelph, Seed of the Year event on March 3rd, 2017. Both Ridgetown and Guelph campus research scientists, technicians, and industry colleagues gathered to celebrate the breeding programs four decades of success.

Our Sympathies: Ken Carey

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Dr. Ken Carey on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Ken was a University of Guelph employee for 35 years, acting as research technician for the turf management program since 1987, as well as a sessional lecturer for the Associate Diploma in Tufgrass Management.

Read Ken Carey's obituary here.

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