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There’s a better way to conduct research, says ag official

By Robert Arnason, The Western Producer There is a standard formula for agricultural research in Canada: scientist applies for funding, receives funding, does the research and publishes a paper. That model may be the norm, but it’s not particularly effective for spreading knowledge to producers or the public, said Serge Buy, Agricultural Institute of Canada […]

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Agriculture fears being left out of research funding review

By Robert Arnason, The Western Producer A Nobel Prize winner and a co-founder of Blackberry will be part of an independent panel studying how the federal government supports fundamental science. Advocates for agricultural re-search agree such a review is needed, but they are worried the nine-person panel may overlook farming and food. “While we have […]

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More collaborative research model urged

Input from more stakeholders would mean greater and faster innovation for the agriculture sector. By Alex Binkley, The Manitoba Cooperator It’s time for agriculture research to break out of its pipeline approach and look for new ideas wherever it can find them. That means upending the old model where ‘good’ scientific research basically saw data […]

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It’s time to rewrite the book on research

Research has shaped modern agriculture in terms of the crop varieties that are grown and the farm practices of producers. By Alex Binkley, Ontario Farmer Once upon a time, good scientific research might have been seen as data in and new product out with a lot of laboratory work in-between. It’s time to abandon that notion […]

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AIC looks to add clout to new research policy

The group is hopeful that a Liberal promise to boost research spending will become reality. By Alex Binkley, Ontario Farmer The Agricultural Institute of Canada is looking for 100 organizations to support its new research policy before it presents it to the federal and provincial governments, says CEO Serge Buy. “We’ve already lined up a […]

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