Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO)
"ARIO, as appointed representatives of the agri-food sector, are dedicated to the strategic use of science and innovation to enhance the sustainability and profitability of Ontario's agri-food and rural sectors"
The Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario is a corporate body which reports directly to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. It was created in 1962 by the ARIO Act to:
Provides strategic advice, advocacy and leadership
The Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario provides advice to the Minister on strategic directions for research activities that contribute to prosperous, competitive and sustainable agricultural and food sectors and rural communities in Ontario. ARIO is also an advocate for the future of OMAFRA's research system.
The Institute provided the foundation for, and is a key component of, the OMAFRA Research Advisory Network (ORAN). The Network identifies priorities for OMAFRA funded research and guides research program development.
Research property management
Research stations and infrastructure are an important platform for conducting agri-food research. ARIO owns 14 research stations and 3 agricultural colleges located across Ontario. These facilities provide the capacity for research on a wide variety of agri-food issues. An ARIO-led reinvestment strategy is currently being implemented to revitalize research infrastructure to support demand-driven research. More about the properties
The ARIO Director of Research administers the business and affairs of ARIO and is appointed to the position by the minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
ARIO is comprised of up to 15 members who reflect the broad based nature of Ontario's agri-tech industry such as:
The Institute members are committed to:
A director from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada serves as ex-officio to ARIO. He or she gives ARIO a federal perspective about research activities across Canada.
All government agencies, boards and commissions must publish reports which highlight their activities for a given year. ARIO Annual Reports for 2011-2012 and prior years are available on request.
The Research and Innovation Branch of the ministry provides secretariat support to ARIO and administers research programs on behalf of ARIO. The following staff play a key role:
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