The Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) is building a new agronomy centre in Fort Vermilion, Alta., the group says in a news release on Jan. 26.
“WGRF is pleased to be leading the funding for the construction of a much-needed agronomy centre and repair shop,” Keith Degenhardt, WGRF board chair, says in the release. “The multi-use building will broaden the scope of research and extension programs at MARA and will allow them to maintain and grow the ag research program.”
WGRF is building the centre in partnership with the Mackenzie Applied Research Association (MARA). WGRF will invest $300,000 in the centre, the release notes. Local producers’ will contribute $300,000 to the new facility.
“Our current research and workshop facility is antiquated and very expensive to operate,” Greg Newman, MARA board chair, says in the release. “The new facility will allow staff to process samples and build and repair specialized equipment to better serve the farming community in our region.”