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Owen Roberts

Owen Roberts

Owen Roberts is a journalist and a columnist with daily, weekly and monthly print and online media. His stories and columns appear in RealAgriculture.com, Guelph Today, FCC Express, Orangeville Banner, Woolwich Observer, The Grower, Ontario Pork Retailer News, Country Routes/Erin Advocate, as well as on his blog Urban Cowboy (www.urbancowboy.ca). He is active on social media, particularly through twitter as @theurbancowboy. He is also a freelance travel writer for the Toronto Star.

In the media, Owen typically discusses urban perspectives on agri-food issues. He is vice-president of the 5,000-member International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, which represents journalists in 40 countries, and a senator in the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation.

Owen is an adjunct professor in the Department of Animal Biosciences and the research communications director at the University of Guelph. As well, he serves as editor of the University’s Research magazine. Owen created the popular student-research writing program Students Promoting Awareness of Research Knowledge (SPARK), which celebrated its 25th year in 2014-15. Many of his former students are active in journalism, communications and marketing in Ontario and elsewhere. His programs and research papers have been recognized nationally and internationally through awards from the Journal of Applied Communications, the Association for Communications Excellence and others.

Owen holds a Bachelor of Arts (communications) from the University of Windsor, a Master of Science (rural extension studies) from the University of Guelph, and a Doctor of Education (agricultural education and communications) from Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University. In 2005 he was awarded an honourary life membership by the Ontario Institute of Agrologists.

Recent Work by Owen

Flex your muscles, feed the people

Flex your muscles, feed the people

In this edition of Urban Cowboy, Owen Roberts finds volunteers are in short supply at the Guelph Food Bank
This culture change is hard to swallow

This culture change is hard to swallow

In this edition of Urban Cowboy, Owen Roberts discusses farmers’ strong reaction to Canada’s new trade deal
This entrepreneur has his own skin in this game <b>(6 photos)</b>

This entrepreneur has his own skin in this game (6 photos)

In this edition of Urban Cowboy, Owen Roberts talks to a U of G grad who’s put his heart, soul – and skin – into new stitch-removal technology
Mirexus opens $7.2M facility in Hanlon Creek Business Park

Mirexus opens $7.2M facility in Hanlon Creek Business Park

Trademarked molecule discovered a decade ago will be manufactured in new building
A good sign for better mental health <b>(2 photos)</b>

A good sign for better mental health (2 photos)

In this edition of his Urban Cowboy column, Owen Roberts hears from the designer of a new mental health program logo
Guelph researcher teams up with CTV to unscramble science <b>(4 photos)</b>

Guelph researcher teams up with CTV to unscramble science (4 photos)

In this edition of Urban Cowboy, Owen Roberts talks with Prof. Merritt Turetsky’s about her new 'Science Roundup' show
Italian cooking, bite by byte

Italian cooking, bite by byte

In this edition of Urban Cowboy, Owen Roberts talks to a Guelph cook who’s switched to video to get people back in the kitchen
Trump approval waning among US farmers

Trump approval waning among US farmers

In this edition of Urban Cowboy, Owen Roberts notes how the trade war is demoralizing American food producers
ONTARIO: Thank a farmer. Maybe save a life

ONTARIO: Thank a farmer. Maybe save a life

Ontario farmer Tim May has launched a new grassroots campaign prompted by farmer suicides
Thank a farmer. Maybe save a life

Thank a farmer. Maybe save a life

In this edition of Urban Cowboy, Owen Roberts writes about a new grassroots campaign prompted by farmer suicides