Every year, Olds College of Agriculture and Technology announces a Partner of The Year award.
This year, Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) is the recipient. The award was presented at AgSmart held at Olds, Alta., earlier this week.
The award recognizes the successful joint initiatives undertaken by AFSC and Olds College. Notable projects include initiatives such as drone-based classification of hail damage, analysis of soil moisture probe measurements to address moisture deficiency, and exploration of the relationships between soil moisture, weather patterns, and forage biomass.
Todd Ormann, vice president of development at Olds College, says when they are looking for a partner, there are two things they are looking for: a cultural fit, and a partner that is looking to transform agriculture.
Ormann says the changing outlook of not just producing food but how we produce the food, plays a big part into the two-decade long relationship, as well. “Some things that we will be investigated is how to use technology and data systems to basically manger and monitor, and that may mean better insurance for farmers and ranchers,” he explains. “The intent is not to just do research for research purposes, but also to disseminate that information out the public and to the industry.”
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