April 28th.- Dr. Manish N. Raizada: Beyond Subsistence Farming
The meeting opened @10:00 am with President Julian Sale chairing. This meeting was the first live/hybrid meeting but with the speaker presenting virtually and being projected from computer to an overhead screen. There were 37 members in attendance including three guests: Paul Giroux, Matt Zaduk and Gary Murdock.
Activities – Ken Marchant Ken Marchant informed the members that the Activities Committee is working on scheduling a number of events but the most important at the present time is the Club anniversary luncheon scheduled for Thursday, June 9th, which is regular meeting date and it will follow immediately afterward by our anniversary luncheon. A sign-up sheet is at the welcome table to indicate your intention to attend. We need to have at least 25 members to commit to attend in order to get a discount on the meal. (lasagna and Caesar salad)
Call for Nominations – Frank Webster The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for June 9th, and the new Board of Directors take over following the election. A slate of directors has been proposed but we are calling for further nominations. Please submit nominations to Frank Webster as chair of the nominations committee.
Bio: Dr. Manish Raizada is a professor at the University of Guelph on the Department of Plant Agriculture.
Presentation University of Guelph Prof. Manish Raizada has developed low cost technologies that help farmers in Sub- Saharan Africa and South Asia to utilize natural, biological resources in place of synthetic nitrogen fertilizers and pesticides. Working with farmers on the steep hillsides in the foothills to the Himalayas in Nepal, his team have been able to increase yields and fight climate change.
Following the presentation by Dr. Raizada he answered questions from members.
Next meeting: Thursday, May12, 2022 @10:00 am (social time @9:30 but no coffee will be served) There will be two or three presenters at the next meeting (Martin Keller, Peter Rider and Ilona Feldman) speaking about the population growth in Guelph and how the GRCA region will handle the future of the Regional and Guelph water supply.