With the expansion of soybean acres in the west, Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers and the University of Manitoba are collaborating to address what MPSG has identified as a gap in research.
MPSG is matching $400,000 from the federal and Manitoba governments to fund a five-year soybean and pulse research agronomist position in the U of M’s Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences.
“MPSG identified a need and collaborated to meet that need. We noticed a shortage in applied research capacity,” said Francois Labelle, executive director of Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers. “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.”
The agronomist will design a research program in collaboration with other U of M researchers to help improve production practices for soybeans, edible beans and field peas. The job will also involve sharing results with farmers, extension staff and commodity groups (so there’s a good chance we’ll be seeing this person on the Soybean School and Pulse School.)
This individual will also be an “agronomist-in-residence” at the U of M, bringing practical, real-world expertise to ag classrooms.
“Not only are we enriching our students’ experiential learning through connection to an industry resident, in turn we are generating a more contemporary and qualified workforce that will benefit the Manitoba agricultural community,” said Digvir Jayas, Vice-President (Research and International) and Distinguished Professor at the U of M.
The job posting, which closes August 31, can be found here.