No one can say for sure whether Canada’s 2024 wildfire season will be as devastating as last year, when 15 million hectares of forest burned and over 230,000 people had to be evacuated from their communities, but the relative lack of snow this winter, drought conditions in several regions and an early start to fire season have officials on high alert.

Classified as: Mohammad Reza Alizadeh
Published on: 11 Apr 2024

CBC News interviewed agronomist and economist Pascal Thériault, McGill Farm Management and Technology Program Director, about recent protests by Quebec farmers asking for more government aid as they face rising costs of business and financial hardship.

"There's a need to actually start re-thinking programs to be able to better accommodate for the future over the long run," Thériault told journalists.

Classified as: Pascal Thériault
Published on: 11 Apr 2024

Photo: Anaïs Remili (centre), winner of the Prize for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows, with Valérie Orsat, Acting Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and McGill President, Deep Saini

Classified as: President's Prize for Public Engagement through Media, anais remili
Published on: 11 Apr 2024

In The Conversation, Department of Natural Resource Sciences PhD Candidate Elson Ian Nyl Galang and Dalhousie University Postdoc Lara Cornejo write about their experience gathering a group of leading thinkers in Halifax, near the iconic Bay of Fundy, to set about imagining “what could plausibly happen to the Bay of Fundy coast by 2072.”

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Published on: 11 Apr 2024

On March 21, McGill celebrated 111 laureates at the 19th edition of Bravo, a gala event honouring researchers who won major provincial, national, and international research prizes and awards in 2023. Guests, including researchers, their families and friends, faculty, students, and members of McGill’s academic administration, gathered to celebrate their accomplishments.

Eight of the honourees were from the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences:

Classified as: elena bennett, Anja Geitmann, Pierre Dutilleul, Hosahalli Ramaswamy, Jennifer Ronholm, Harriet Kuhnlein, Daiva Nielsen
Published on: 10 Apr 2024

The Palais des congrès de Montréal honoured five McGill professors at its 2024 ambassadors’ gala for their exceptional contributions to the city’s economic and societal growth. Although there are a few other professors among the total of 14, McGill alone can boast of multiple honourees.

The basis for earning the kudos is the ability to organize large-scale events in Montreal. 

Classified as: elena bennett
Published on: 10 Apr 2024

Congratulations to Macdonald Campus student Manon Fantino who has won the francophone McGill Ma thèse en 180 secondes (MT180) competition and is moving on to represent McGill nationally at the concours ACFAS MT180! Manon is in the second year of her PhD in Human Nutrition.

Classified as: Daiva Nielsen, 3MT/MT180
Published on: 10 Apr 2024

Although Zoey Li, BSc(NutrSc)’17, always had an interest in business, she never expected to launch a company that helps people take charge of their health.

Li, who was recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 in the food and beverage category, built her success on her ability to find opportunities, develop new skills and make connections, as an undergraduate and afterward.

Classified as: Dietetics
Published on: 10 Apr 2024

Macdonald community members gathered at the Ceilidh on Wednesday, April 3, to celebrate the Gold Key Recipients for 2024. Students, staff, friends, and family listened in as Daniil Batanau, Henry Cordoba Novoa, Sara Kosumi, Philippe Leblond, and Henry Lee shared their inspiring stories of how they became involved in community life at Macdonald Campus and how rewarding it has been for them to give back to their fellow students.

Classified as: Gold Key
Published on: 9 Apr 2024

Student engagement was high at the Future of Food Conference in Ottawa, as youth turned out to hear panellists and keynote speeches by stakeholders from across the agriculture value chain.

Several student groups from Queen’s, McGill and the University of Ottawa heard about sustainability, innovation and politics in agriculture at the February event.

McGill Farm Management and Technology student Aidan Velthuis, who grew up on a dairy farm south of Ottawa, attended the conference.

Published on: 9 Apr 2024

It’s possible animals — pets and wildlife alike — will behave unusually during Quebec’s total solar eclipse on April 8 , according to experts on their behaviour.

David Bird, emeritus professor of wildlife biology at McGill University, told the Montreal Gazette that birds, insects and bats are the main groups expected to be affected, or “the main ones that everybody’s sort of keeping an eye on.”

Classified as: David Bird
Published on: 9 Apr 2024

Imagine cows roaming freely in a barn equipped with cameras and sensors linked to artificial intelligence in a system that predicts their mood and lifespan. Implementing such a system is the mission of the new Research and Innovation Chair in Animal Welfare and Artificial Intelligence (WELL-E), created jointly by McGill University and UQAM thanks to $5 million in funding over five years.

Classified as: Elsa Vasseur
Published on: 2 Apr 2024

McGill Farm Management and Technology Program Director Pascal Thériault spoke to Radio-Canada's Le Café Show about what regenerative agriculture is, how it can improve water retention in the soil—an increasingly important consideration as climate change increases the frequency and intensity of drought in the prairies, and its role in carbon capture.

Classified as: Pascal Thériault
Published on: 2 Apr 2024

Rising costs of cocoa due to drought and disease affecting crop yields is proof of how global warming is hitting our pocketbooks, agronomist and economist Pascal Thériault, McGill Farm Management and Technology Program Director, told CBC.

The food system "relies on stability, and what climate change does is it creates situations where nothing is stable," he said.

Classified as: Pascal Thériault
Published on: 2 Apr 2024

What is 3MT/MT180?

In the University-wide 3MT/MT180 competition, graduate students have the chance to showcase their leading-edge research before a live audience. With only three minutes and a single slide, students must engage their audience and convey the complexities of their work to a diverse, non-expert audience. Participants may present their research in English or in French and winners will advance to regional and national competitions.

Classified as: 3MT Competition, 3MT/MT180
Published on: 26 Mar 2024

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