Symposium focusing on a better farm

GUELPH – Farmers, researchers and automation industry experts are expected to tackle engineering a better farm at the annual Livestock Research Innovation Corporation (LRIC) symposium on June 20. Dr. Mary Wells, Dean of Engineering at the University of Waterloo, will headline a panel that explores how research from outside the agriculture sector could be used for the benefit of the livestock industry.

Wells will be joined on the panel by Drumbo-area dairy producer Chris McLaren, University of Guelph interim president of research Rene Van Acker, and Darrell Petras, CEO of the Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network. 

The 2024 Early Career Research Award will also be presented at the event. Up to $110,000 is available to faculty from the University of Guelph who are participants in LRIC’s Early Career Mentorship Program and involved with a research project or program that will foster and build knowledge and capacity in the Ontario livestock sector. 

The symposium takes place June 20 at The Grandway Events Centre in Elora, from 9am to noon. Lunch will be provided. Registration is available at