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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.

Soil Research Projects Gets $600,000 from NSERC

It was announced today that the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) awarded a Strategic Partnership Grant to Prof. Claudia Wagner-Riddle, School of Environmental Sciences.

Wagner-Riddle will use a $614,353 grant to help improve soil quality. She will look at cropping practices that mimic natural ecosystems and improve resiliency to climate change.

Farming can reduce soil quality, even as a growing world requires more food.

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Students Bolster Wikipedia’s Pet Nutrition Content with Science

Wikipedia’s reputation as a go-to source for information is clear in the English site’s statistics; it receives 7.7 billion page views per month, but is it a reputable source for information?

The information on pet nutrition is certainly much more credible today, thanks to Prof. Kate Shoveller’s pet nutrition class that gathered reputable information on 32 different pet nutrition topics for submission to the site.

New SEDRD Director Named

Professor Sean Kelly has been appointed as the new director of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) effective January 1, 2017.

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U of G Researchers Unearthing Methods to Boost Agricultural Soils

University of Guelph environmental science researchers are leading the charge on studies to improve Ontario’s agricultural soil health; a foundation of all life.

Researchers, with the support of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), have dug into a number of projects that will help farmers and society in many areas, including cropping systems that could improve soil health, increase producers’ profit margins, possibly mitigate climate change and provide other environmental benefits.

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Prof Develops Model to Mesh Farming, Ecosystem

Can humans and the natural world co-exist? As human uses increasingly threaten the Earth’s natural spaces, a new ecological model developed by University of Guelph researchers suggests that so-called mosaic ecosystems may be near a “tipping point” and that conserving these landscapes requires taking a longer and more balanced view.

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Young alumna tackles family business succession

After 10 years of working in the family business, Cassandra Loomans, B.Comm. ’07, is preparing to take the lead.

Many OAC alumni families are working through the difficult process of passing down farmland, ownership of a business or leadership of a company. Succession planning may be awkward at times, but when the two generations (or sometimes three) do it right, the process benefits everyone.

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Recap: Communication in Agriculture Symposium

Graduate students from the Department of Plant Agriculture were proud to host the first Canadian chapter of the Dupont-Pioneer Symposia Series on Monday, November 14th at the University of Guelph.        

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