Professionals Serving Agriculture

Council Leadership – New Appointments Confirmed

The Manitoba Institute of Agrologists Council has appointed officers and committee leads for the coming year. Effective June 9, 2016 the following appointments include:

  • Chair - Darren Keam, P.Ag., Project Manager, Environmental Management, MMM Group Limited
  • Vice-Chair - Casey Fox, P.Ag., Associate Vice-President, Agriculture, Concentra Financial

Committee Leads:

  • Admission and Registration - Wendy McDonald, P.Ag., Customer Service Manager, Parrish & Heimbecker
  • Audit - Lori-Ann Kaminski, P.Ag., Research Manager, MB Wheat & Barley Growers Association and Cereals Canada
  • Governance - Karin Wittenberg, P.Ag., Dean, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • Professional Standards and Compliance - Ray Redfern, P.Ag., President, Redfern Farm Services Ltd.

Committees that need to add new members will soon initiate a selection process. Council will meet on the following dates: September 15, 2016; November 10, 2016; and, February 9, 2017.

New Policy and Process for Senior Level, Experienced Applicants

Council approved a new policy and process at the June 9th meeting that could be more efficient for senior level and experienced applicants to gain full status as Professional/Technical Agrologists.
Eligible applicants may be able to demonstrate they meet requirements more quickly. Examples of applicants who may be invited to follow the new procedure include individuals who:

  • supervise other Agrologists and/or decide on or monitor professional/behavior related policies; and, 
  • university or college faculty member (whose primary work activities include teaching, research, and/or support of graduate students).

Click for more information and eligibility details.

Admission and Registration Activity

Since the beginning of the year the Admission and Registration Committee (ARC) has met twice (March 17 and May 31, 2016). The primary role of the ARC is to administer admission standards and develop policy alternatives for Council consideration.

  • Total files reviewed year to date 2016: 140
  • New application decisions: 34; Not Accepted - 4

Click here for a complete list of recent changes to membership--new members and status change.

A New Progressive Policy: Certified Crop Advisor Program Recognition

Effective immediately, credits for successful completion of the Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Program will be available to new applicants and currently registered members in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. The new policy from the Prairie Agrology regulators is consistent with other efforts to work together on policies and procedures that benefit professionals, their clients and customers, and employers in the region.

The new policy will apply to new applicants for registration as well as current members as follows:

New Applicants who hold a current CCA Designation

Up to six agrology credits (2-3 credit course equivalent value) will be allowed to count toward meeting the education entrance standard (required to gain Professional Agrologist [P.Ag.] title and registration permit to practice).

Request to Change/Add to Area of Practice

Members registered to practice who do not have the formal education to support practice in crop management or related areas and who hold a current CCA designation and wish to practice in the area of Crop Science/Development/Agronomy will be granted recognition as follows:
A maximum of six Agrology credits (2-3 credit course equivalent value) will be allowed to count toward meeting the practice area requirements. Each institute will manage their oversight of practice areas and registration as guided by their respective institute registration protocols.

Continuing Competency

Members who also hold a current CCA designation may also use all related training toward meeting their continuing competency requirements in their respective province.

The new policy is consistent with legislation in the three provinces concerning the practice of Agrology and provides applicants and members with an important way to demonstrate and receive credit recognition for their qualifications. The policy demonstrates how well the CCA Program is related to the practice and regulation of Agrology and helps to clarify professional development and practice issues and opportunities for Agrologists.

Practicing without a Current Registration is Illegal

Only individuals registered with MIA are authorized to work as an Agrologist in Manitoba or use the title “P.Ag.” or “Tech.Ag.” as per section 15 of the Agrologists Act of Manitoba.

See Public Registry of Agrology Professionals

Agrologists Help Put Safe Food on Manitoba Tables

Agrology professionals are helping to put safe food on the table and protect the environment for Manitobans. The Manitoba Institute of Agrologists regulates over 650 professionals in Manitoba who are part of a well-establish network of competent advisors, administrators, teachers and researchers in every province in Canada.

To learn more about how safe competency agrology practice affects you watch this video.

Summary Information for Internationally Educated Agrologists

  • mia_document_checklist_revised_15_jul_2016.pdf
  • ieap_brochure_applicants_2014_web.pdf
  • mia_steps_to_registration_revised_15_jul_2016.pdf