Feds Deserve Kudos for New Research Facility, but Who Will Staff It?



I’m wondering how federal research scientists and agriculture department personnel feel about Ottawa doing a drum roll to officially open the new $10-million state-of-the-art greenhouse facility at the federal Southern Crop Protection and Food Research Centre in London, Ontario.In the big picture, I imagine they feel some sense of pride in the facility. The centre is a long-standing, respected agricultural research icon in southwestern Ontario. It conducts studies in areas such as integrated pest management, bio-based products and processes, genomics and biotechnology, and soil and water quality.This facility will triple its greenhouse capacity. From there, researchers will pursue the likes…

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