Industry Participation

Stakeholder Consultation

An intensive review of the Agriculture Diploma Curriculum began in January 2015.  There was extensive consultation with industry stakeholders to ensure future Diploma in Agriculture graduates would have the skills to serve and enhance the agri-food industry in Manitoba.

Industry representatives from all sectors, many who are alumni, were involved in the review.  An advisory committee made up of academics, producers, industry members and graduates helped guide the process.

The Director of the School chaired an 11 member Advisory Committee who provided recommendations throughout the curriculum review/development process. Advisory Committee Members included:

Michele Rogalsky Director
School of Agriculture
Jared Carlberg Associate Dean (Academic) & Associate Professor
Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics
Kim Ominski Professor
Department of Animal Science
Doug Cattani Assistant Professor
Department of Plant Science
Colin Penner Farm Management Instructor, School of Agriculture
and Farmer (Elm Creek)
Ryan Chartier Crop Inputs Logistic Manager
Marg Rempel Farmer (St. Anne)
Jim Weir Executive Director
Manitoba Institute of Agrologists
Mark Torchia Director
Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning
Garrett Sawatzky Farm Management Assistant, School of Agriculture
and Farmer (Altona)
Derek Brewin Associate Professor
Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics

The three focus groups that met in January 2015 had representation from farmers from various types of enterprises and employees and managers from a wide variety of agribusinesses.  Alumni were well represented, as were leaders from provincial farm organizations and representatives from the provincial department of Agriculture.

Students and recent alumni participated in surveys that were distributed in 2015.  The focus group that was consulted on the option requirements this spring had representation from academics from several departments and recent alumni from all four program options.  Alumni included farm managers, agribusiness employees and students in the faculty’s degree programs.

Industry Participation

Through focus groups, interviews and surveys, the review identified learning outcomes that graduates of the program would require to meet the needs of the agricultural and food industry in 2020 and beyond.

The learning outcomes identified and incorporated into the new curriculum include:

1.    communication skills, 
2.    critical thinking skills,
3.    leadership skills,
4.    professional business skills,
5.    ability to work effectively in a team,
6.    ability to select and apply appropriate technological tools,
7.    ability to access information and to assess its validity,
8.    ability to apply and integrate information for practical problem-solving and decision-making,
9.    ability to assess the impact of agricultural systems on society and the environment,
10.    knowledge of crop production,
11.    knowledge of livestock production,
12.    knowledge of agricultural economics,
13.    knowledge of agricultural and food systems,
14.    knowledge of agricultural and food policy,
15.    risk management,
16.    financial management,
17.    applying crop and livestock production knowledge in order to make informed management decisions,
18.    practical marketing,
19.    human resource management.