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13 November 2017 Shaping Canadian agriculture — a reflection on the future role of agronomists in Canadian agriculture
M.A. Hamel, G. Saindon
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Agronomists are present in many spheres of the agricultural world as plant and soil scientists developing innovative farm practices and technologies that not only boost crop yields but also control pests and weeds while concomitantly protecting the environment. It is a multifaceted profession that spans a spectrum of careers including professional practitioners, educators, scientific researchers, communicators, as well as advisers to farmers. In these roles, agronomists work toward a collective goal where the latest methods and tools for growing crops are implemented into a cropping system that is both profitable and sustainable. They also play a critical role in issues of global concern, including food and water security, air quality and climate change, soil loss and degradation, health and nutrition, animal production, and many others. Agronomists have had a significant influence in shaping the Canadian agricultural landscape. What are the new challenges awaiting agronomists? This article reflects on the past, present, and future of the profession.

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M.A. Hamel and G. Saindon "Shaping Canadian agriculture — a reflection on the future role of agronomists in Canadian agriculture," Canadian Journal of Plant Science 97(6), 957-963, (13 November 2017).
Received: 28 November 2016; Accepted: 1 November 2017; Published: 13 November 2017

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