The government of Alberta is investing in research capacity at the Lethbridge College through the Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) program.
Details are currently being finalized for a $2-million agreement that will see the Alberta Irrigation Technology Centre (AITC) and the Brooks Greenhouse transitioned to Lethbridge College.
The agreement will have the post-secondary institution manage the 200 acres and three pivots at the AITC.
Additionally, the Brooks Greenhouse will be transferred as part of the college’s Centre for Applied Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (CARIE).
By working with the college, the AITC and Brooks Greenhouse will be able to offer scientists the opportunity to conduct research at a scale that Alberta farmers can then apply in the field.
Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, says the agreement will strengthen the college’s innovation and research capabilities.
“It will strengthen Lethbridge College’s research efforts, while providing a new way for students, researchers, and industry to work together on the AITC and CARIE facilities,” he said at the announcement Thursday morning. “This new environment will strengthen learning and research while also providing real-world instruction and research opportunities for Alberta’s agricultural industry.”