From Research to Policy: 2017 Rural Symposium Report

Posted on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Written by Valencia Gaspard and Sara Epp

Sixteen graduate students from The University of Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College, Ontario Veterinarian College, and the College of Social and Applied Human Science presented their research to provincial policy makers at the Rural Symposium on February 14th, 2017. Supported by the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD), the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), as well as the Rural Policy Learning Commons (RPLC), this annual initiative allows government decision makers to engage first hand with student researchers who have stake in the future of rural Canada. Rich discussion was had around ideas ranging from farmland preservation, to rural youth retention strategies. To find the symposium's report, review the presentation slides and engage with student presenters via email, visit the Rural Symposium branch of the Libro Professorship in Regional Economic Development website at

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