Sent by: Strategic and Ministerial Communications, Communications and Consultations BranchRetired AAFC scientist Dr. Vernon Burrows was honoured by China last weekend with a bronze bust likeness unveiled at the China-Canada Agricultural Science and Technology Forum in Baicheng, Jilin Province, China. The bust celebrates his innovations in oat breeding science and outstanding contribution to the friendship between Canada and China.
Dr. Vernon Burrows with his wife (left) and Research Branch A/ADM Jody Aylard (centre) in Baicheng, Jilin Province, China.Dr. Burrows began volunteer consulting to the Baicheng Academy of Agricultural Sciences more than 14 years ago to help develop oat production in areas of northern China where growing conditions were poor due to saline and arid soil. The results of his work have led to increased food security and economic opportunities in this part of China.Dr. REN Changzhong, President of the Baicheng Academy of Agricultural Sciences of Jilin Province and a former student of Dr. Burrows, praised his former teacher; "He is a Canadian agricultural scientist revered by the Chinese people and praised as an international friend in the style of Canada's Dr. Norman Bethune."Dr. Burrows' distinguished career with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) spans more than six decades. He has bred and registered 27 new oat varieties, including the first hairless and hulless oat. He retired from AAFC in 1996, but continues to work in an emeritus capacity as a national and international authority on oat breeding and oat usage.His numerous professional awards include The Order of Canada (2001), The Friendship Award of China (2003), AAFC's Agcellence Award in the Innovation category (2000), and the Agricultural Institute of Canada's prestigious Grindley Medal (1975).The news releaseExternal link, Opens in a new window is available on AAFC Online.
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