Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions hire new research manager
February 14, 2023 By Top Crop Manager
The Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions welcome Nasima Junejo as their new research manager. As a multi-generational farmer from Pakistan, Junejo’s perspective on advancing agriculture has always been from the tractor seat.
Junejo completed her PhD in nitrogen cycling and fertilizer losses. She continued a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta in a similar field. Junejo is certified in 4R nutrient management and is a registered professional agrologist with the Alberta Institute of Agrologists.
“I am a lifelong learner and enjoy understanding the details of anything I work on; I take pride in investigating context,” says Junejo.
Outside of Junejo’s academic accolades, she has been a leader for producer-facing organizations in Alberta, including SARDA Ag Research and Battle River Research Group (BRRG). Thanks to Junejo’s extensive experience and education, improvements to each organization’s research program were met with expanding capacity and complexity of the research conducted.
“During my time at SARDA Ag Research, I was directly involved with over 72 research projects,” says Junejo. “At BRRG, it was a very challenging role to improve the quality of research with limited capacity and resources. Still, it allowed me to learn and polish my skills further.”
As research is the Wheat and Barley Commissions’ most significant investment, Junejo’s goal is keeping the return for farmers a top priority by focusing on the fundamentals – breeding, production input management, diseases and weed and pest management.
“I am a producer by nature and look to create a bridge between science and the fields in my new role,” says Junejo. “Science is the solution to agriculture’s biggest challenges.”