New Canadian Agricultural Youth Council

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced the creation of the first Canadian Agricultural Youth Council on January 24, 2020.  This Youth Council will be made up of women and men, aged 18 to 30, from across the country, including representatives of Indigenous communities.

We are looking for young agricultural leaders to share their personal experiences, unique perspectives, and innovative ideas on how to tackle new and emerging issues facing youth in the agriculture and agri-food world.

Please share the attached news release directly with students that may be interested, and display the attached poster publicly to promote the call for applications. The news release includes a link to the AAFC webpage, where those interested can complete an online application to be a member of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council.

As we are attempting to reach as many young Canadians as possible, you may receive this e-mail through multiple sources.

If you have any questions, please contact

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News Release

2020 Annual Plant Science Graduate Student Symposium

This is a friendly reminder for you to register and participate in the 36th Annual Plant Sciences Graduate Student Symposium, which will take place at the U of S on March 13th and March 14th this yearRegistration is FREE (meals will be provided) and the deadline is February 1st, 2020.

Abstracts can be submitted through our website until Feb 15th, 2020.

36th Annual Plant Sciences Graduate Student Symposium (PSGSS) – Plant Sciences Graduate Student Symposium – University of Saskatchewan

More Information The 36th Annual Plant Sciences Graduate Student Symposium brings together graduate students studying various disciplines within the plant sciences together.

You will also find a list and brief description of each of the keynote speakers who have been invited for the symposium: Dr. Gita Coaker (Plant Pathology), Dr. Leon Kochian (Root System Architecture), Dr. David Crowder (Plant-Insect and Plant-Insect-Pathogen Interactions), Dr. Curtis Pozniak (Durum Breeding), and Ms. Jennifer Grenz (Invasive Species Management).

Do not hesitate to contact me or any other PSGSA member if you have any questions.

Looking forward to seeing you there,


Berenice Romero, MSc. candidate



Deadline extended- New UBC Farm Seed Funding for Research

We are pleased to announce our new UBC Farm Seed Funding for Research (UBC Farm SFR). This grant provides short-term support (up to $6,000/one year) for the development of innovative research at the UBC Farm. This research competition aims to support early-stage research and enable preliminary data gathering on any theme.Eligibility & Dates:

  • Applicants must be UBC students, postdocs, research associates or professors NEWto research at the UBC Farm.
  • The research proposal should be in any theme with the only limitation that the research must be carried out at the UBC Farm.
  • Deadline for applications:February 1st, 2020.
  • Grant Adjudication:March 15, 2020.

Find out more:

All the best,

Melanie Kuxdorf (She, Her, Hers)
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Faculty of Land and Food Systems | Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm
The University of British Columbia | Unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Territory
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Promotion of candidate visit on Monday Jan 27 to students

Students are invited to meet and have coffee with the first of four candidates for the Joint Hire (Foresty and LFS) for Lecturer in Communications, Dr. Neil Leveridge on Monday January 27,  McM 350, 11:15 – 11:45. The position is to provide leadership in teaching communication courses, including LFS/FRST 150 Scholarly Writing and Argumentation, to students in both Faculties.

Please also join us for presentations on Monday Jan 27,  by Dr. Leveridge as follows:


McM 258

Teaching Seminar: “The role of the thesis statement in an argumentative essay” and Teaching Philosophy presentation

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Talk on Educational Leadership

We welcome your feedback on Dr. Leveridge.  Please email the Co-chair of the hiring committee, at to request a feedback form if you are unable to attend the presentations.

Dr. Leveridge obtained his  PhD in Educational Technology (Computer Science/Education) from the National Central University in Taiwan.  He has extensive experience teaching first-year foundational writing courses.  His course development experience includes senior level communications at both Master and PhD levels.

For the past 4 years he has been course lead for seven sections of VANT 140, at Vantage College, and  has taught 44 sections of 3 different courses, focusing on 6 different communication genres.  He is the Technology Assistant for the Academic English Program at UBC Vantage College.  One of his project is  “Virtual Reality Learning” supported by UBC’s 3D-Learning Initiative

Christine Scaman  PhD
Associate Professor, Food, Nutrition and Health
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
Room 247, 2205 East Mall | Vancouver British Columbia | V6T 1Z4 Canada
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