Pulse and soybean research position to bring industry to classroom

This unique position will aid to integrate the pulse industry into the university to a greater degree

The Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG) and the University of Manitoba are teaming up to create a new applied research postion to help bridge the gap between classroom and real world.

“We noticed a shortage in applied research capacity,” said Francois Labelle, MPSG executive director. “Our farmers are asking some great questions. This position at the University of Manitoba will help to address these questions, improving farm operations today as well as educating students to assure the future of the pulse and soybean industry is in the hands of well-trained, and highly qualified people.”

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With $400,000 in funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba, along with matching support from MPSG, the faculty of agricultural and food sciences seeks to hire a research agronomist focused on pulse and soybean production issues.

The position will also serve as an agronomist-in-residence, providing real-life dimension to the curriculum and bringing the expertise of a practising professional to the classroom.

Digvir Jayas, vice-president (research and international) and a distinguished professor at the University of Manitoba, says the position will both give students a better connection to industry, which will have positive effects for years to come.

“In turn we are generating a more contemporary and qualified workforce that will benefit the Manitoba agricultural community,” Jayas said.

The research agronomist will design a research program in collaboration with University of Manitoba researchers that addresses best management practices for soybeans, edible beans and field peas with practical relevance and commercial application to Manitoba pulse and soybean farmers, implementing field projects on crop management, input evaluation, pest management and plant nutrition.

The job will also entail interpreting and sharing research results with farmers, extension staff, agribusiness representatives and crop commodity organizations.

The job posting can be found on the University of Manitoba website. The posting closes on August 31, 2016.

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