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Agrology Update Memo: In Food We Trust?

February 21, 2020

February 21, 2020

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Make sure to update your information on the SIA database. Simply log onto the website using your username and password.


Attention Articling Agrologists: If your milestones and relevant experience are complete, contact the Provincial Office to get access to the last step in the articling program, which is the Professionalism & Ethics online course and final exam.

Once you have completed all milestones including the P&E course and exam, submit the required reporting documents from the Articling Journal along with an online Full Member request to the provincial office. 

Your request will then be reviewed by the Admissions & Registration committee.

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The SIA Office is in the process of scheduling a date for the next admissions and registration committee meeting. Once finalized, the date will be advertised in next week`s Friday's Agrology Update Memo.

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in food we trust?

Register today for the 2020 SIA Convention & AGM to learn more about this topic. Speaker Clinton Monchuk PAg from Farm and Food Care SK  will present on the public's opinions on food safety.

The deadline for early-bird registration is March 15!





   Clinton Monchuk PAg

update on usask
college of agriculture & bioresources dean search

The University of Saskatchewan (USASK) recently announced they have narrowed their search for a new Dean to the following candidates:

  • Dr. Andrew Van Kessel PhD, PAg
    Professor, Animal and Poultry Science, USASK
  • Dr. Iain Gordon
    Honorary Professor, Central Queensland University
    Emeritus Fellow, James Hutton Institute
    Honorary Fellow, CSIRO
  • Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn PhD, PAg
    Professor and Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, College of Agriculture & Bioresources, USASK

As part of the visit and interview process, the following candidates will make a public presentation to the college, university community and external stakeholders on the following topic:

Please share your vision for the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan for the next five years. What steps should be taken to accomplish this vision? How will your own experiences and successes as a leader ensure the success of the college, the university, and your vision?

Public Presentations will take place at the university. The schedule is:

  1. Dr. Andrew Van Kessel PhD, PAg
    February 24, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Room 120, Convocation Hall, Peter McKinnon Building
  2. Dr. Iain Gordon
    February 27, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Health Sciences 1130
  3. Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn PhD, PAg
    March 10, 1:00 to 2:00 pm
    Room 120, Convocation Hall, Peter McKinnon Building

Why Using Your Professional Designation is Important!

The SIA legislative mandate is to “protect the public interest” in all things relating to agriculture, food, and the environment. 

The PAg or TechAg professional designation is the only indicator available to the public to identify those that are qualified, regulated, and can be trusted to provide unbiased, science-based advice.

In 2019, the SIA’s Regulatory Bylaws were amended and the designation Agricultural Technologist was changed to Technical Agrologist. The professional designation is now TechAg.

In 2000, SIA Council made the decision to “modernize” the professional designation and remove the “dot” from PAg. This is consistent with contemporary writing of degrees and professional designations, such as MD, RN, MBA, BSA, PAg, etc.

If you are an articling agrologist, use the designation AAg. If you are an articling technical agrologist, use the designation ATechAg.

Professionalism & Ethics Committee appointments

The SIA is pleased to announce the appointment of David Cubbon PAg, and Juanita Allin PAg, to the Professionalism & Ethics (P & E) Committee.

The committee is responsible for coordinating the P & E course with the articling members, grading completed exams, and ensuring the relevance of the course.

Other members on the committee include David McKerchar PAg, Sandra Shiels PAg, Valerie Pearson PAg (ex-officio), and Patricia Anderson (ex-officio).

featured agrologist

Keaton Silvernagle PAg
Farm Business Representative
G3 Canada Ltd.
Colonsay, SK

As a Farm Business Representative for G3 Canada Ltd., Keaton builds relationships with his customers, purchases their grain, assists with marketing decisions, and helps them create cash flow.
"Having my professional agrologist (PAg) designation allows me to be recognized as a professional in the industry.  My customers know they will receive recommendations by a competent professional.” Read More

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SIA does not pre-determine or pre-approve CPD activities. Each member reports the events and activities that specifically support their declared scope of practice. 
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These opportunities are generally sorted into Agriculture & Food and Bioresources & Environment. However, there may be events and activities that cross sectors.    

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Every member has the responsibility to ensure that the public interest is served by the competent and ethical practice of agrology.

If you are concerned about the conduct or competence of an individual practicing agrology, there are steps that are required before you register a complaint. Go to the Register a Complaint site for more information.


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