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Farm equipment dealer supports college training

Students in Lethbridge College’s agricultural and heavy equipment technician program will be able to get their hands on some leading-edge technology thanks to a gift from the Hanlon Ag Centre. The Lethbridge equipment dealer is providing equipment, installation and training on its precision agriculture system — a CORS (Continuously Operating Reference Station) network. It uses […] Read more

Senior research scientist Nick Savidov and aquaponics technician Penny Takahashi work in the college’s existing Aquaculture Centre of Excellence greenhouse.

Grants boost greenhouse research at Lethbridge College

A pair of federal grants will allow Lethbridge College to create a new commercial-scale greenhouse and also to purchase equipment for research work in precision irrigation and in antibiotic identification from native plants. The college is getting $1 million towards its Centre for Sustainable Food Production that will be used for the greenhouse that will […] Read more


The soil monoliths collection is now on display on the third floor of the Cousins Building at Lethbridge College.

This is some pretty special dirt

The unique collection of intact soil cross-sections is both a piece of history and a ‘priceless’ educational tool

A decades-old collection of ‘soil monoliths’ donated to Lethbridge College will be an invaluable tool for teaching students about soil. The 110 monoliths are vertical cross-sections about one metre long that show soil from a variety of regions in its natural state. Long been housed at Agriculture Canada’s Lethbridge research centre, the soil monoliths have […] Read more

College launches ag entrepreneur program

Students to be paired with local industry partners

Lethbridge College has a new program for students interested in agriculture, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The Agriculture Entrepreneur in Residence (AgENT) program will launch in September by pairing students with local industry partners to solve real-world problems that affect the agriculture industry. All college students are eligible to join the extracurricular AgENT program. At the beginning […] Read more


Agriculture risk management program approved

Alberta Advanced Education has granted its approval to Lethbridge College’s Agriculture Business Risk Management (AgBRM) certificate program. The program was launched a year ago, and those completing it were initially awarded a credential of academic achievement. The provincial certificate approval provides a variety of benefits, including making students eligible for student loans. The program was […] Read more

Donation supports ag technician lab

Western Tractor Company is making a donation worth $750,000 to Lethbridge College for its Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Technician apprenticeship program. The gift will support the college’s new trades and technologies facility through the creation of the Western Tractor Technology Lab — an advanced agricultural technologies room inside the first phase of the new building. […] Read more


Family donates $100,000 for heavy equipment bay

A family-owned and -operated farming and custom harvesting business has given $100,000 to establish a heavy equipment bay at Lethbridge College. Taylor Harvesting Ltd. has operated out of southern Alberta for 30 years. “My son, Darren and I are both alumni of the college and agree that Lethbridge College provides hands-on training, teaches business skills, […] Read more

Michael Mueller (second from l) at the announcement of the $3.1-million gift from his late uncle and aunt, Lloyd and Dorothy Mueller. Also on hand (l to r) were college COO and vice-president Stuart Cullum, president and CEO Paula Burns, and board chair Randy Jespersen.

Record gift boosts irrigation program at Lethbridge College

Gift of $3.1 million from the estate of Lloyd and Dorothy Mueller to fund irrigation program and research chair

Agricultural programming at Lethbridge College will benefit from a record-setting $3.1-million gift from a family whose Alberta roots go back to the province’s earliest days. The gift from the estate of Lloyd and Dorothy Mueller will be supplemented with $1.9 million from the college to establish the Mueller Program in Irrigation and the Mueller Applied […] Read more


Cor Van Raay

Multimillion-dollar gift for ag-business program

One of southern Alberta’s most prominent farm entrepreneurs has donated $5 million to establish an agribusiness program at the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College. Cor Van Raay and his late wife, Christine, settled in the Iron Springs area of southern Alberta in the early 1960s, purchasing a half section of cropland and later adding […] Read more