Agriculture symposium in Bible Hill open to the public Thursday

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BIBLE HILL – A symposium organized by Dalhousie Agricultural Campus (Dal AC) students is open to the public Thursday.

Robyn McCallum, 23, president of the university’s student association and a masters student studying bees in blueberry fields, confirmed the agricultural-based symposium will cover many topics and is open and free to the public. It will be held in Jenkins Hall on the Dal AC campus on College Road between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. People can drop in at any time.

Guest speakers will discuss a number of topics throughout the day, including genetics, entomology, organic farming, aquaculture, working with producers, soil management, farming systems and challenges and opportunities in the industry, to name a few.

“It’s the first annual event and we hope to make it an annual tradition,” said McCallum, who is one of the students co-ordinating the symposium. “As scientists, communication is critical and we need to be aware of other specialties. We need to do a better job of networking because we may need to collaborate in the future.”

There’s an estimated 50 Dal AC students signed up for the symposium, as well as some professors. However, McCallum stresses the information will be of interest to the public as well because the topics touch on local as well as global issues.

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Geographic location: Bible Hill

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