October 2022

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Our favourite Gentec stories

At the Grill with William Torres: Get your money where your mouth is…how sustainability pays

This month’s At The Grill feature by William Torres (former Research Manager at Cattleland Feedyards and popular presenter at Gentec conferences) presents some options on short- and long-term sustainability. Read more here.

Gene-edited plants get a lighter regulatory touch in Health Canada’s new guidelines for novel foods. What's next?

On May 18, 2022, Health Canada published a fresh set of guidelines on gene-edited crops indicating that genetically-modified plants will no longer be regulated or undergo safety assessments unless they contain foreign DNA. Read more here.

The value of Gentec... "in their words"

This month's, we hear from Gentec Management Advisory Board (MAB) member Bob Kemp as well as Gentec’s MAB Chair and Industry and Scientific Advisory Board Member David Andrews.
As head of a 5th generation AB cow/calf operation, David feels that a critical part of what he can give back to the industry is to ensure that beef producer sentiments feed directly into Gentec’s focus and influence which projects get pursued, and how, at the same time, he feels responsible for carrying results back to producers to ensure that they realize how powerful the genomics tools are in helping them achieve their production goals.
Similarly, Bob (whose “day job” is that of Partner and Vice President of Genetic Programs and R&D for Genesus (a Canadian-based international pork-breeding company)) says his company has a long and profitable history of working with Gentec across projects ranging from improving consumer pork quality to producer profitability.  He gives his time to Gentec partly due to the positive ROI it generates for the livestock industry, and to help make it the renowned world operation it can be.

Our favourite agtech stories


November 1-2. Cattle Drone School, Claresholm, AB
November 1-17. North American International Livestock Exposition. Louisville, KY, USA
November 3-4. Cattle Drone School, | Spruce View, AB
November 9. Chancellor's Forum on Food for the Future. Edmonton, AB 
November 9-11. Agri-Trade Equipment Expo. Red Deer, AB
November 9-12. FarmFair International. Edmonton, AB
November 14-15. MFGA 2022 Regenerative Agriculture Conference. Brandon, MB
November 15-16. Transboundary Grasslands Workshop. Medicine Hat, AB
November 18. Farm Transition Planning. Peace River, AB
November 22-24. Agricultural Excellence Conference (AgEx) 2022. Canmore, AB
November 23. BCRC Webinar. Making the Most of Low-Quality Forage
November 28. Canadian Western Agribition. Regina, SK
November 29-December 1. GrowCanada Conference. Ottawa, ON
November 29-December 2. Canadian Forage and Grassland Association Conference
December 13-15. Western Canada Conference on Soil Health and Grazing. Edmonton, AB
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