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Balance needed in agri-food research in Canada

Agri research in Canada is hamstrung by a shortage of financial and human resources. The Manitoba Cooperator – The pursuit of basic science in agriculture and agri-food has been squeezed out of federal priorities in recent years, speakers told an Agriculture Institute of Canada conference. “Funding remains a challenge for us,” Robert Gordon, dean of the […]

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It’s time for policy direction in agricultural research

While the agricultural community is interested, engaged and eager to begin developing an agricultural research policy, we have observed that, to date, the politicians are absent from such discussions. The Hill Times – July 20, 2015 – Agriculture has, in the past few years, taken a back seat to other issues. Research and scientists rarely […]

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Agriculture researchers aim to put sector on election agenda

Canada needs a long-term research policy with stable funding for its agriculture sector – an issue that must be raised by politicians in the upcoming federal election campaign, scientists and policy advocates say. The pending national agriculture-based research strategy – which included consultations with 1,000 different stakeholders – comes as farm groups continue to push […]

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Media Release: Ag Research Policy Poised to Enhance Canada’s Prospects on International Scene

Ag Community Meets in Ottawa to Develop 21st Century Ag Research Policy July 14, 2015 – As the Agricultural Institute of Canada’s (AIC) National Policy Conference comes to a close, Canada’s top agricultural researchers and experts from a variety of sectors have identified clear directions for the future of agricultural research in Canada. “This is […]

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Ag research under the microscope

The Agricultural Institute of Canada looks at the implications of changing government support Source: Alex Binkley, ONTARIO FARMER Section: News Page: A23 The Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC) is hosting its first national policy conference this summer to take a hard look at what’s happened to agriculture research in recent years and its future direction. […]

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AIC vows quick action on policy

AIC’s CEO Serge Buy gave an interview for The Western Producer about AIC 2015: Leading Innovation and Sustainability, our national policy conference taking place in Ottawa July 12-14.  Read the article here: AIC vows quick action on policy The Western Producer – June 18, 2015 – The Agricultural Institute of Canada wants to have a national […]

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Media Release: Agricultural Institute of Canada Recognizes National Public Service Week

Ottawa, ON – June 15, 2015 – As National Public Service Week is upon us, the Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC) is pleased to recognize the hard work done by public servants to support agricultural research in Canada. Every day, Canada’s agricultural industry benefits from the work undertaken by the thousands of public servants, at […]

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PM Announces Public Service Changes

On Tuesday, January 6th, 2015, the Prime Minister’s office announced that Dr. Siddika Mithani, Assistant Deputy Minister in charge of the Science and Techonology Branch of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), was posted to Environment Canada as the Associate Deputy Minister. We were later informed that Dr. Gilles Saindon takes over as the Interim Assistant […]

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Happy New Year from AIC!

The Agricultural Instiute of Canada wishes everyone a Happy New Year. As Canada is about to make choices in 2015, it is increasingly important to understand what is happening in our agricultural sector as well as the way agricultural research is being promoted, funded and managed in our country. AIC will continue to be an […]

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Media Release: Counterproductive gag on scientists hurts Canada’s reputation

Ottawa, ON – The Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC) is concerned about what a report produced by Simon Fraser University and Evidence for Democracy has revealed. The report alleges that scientists that work for the federal government are not able to speak freely about their work. “Trying to stop discussions on topics like climate change […]

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