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OAC GSC: Cross Campus Conference 2019

OAC Graduate Student Council

Thursday, 3 October 2019 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

OAC GSC: Cross Campus Conference 2019

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General Admission 43 Tickets 20 Sep 2019 Free  

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The 2019 OAC GSC Cross Campus Conference will be held from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 3rd at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus. Join your fellow OAC Graduate Students for a fun day of networking and industry tours! Lunch will be provided and transportation arranged for this FREE event!


Event Highlights:


Keynote Speaker: "Data Visualization"

Dr. Mina Kaviani

Dr. Mina Kaviani
, Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph

Dr. Mina Kaviani, a Research Associate in the Department of Plant Agriculture, will discuss strategies for effectively visualizing and presenting data. 



Case Study Competition: "Climate Change: Challenge Accepted"

Case study     


The changing climate poses many challenges in the agricultural sector, but it also creates many new opportunities. In this case study competition, small groups will work together to identify and propose a solution to a climate change challenge. Solutions might include business ideas, education programs, research proposals or more. Groups will then have 3 minutes to give a Dragon's Den style pitch describing their challenge and proposed solution. Pitches will be scored based on the creativity and feasibility of the proposal, presentation style, and incorporation of data visualization. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams! 



Ridgetown Campus Research and Biodigester Tour

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Learn more about the research and sustainability initiatives at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus. We'll start by touring the renewable energy infrastructure on campus, including the 250 kW anaerobic digester (aka "mechanical stomach") that is used to produce continuous and renewable energy for the local electrical grid. Time allowing, we will also tour the campus research plots, greenhouses, and sheep barn to learn about current research and extension activities on campus. 



Crop Research Plots

Additional details will be announced as they are confirmed!



Buis Beef Farm Tour

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Buis Beef Farm is a third-generation family farm south of Chatham, Ontario. They have a mixed farming operation with vegetable crops (sweet-corn, green beans) and field crops (corn and beans & wheat) as well as a herd of 350 beef cows. The Buis Family is known for being innovative in their farming practices, they utilize cover crop grazing, vegetable by-product feeding, ultrasound scanning for fat and marbling content to determine optimal harvest dates, and every animal can be fully traced with an individual ID tag. The Buis Family raises, finishes and sells their beef in their retail store or in special premium markets without the use of hormones or antibiotics.

Buis Family 

Have questions about OAC GSC: Cross Campus Conference 2019? Contact OAC Graduate Student Council

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Ridgetown Campus, University of Guelph
120 Main Street East
Chatham-Kent, ON N0P 2C0

Thursday, 3 October 2019 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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OAC Graduate Student Council

The Ontario Agricultural College Graduate Student Council (OAC GSC) works to create a social and academic network for graduate students in all departments of the OAC. In doing so, the OAC GSC recognizes and respects the diverse and varied cultures and customs of the students, and works to create an inclusive environment for all participants. The goal of the council is to bring departments of the OAC together to be one student group under the OAC, as we all share the common pursuit of further education and food/agricultural/rural community/environmental research.

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