Renewable Resources

Bentley Lecture

17th Bentley Lecture

Sustainable Agriculture – A closer look at pesticides and water.

The long-term sustainability and growth of the Canadian agricultural industry is partially dependent on its compatibility in protecting water resources. As scientific equipment has become more specialized in the past decades, it is now possible to screen our environment for hundreds of pesticides. This presentation highlights some of the water research conducted by Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst and her collaborators in the Prairie Provinces. Examples are shown of the types and concentrations of pesticides that they have (and have not!) detected in environmental matrices such as air, rain, dust, soil, groundwater, and in the water column, suspended sediments and bottom sediments of wetlands and rivers. What is the meaning of these detections from a regulatory perspective and which on-farm strategies will aid in protecting water resources?

Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst

Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst is a professor in the Department of Soil Science, University of Manitoba and the Prairie NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering. She is also the Acting Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba and the director of the NSERC CREATE H2O program for First Nations water and sanitation security.

January 31, 2019

Lecture – Free North Campus, University of Alberta
Exact Lecture Hall TBD
3:00 P.M.


The lecture is named in honor of Dr. Fred Bentley. Dr. Bentley's academic career, mainly at the University of Alberta, spanned over 36 years and included Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture from 1958 to 1968.

Each year the University of Alberta invites a speaker of international renown to present current research and updates in areas relating to soil science, agricultural production methods, and sustainable agriculture. Current students and faculty members as well as members of the public benefit from these presentations.

The purpose of the endowment is to support the Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture. This Lecture Series will allow leading national and international speakers to present novel and innovative research and/or to discuss current issues in sustainable agriculture. The Lecture Series will also provide the opportunity for students to engage in these topical discussions. Funds may be used to provide honoraria, reimburse travel related expenses for the speaker (transportation, accommodation, hosting), and any other expenses related to the lecture series (publicity).