The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciencesí Carman research station was officially named the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm on July 26. The late Dr. Morrison was a professor and renowned weed scientist with the University of Manitoba for 20 years.
A sign noting the farmís new title was unveiled by Dr. Morrisonís wife Joanne and children Stuart, Katie and Brett.
Dr. Morrison, as head of the department of plant science in 1992, led the effort to secure the Carman property as a permanent research farm.
Today, the 406-acre farm located on the west side of Carman serves as an important site for research and collaboration with grower groups and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives personnel, and for extension activities such as the annual Crop Diagnostic School.
Each year approximately one thousand visitors from Manitoba and around the world tour the Carman farm.
The site also includes the University of Manitoba Carman & Region Facility, a teaching, research and extension centre that serves the community and surrounding area.
Dr. Morrisonís research contributions in weed science, especially his groundbreaking research into herbicide resistance, were internationally recognized.
In 1999, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Weed Science Society of America, an international society that he had served for many years.
Also a gifted teacher, he supervised more than 20 graduate students, many of whom now play major roles in the agricultural industry across Canada as researchers, educators and managers in private industry, universities and the public service.
Dr. Morrison left the University of Manitoba in 1996 to become dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Home Economics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton for eight years. He passed away unexpectedly in January 2006.
Homepage photo: Dr. Morrisonís son Stuart gives thanks for the recognition of his father at the July 26 event.