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Areas of Practice

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Common to Agriculture, Environment, Life Sciences, and Food

Common All

Business management, investment, marketing and supply chains

Involves all aspects of business management, including:

  • Acquisition of investment capital
  • Marketing and market development
  • Management of supply chains


Education, teaching and extension

Involves education rather than applied practice, including:

  • Classroom education or long-distance education associated with a variety of universities and colleges
  • Extension activities and information sharing to government and/or industry personnel, landowners and primary producers


Human resource and operations management

Involves management rather than technical practice, including:

  • Project management
  • Human resource management
  • Budgeting
  • Policy and program development
  • Strategic planning


Project planning and management

Involves work with a diverse group of technical consultants and staff to ensure that project objectives are on time and on budget


  • Project development
  • Planning
  • Initiation controlling and reporting
Regulatory support and consultation

Operates within a regulatory environment

Many who work in this area have expertise in legislation and regulatory requirements

Regulatory support for clients includes consultation in support of development applications and approvals required under legislation such as:

  • The Water Act
  • Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act
  • Agricultural Operations and Practices Act


  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Pre-disturbance assessments
  • Conservation and reclamation plans
  • Reclamation certificate acquisition
  • Public hearings
  • Open houses
Research, technology development, transfer and application

Involves research and development of technologies to enhance the management of agricultural and environmental resources

Involvement may be direct or indirect

Research may be pure research or applied research focusing on a variety of agrology-related interests

Common to Agriculture and Environment

Common AE

Air quality monitoring and management

Involves evaluating the effect of different agricultural and industrial facilities on air quality, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and human health and well-being


  • Managing odour issues associated with intensive livestock operations
  • Effects of acid-generating airborne substances on soil and vegetation


Biosolids, compost and manure management

Core knowledge areas:

  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Soil chemistry and fertility


  • Manage various agricultural, industrial and municipal waste streams
  • Develop land application plans of various waste products (i.e. manures, biosolids)
  • Monitor and assess soil chemical, physical and biological properties
  • Develop policies and programs
  • Develop and manage compost
  • Odour control


Biosystem and agricultural engineering

Involves agricultural design


  • Advise on the use of buildings, structures, machinery and equipment
  • Advise on the development, management and use of waste treatment and ecological systems


Geographic information systems and remote sensing

Involves the collection, analysis and representation of spatial data, used to assist other professionals with:

  • Biophysical resource inventories
  • Pre-disturbance assessments
  • Environmental impact mitigation planning
  • Vegetation/soil management and conservation
  • Reclamation planning
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Nutrient management
  • Crop pest spatial analyses and management
  • Socio-economic impact assessments

Agrology professionals in this area may work for:

  • Environmental impact assessments related to linear developments
  • Oil and gas site developments
  • Intensive livestock operations
  • Precision agricultural management
Greenhouse gas assessment and management

Involves a number of scientific core knowledge areas related to greenhouse gases


  • Evaluate farm gate greenhouse gas sources and sinks
  • Develop sampling plans to monitor and verify success of c-sequestration in agricultural and non-agricultural soils
  • Evaluate wetland sources and sinks
  • Devise management strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions


Laboratory services

Involves providing government and/or industry with laboratory support


  • Sample management
  • Sample preparation and analysis
  • Instrumental analysis
  • Database management
  • Quality assurance and quality control process development and implementation
  • Reporting


Land negotiations, leasing and dispositions

Involves negotiating lease agreements between landowners and companies that want to build infrastructure like well pads, access roads, pipelines, and compressor stations


  • Land use issues
  • Land evaluation systems
  • Land economics
  • Agricultural production systems
  • Contract development
  • Negotiation


Pest management and bio-control

Involves identification and management of pests, including weeds, insects and disease

Focuses on crop and vegetation protection through the application of pest control products and/or bio-control principles

Agrology professionals in this area include:

  • Weed scientists
  • Entomologists
  • Plant pathologists


Range and pasture evaluation, conservation planning and management

Core knowledge areas:

  • Botany
  • Vegetation ecology
  • Soil science
  • Animal science


  • Rangeland inventories involving the identification of vegetation, range conditions, carrying capacity, soil types, utilization patterns, topography and streams
  • Infrastructure improvements such as roads, watering points and fences
  • Rangeland monitoring and assessment of ecosystem health
  • Rangeland reclamation
  • Assess wildlife habitats
  • Develop conservation and management plans
  • Develop policies and programs


Soil fertility evaluation and nutrient management

Core knowledge areas:

  • Soil chemistry and fertility
  • Plant nutrition and physiology
  • Landscape pedology


  • Sample and monitor programs for fertility evaluation
  • Develop nutrient management plans for cropping systems
  • Consult with producers
  • Laboratory analysis
  • Sample handling
  • Fertilizer manufacture and sales


Wetland and riparian area evaluation, conservation planning and management

Core knowledge areas:

  • Wetland and vegetation ecology
  • Soil and plant taxonomy
  • Surface and subsurface hydrology


  • Wetland and riparian ecosystem inventories
  • Monitoring and health assessment
  • Policies and programs for wetland and riparian areas
  • Wetland compensation assessments