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May 9

The University of Alberta (U of A) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) released COVID-related research updates to stakeholders this week

Posted on May 9 By: Victoria Decker

Both the University of Alberta, Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Science (ALES), and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) released COVID-related research updates to stakeholders this week

Dean of ALES, Stan Blade, indicated that: 

  • Winter semester classes have wrapped up, after a transition to e-learning for the last half of the semester.
  • Given that the Minister of Agriculture & Forestry identified the agri-food value chain as an essential service, and the Premier and the Minister of Environment and Parks identified the need for monitoring and post-COVID-19 diversification in all aspects of agriculture, forestry, and the environment, ALES has worked with the University to develop protocols and processes to allow essential research to continue uninterrupted.
  • Work on and off campus will be assessed by established committees to determine whether or not is can continue and, how to continue it while prioritizing the health and safety of the community, staff and students.

On May 7th, the Assistant Deputy Minister of AAFC, Gilles Saindon, issued a statement to stakeholders including the following:

  • AAFC recently concluded a careful analysis of its field-dependent research projects and identified certain activities for implementation.
  • The type of approved research projects include: co-op, early generation and agronomy trials, integrated pest management research, and environmental sampling
  • AAFC will be reaching out to partners to update the status of specific projects
  • 2020 will not be ‘business-as-usual’ for AAFC given the ongoing public health restrictions

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