Farm Management and Technology Program

On Friday, June 3rd, Joe Harrel accepted his Farm Management and Technology (FMT) diploma during Spring 2022 Convocation ceremonies for the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Unlike many members of the Class of 2022, however, Harrel will not be seeking employment upon graduation. Truth of the matter is, he is already gainfully employed.

“I own the Speedy Auto Service and the Novus Glass in Kirkland with my partner Andy Arbuckle, and I own and operate Optimum Business Brokers as well,” says Harrel, who was also selected valedictorian by his classmates.

Classified as: Convocation, valedictorian
Published on: 23 Jun 2022

Lachlan, FMT‘22, Ross, FMT’23 and Gavin McDonald, FMT’24, have a long family history with Macdonald. The brothers grew up on Kerrydale Farms established by their ancestor Donald McGillis, an immigrant from the Scottish Highlands, who arrived by canoe on the banks of the Raisin River in Williamstown, Ontario in 1784. Over the next two centuries, the McGillis family grew Kerrydale Farms into a successful operation that is now in the hands of brothers William “Bill” McDonald, FMT’97, and Thomas “Tom,” DipAgr’93 – father to Lachlan, Ross and Gavin. 

Published on: 23 Jun 2022

Paul Meldrum is no doubt a busy man. From establishing a dairy farm from the ground up to working as an agricultural journalist with CBC and CTV, he has been involved in both telling the stories and improving the mechanics of our food systems.

Classified as: Paul Meldrum, Sustainability
Published on: 10 Mar 2022

In 2020, Quebecers spent more than $1.78 billion on frozen and ready-to-eat meals in grocery stores, but how will the rising cost of inflation impact the price of these convenient ready-made meals?

Classified as: Pascal Thériault
Published on: 2 Mar 2022

Congratulations to Farm Management and Technology’s Caitlin MacDougall who has been named Quebec 4-H Volunteer Leader of the Year. Caitlin is currently on educational leave pursuing a Global MBA Candidate at EDHEC Business School in France.

Read the full announcement at 4-H Canada.

Classified as: Caitlin MacDougall, Awards
Published on: 23 Feb 2022

Congratulations to Maxime Leduc, BSc(AgEnvSc)’12, a self-employed consultant in forage systems and Farm Management and Technology Program Lecturer, who has been awarded the Prix Jeune Agronome from l’Ordre des Agronomes du Quebec for his exceptional contributions to Quebec agriculture. Earlier this year Maxime received the Macdonald Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

Classified as: Maxime Leduc, Ordre des Agronomes du Quebec, agrology
Published on: 24 Jan 2022

McGill alumnus Marc-André Isabelle (Dip.FMT, BEng. Bioresource) is a course lecturer in the Farm Management & Technology program. The Isabelle farm in Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec, has evolved and expanded throughout the years, from dairy to strawberries to produce, and most recently launching FestiFleurs, a popular pick-your-own bouquet event.

Classified as: isabelle, farming, alumni
Published on: 4 Aug 2021

Women make up more than 50 per cent of the graduating cohort for first time in program history.

Convocation is a special time and an important milestone in the lives of graduating students. Today’s virtual Convocation ceremony for the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences enjoyed a milestone of a more collective fashion, however.

For the very first time, the graduating cohort from the Farm Management and Technology Program (FMT) was made up of more than 50 per cent women.

Classified as: Kahshennoktha Deer, Sara Bohemen, Lydia Roy, FMT
Published on: 15 Jun 2021

Même si le consommateur est de plus en plus sensibilisé à l’enjeu du gaspillage alimentaire, l’achat de légumes moches demeure un marché de niche au Québec. Pourtant, quand on abandonne un légume laid à la ferme, on ne jette pas seulement une denrée, on gaspille toutes les ressources naturelles et la main-d’œuvre nécessaires pour la produire.

...Pour l’économiste agricole Pascal Thériault, qui enseigne à la faculté des sciences de l’agriculture et de l’environnement de l’Université McGill, il est difficile de pointer un seul coupable.

Classified as: Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security, food wstage, gaspillage alimentaire
Published on: 5 Oct 2020

Phragmite, panais sauvage, herbe à poux, nerprun, renoué du Japon : ce sont toutes des plantes envahissantes, nuisibles à un certain degré, qui prennent de plus en plus de place sur les terres agricoles et parfois même dans nos forêts. Plusieurs sont inconnues de la population générale, mais causent de sérieux maux de tête aux agriculteurs.

Parmi celles-ci, la plus problématique semble être le phragmite, aussi appelé « roseau commun ». On le qualifie parfois de « véritable menace à la biodiversité des lieux humides ».

Classified as: weeds, plantes nuisibles, agriculture
Published on: 3 Aug 2020

Finance titan André Desmarais teams up with rock-star farmer to invest in the future of small organic farming

In the first season of Les Fermiers, a hit French-Canadian TV show about vegetable farming in Hemmingford, Quebec, Dany Bouchard [FMT'08], a young trainee, tells his boss and the show’s star, Jean-Martin Fortier [BA’02, Major in Environment], that there won’t be enough turnips to bring to market that week. “We can’t fight the temperature,” Bouchard says. “We have to be patient.”

Classified as: organic farming
Published on: 4 Feb 2020

Ils détonnent du reste du paysage hivernal : ces arbres, contrairement aux autres, gardent leurs feuilles même après leur mort. Ce phénomène, appelé marcescence, est observable chez certaines espèces d'arbres. MétéoMédia s'est entretenu avec David Wees, chargé de cours au Département des sciences végétales et directeur adjoint du programme Gestion et technologies d’entreprise agricole (GTEA) à l'université McGill.

Published on: 30 Jan 2020

Nouveau livre redacté par David Wees, Département des sciences végétales et Gestion et technologies d’enterprise agricole (FMT)

Classified as: fines herbes
Published on: 24 Jan 2020

Les producteurs semblent plus heureux au travail que la majorité des Québécois. En effet, l’agriculture se positionne au 10e rang des 70 professions et métiers classés au palmarès de l’indice du bonheur au travail réalisé par la firme Léger. Les travailleurs agricoles ont très positivement évalué cinq des six facteurs principaux qui influencent le bonheur au travail : réalisation de soi, relations de travail, reconnaissance, responsabilisation et sentiment d’appartenance.

Appartenance et reconnaissance

Published on: 8 Jan 2020

Keesha Ness’s family certainly knows farming – they’ve been doing it for nearly 100 years and plan to celebrate when they reach that milestone next summer.

Ness is passionate about farming, loves her cows, and plans to follow the family’s tradition.

“I’m definitely hoping to help out with the management side,” says Ness of her family’s Ayrshire dairy farm in Howick, Quebec.

“I really love the management side of it.”

Classified as: farming, dairy cattle, training
Published on: 21 Nov 2019

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