Mehrdad chose to travel far from his home in Mashhad, Iran to pursue his studies and interests in agriculture. Now studying crop, horticulture and turfgrass science at U of G, he enjoys spending his time outdoors and studying in Bovey Greenhouse. He plans to return to his father’s farm after graduation to put his new knowledge and skills to work for the betterment of the family business as well as his the local farming community.
The University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus will soon be home to one of the most advanced swine learning facilities in Canada. The 6,600-square-foot Swine Education Centre will open this fall at Ridgetown, offering training and education for agriculture and veterinary technology students and industry producers. The $500,000 project is funded mostly by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs through the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario, with Ontario Pork contributing 20 per cent of the budget.
The OAC Dean's Office is pleased to announce Rhonda Alger as the new Manager, Research Programs for the College. Her secondment will begin in a part-time capacity on July 24, 2017 and in a full-time capacity on August 14, 2017.
A food science professor has received an international award for his work with food hydrocolloids. Prof. Douglas Goff received the 2017 Food Hydrocolloids Trust Medal at the International Hydrocolloids Conference on June 29 in Berlin, Germany.
Ontario will soon be home to the most sophisticated sustainable livestock production research centre in Canada, thanks to a new facility planned by the University of Guelph and the provincial and federal governments. The new $15.5-million Livestock Research and Innovation Centre (LRIC) — Beef Facility is set to open in about 18 months in Elora, Ont. The project involves U of G, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO) and the Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO).
Horse enthusiast Julia Alebrand is a third year Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management (BBRM)- Equine Management student. She loves to involve herself in any and all things horse related, especially planning equine events. Julia hopes to further her education with a master’s when she finishes her undergrad.
Third year landscape architecture student Mark Gordon has a passion for the outdoors. When he isn’t collaborating in the Landscape Architecture studio, Mark spends his free time at the Arboretum or Preservation Park. After university, he hopes to continue his passion for planning to enhance neighbourhoods and improve the ecological function of green spaces.
Global Animal Partnership (GAP) has provided a grant-in-aid of research to the University of Guelph for a two-year research project that will determine and evaluate the parameters necessary for assessing the animal welfare needs of different genetic strains of chicken breeds.
Born animal lover Emma Puckering is a student in the Bachelor of Science - Animal Biology program. Emma splits her free time between helping to showcase the University of Guelph’s campus and diversifying her animal experience through multiple volunteer opportunities. After graduation Emma hopes to continue her education at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
OAC master’s student Shanthanu Krishnakumarhas become the first competitor in the national 3-Minute Thesis contest to win both the annual competition’s top prize and its People’s Choice Award. The competition, now in its fifth year, requires students to explain their work and its relevance within three minutes using only one slide.