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The phase-out of coal and remediation work in the oil and gas sector (such as contamination testing shown below) are creating jobs for agrologists.

Business is booming for agrologists in Alberta

Given the economic woes of Alberta in the past couple of years, David Lloyd has a pretty convincing pitch for anyone considering a career in agronomy. “Since the downturn in the economy, from Jan. 1, 2015, we’ve added 150 to 200 new members a year,” said the CEO and registrar of the Alberta Institute of […] Read more

“Just because you’re a body and don’t have a job, it doesn’t mean you’re the right body to work in an industry that has to have a lot of compassion for animals,

Meat packers desperate for workers despite jump in jobless rate

Farm Vote: There are 1,000 job vacancies at slaughter plants, but Canadians shun them

Despite job losses in other sectors, Canada’s pork industry is still struggling to build a sustainable workforce. “For us in Western Canada, it really comes down to availability of labour,” said Darcy Fitzgerald, executive director at Alberta Pork. “We need to have workers available for us, and often, they’re not Canadian, only because we don’t […] Read more


Schoepp: What’s a more important sector: oil or agriculture?

Take a comprehensive look at the facts and the answer is obvious

As we drove through the blueberry fields and cranberry bogs in southern B.C., I thought of economic generators. What, I wondered, was a bigger sustainable economic generator to our nation: oil or agriculture? An environmental scan of an industry must include the long-term effects on people and the planet. The structures that we employ for […] Read more