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Join the conversation around producer-led, results-driven agriculture and agribusiness research. 
Each month, the uLethbridge Agri-Food Summer Series brings producers and researchers together to discuss southern Alberta’s agriculture industry. Hear from the people who know this industry inside and out as they generate ideas and push the boundaries of our region's agriculture potential.
The uLethbridge Agri-Food Summer Speaker Series is presented in partnership with
Alberta Southwest Regional Alliance & Southgrow Regional Economic Development Logos

Upcoming Event

A field of canola against a dark sky
Modern Crop Production: Challenges & Solutions

July 27, 2021 |  5:30 p.m  |  Hosted via Zoom

Growers on the Canadian prairies produce more canola than farmers anywhere else. Used to make everything from vegetable oil to animal feed, the success of this key southern Alberta crop is being threatened by current hot, dry conditions.  

Worried about drought, heat damage and supply issues, today’s producers depend more than ever on guidance from agronomists and soil scientists, and of course improved cultivars, to mitigate downside risks from poor weather and other natural threats.

Do more information and advanced technology actually enable growers to mine soil nutrients more quickly? Will it be enough to sustain productivity in challenging years?

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Danny Le Roy is an associate professor of economics at the University of Lethbridge. He received a BA (Honours) in economics from Carleton University, and his MSc and PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Guelph. He teaches courses in agricultural systems modeling, commodity marketing, agricultural policy and micro-economics. The focus of his research is on livestock production, marketing and trade, emerging markets for irrigation water in southern Alberta, and the impact of renewable energy policies on Canadian agriculture. He has been involved in numerous studies involving systems modelling of farms in Canada and assessments of agricultural policy and trade alternatives.

Tom is a sessional soils instructor and adjunct professor in the Geography & Environment Department at the University of Lethbridge. His previous work includes soil conservation research & extension, and on-farm agriculture retail. He served on the Prairie Provinces and International Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) exam committees. Throughout his career, Dr. Jensen has been active in community and professional organizations, including recent service as a representative on the Nutrients in the Environment Committee of the Canadian Fertilizer Institute. He is a Certified Crop Adviser, and member of the Canadian Society of Soil Science Society, and a Professional Agrologist in the Alberta Institute of Agrologists.

Autumn Barnes (BSc ’09) is an agronomy specialist with the Canola Council of Canada’s (CCC) Crop Production & Innovation team. At the CCC, she works to drive collaboration and innovation in the canola value chain, reducing canola’s ecological footprint while increasing yield. She has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Lethbridge and a diploma in Agriculture Production & Management from Olds College. She has led the canola plant establishment and clubroot portfolios, is the chair of the Canadian Clubroot Steering Committee, and is a board member with the Oldman Watershed Council. Autumn lives in Lethbridge, and spends much of her free time in hiking, biking, camping and skiing with her family in southwest Alberta.

Past Events

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Can we save the planet by directing cattle feed to people?

Featuring uLethbridge researcher Dr. Kim Stanford and Mr. Leighton Kolk of Kolk Farms in Iron Springs, Alta.

Series schedule

August 31

Dr. Shelley Hoover
uLethbridge researcher

Alberta Beekeeper Commission Board

September 28
GIS & Smart-Farming

Dr. Craig Coburn
uLethbridge researcher

Remi Schmaltz (BMgt '06)
Decisive Farming

Supply Chain Logistics & Sustainability

Dr. Mehdi  Jourabchi
uLethbridge researcher

Producer panelist TBC

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Faculty Friday | Dr. Carlos Romero, postdoctoral fellow

This week we're chatting with Dr. Carlos Romero, a postdoctoral fellow doing excellent work in unraveling the complex systems of soil, crops, and land resilience to help people like farmers and policy makers …

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Faculty Friday | Dr. Michele Konschuh, irrigated crop scientist

"Researchers have a role as liaison officers to bring science solutions to people who need them." Wise words from Dr. Michele Konschuh, an irrigated crop scientist from the University of Lethbridge.

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