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Definition of Agrology

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Definition of Agrology

For the purposes of the National Education Standard, agrology is defined as the study of and professional practice of those investigating, experimenting with, teaching or providing knowledge and advice on the application of scientific principles involving;

  • Agriculture, and the commercial cultivation of biological resources, including the development, production or processing of plant and animal products;
  • Identification, classification, or management of biophysical resources (soil, water, vegetation, climate and air) under various land use systems;
  • Analysis of the economic, social and environmental requirements for long-term sustainability of various land use systems;
  • Economic and business analyses of agriculture, commercial cultivation of biological resources, and related environmental economics.

At the core of agrology  there is an understanding of agriculture and agri-food, the environment and the economy.  The public relies on agrology professionals for their ethical leadership in providing sustainable, science-based solutions and advice.

Agrology has wide-ranging areas of practice. There are provincial and regional differences in some of the areas of practice as outlined in the websites of the provincial institutes.

Agrology from Coast to Coast

Click on each province. See facts below, including the number of active professional agrologists and registered technologist in agrology (2020), top areas of practice and largest employers (descending order).

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Provinces of Canada - English