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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

Avoid the 'Trojan horse' of stress on your heart <b>(2 photos)</b>

Avoid the 'Trojan horse' of stress on your heart (2 photos)

In this edition of Urban Cowboy, Owen Roberts writes about a researcher who urges students and others undergoing excessive stress to take breaks
Famous chef turns heads with visit to city, university <b>(3 photos)</b>

Famous chef turns heads with visit to city, university (3 photos)

Celebrity chef Michael Smith visited Valeriote’s Market, Creelman Hall, and McLaughlin Library
United Way wins when university community is 'grapeful' <b>(4 photos)</b>

United Way wins when university community is 'grapeful' (4 photos)

In this week’s Urban Cowboy, Owen Roberts writes about a delicious new event supporting the University of Guelph’s United Way campaign
Chefs turn food waste into gourmet meals <b>(5 photos)</b>

Chefs turn food waste into gourmet meals (5 photos)

In this edition of Urban Cowboy, Owen Roberts discusses Sunday's College Royal event, WastED, where three chefs made gourmet grub from things that normally get little respect as food
Traditional food gets a boost in southwestern Ontario

Traditional food gets a boost in southwestern Ontario

In this Urban Cowboy column, Owen Roberts writes how the “three sisters” fit into a new Indigenous food research effort at the University of Guelph
Open wide and say, 'plant protein'

Open wide and say, 'plant protein'

In this edition of Urban Cowboy, Owen Roberts explains how the university’s food menu will soon feature more meatless options, such as 'sustainable steak burgers'
Thumbs up for agriculture-university partnership renewal <b>(2 photos)</b>

Thumbs up for agriculture-university partnership renewal (2 photos)

In this edition of Urban Cowboy, Owen Roberts feels the partnership 'leaves no doubt the university is indeed Canada’s food university'
Keep it brilliant, keep it simple

Keep it brilliant, keep it simple

This week in Urban Cowboy, Owen Roberts discusses a philosophy of one of the world’s most high-tech farm machinery companies and its belief that modern farmers don't have time for complicated machinery
Young leaders grow where they're planted

Young leaders grow where they're planted

In the latest 'Urban Cowboy', Owen Roberts takes a look at a company willing to stand up and say 'hold my beer, I'll put fuel in that rocket'
Despite big chill, underground world is fired up

Despite big chill, underground world is fired up

In the latest 'Urban Cowboy', Owen Roberts takes a look at cold temperatures can impact the underground world