Plant Breeders conduct research in physiology, breeding, yield, production and management of crops and other agricultural plants, shrubs, trees and nursery stock. They also study the plants’ growth in soil and pest control, as well as the soil’s chemical, biological, physical and mineralogical composition, as the soil plays a very important part in plant growth. Plant Breeders may map and classify soil, and investigate the effects of alternative methods on crop productivity.
Plant Breeders perform scientific research using a wide range of techniques to produce new plant varieties and improve the condition of existing plants. The role of Plant Breeders is vital to the industry of agriculture for increasing and maintaining yields in specific crops which are grown for many uses such as pharmaceutical and food.
To qualify for TN Plant Breeder non-immigrant status, the applicant for Plant Breeder profession must have earned, and is able to provide proof of the following educational requirements:
- Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
The applicant for TN Plant Breeder profession must also provide the additional requirements:
- Proof of Canadian citizenship;
- A detailed support letter from prospective employer;
- Proof of intent to return to his/her permanent residence in Canada at the expiration of the temporary TN stay
If the applicant is able to provide evidence of the requirements enumerated above, he/she may qualify for TN Plant Breeder professional status.
A qualified Plant Breeder can obtain TN Professional status for a maximum of three years. Any extension of the status may be issued for up to one year provided that the individual continues to comply with the requirements for TN professionals. The number of extensions has no limit. However, the professional must continue to demonstrate that his/her employment is temporary in nature, and that his/her NAFTA entry is not used to bypass normal procedures of immigration.