Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics College of Agriculture and Bioresources University of Saskatchewan
In the fall of 2014, after a wonderful summer in Germany where I interned for agri benchmark, I returned home to defend my M.Sc thesis in Agriculture Economics from the University of Saskatchewan (focus on Canadian grain handling using GIS). Afterwards, I began to work with Dr. Smyth as his Research Assistant. While I thought this might just be a short-term position, as I figure out where my interests truly are in the broad world of agriculture, it has turned into a great opportunity to continue to expand my knowledge in the sector of agriculture, carry out research I never knew I could do, and continuing to learn new skills.
Part of my job has been to manage SAIFood, as well as write and edit the blogs. The other side of my role as Research Officer is to work with Dr. Smyth and his Master students on a set of Saskatchewan crop producer surveys, looking at producers’ crop rotations and their inputs. When I am not busy with these two main projects, I have the great opportunity to work on a number of smaller projects, like looking at the approval processes of GM crops and the advancements of pathogen testing at export positions.