To protect the public, the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists regulates the profession of Agrology in Saskatchewan, by ensuring its safe, competent and ethical practice.
Founded in 1946, the Institute is the self-governing regulator of all 1,400 registered Agrologists and Agricultural Technologists in Saskatchewan. The Agrologists Act, 1994 gives the Institute the mandate and the responsibility to license Agrologists and regulate the practice of Agrology in the province. Only those who are registered in the Institute and who maintain their credentials are entitled to practice Agrology in the province.
The Act also functions to protect the public from fraudulent recommendations by those not qualified or not registered to practice Agrology. Registered professionals, according to the Act, share the responsibility of self-governance so that code of ethics and standards of practice are followed.
Agrology is the application of science to agriculture, bioresources, food and the environment by professionals. The profession of Agrology addresses many of today's critical issues in production agriculture, food safety and environmental quality.
Across Canada, Agrology is a regulated profession, similar to accountants, doctors, engineers and lawyers. Registration to practice Agrology is required in Saskatchewan and most other provinces in Canada. Each province and territory has its own regulator and registration requirements. In Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists is the regulator.
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Objectives of the Institute
The Institute is focused on these objectives, as are outlined by The Agrologists Act, 1994:
History of the Institute
With the passing of the Agrologists Act, in 1946, the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists became a reality. Since that time it has been responsible for ensuring that all those who are practicing Agrology are competent and act in a professional manner.
The Institute was created to recognize the importance of identifying people who were trained to give scientific professional advice to instill public confidence. Under the leadership of Dr. J.B. Harrington1, the Institute defined the practice of Agrology and the activities which would be included in the scope of the profession.
Today this role is still important. The Agrologists Act, 1994 continues to define the role of the Agrologists and Agricultural Technologists in today's society.
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1 First President the Institute & Former Head of the Field Husbandry Department at the University of Saskatchewan