To feed seven billion people, Canada needs a research-driven. export-oriented agricultural sector. That’s the perspective of Guelph’s Peter Hannam, who looked into the future some 40 years ago, believed Ontario could grow soybeans in non-traditional regions, and went on to help turn them into the province’s biggest cash crop. Peter was a guest speaker last week at the University of Guelph as part of the plant agriculture department’s New Frontiers seminar. I write about it today in my Urban Cowboy column in the Guelph Mercury.

The photo below of soybeans is from the Ontario Soybean Growers.