Emo research station under new management

There are changes in the works at the Emo Agricultural Research Station, but you won’t notice anything from the outside.
That was the assessment of John Rowsell, head of northern stations for the University of Guelph’s Kemptville College.
“There will be no changes in the day-to-day activities at Emo or the other stations,” Rowsell said on Thursday from his office at the New Liskeard Agricultural Research Station.
The changes, he said, are strictly at the administrative level and should, in fact, improve the efficiency of the operations at the various stations.
“All of the properties are owned by the province and were managed by the Ontario Realty Corporation,” Rowsell explained. “The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) is the tenant and the University of Guelph is the sub-tenant,” he continued.
“(The University) Guelph and OMAF will be directly involved now,” he remarked.
Under the current restructuring, 14 agricultural research stations—including the one in Emo—and three colleges will be turned over to the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario—an agency that has been around for over 30 years.
The net effect, he said, is to remove one level of management from the operation of the stations, which should make it easier for joint ventures with the private sector in the future like the one currently underway involving Abitibi-Consolidated.
“It’s a good thing,” he stressed.
The changes will take effect as of April 1, 2006.