Lethbridge College has received more than $2 million in federal funding through PrairiesCan to complete development of its new the Agriculture Research Innovation Facility, a Jan. 19 news release said. The funding will also be used to hire skilled personnel to operate the state-of-the-art agriculture research laboratory.
“This project gives our researchers on-campus research capabilities that have never been available before and will allow them to undertake testing that will expedite results and further enhance reporting to industry through our affordable and accessible services,” Kenny Corscadden, vice-president of research and partnerships at Lethbridge College, said in the release.
The release noted that Lethbridge College’s Agriculture Research Innovation Facility is in the former Farm Stewardship Centre, which is located on the south end of the college campus and was acquired by the college from Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation last year. It has become a hub for agriculture research and innovation, with the Centre for Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship creating research offices in the building in addition to building seven research laboratories and one collaborative workshop space.
Lethbridge College has secured more than $4 million in specialized laboratory equipment for the new labs through grants from the federal and provincial governments, the release said. Teams from the college’s Aquaculture Centre of Excellence, Centre for Sustainable Food Production, Advanced Post-harvest Technology Centre, and Mueller Irrigation Group will all make use of the new facility.