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. Western Tractor will supply the lab with industry-leading technology over a five-year period. The company has also signed a five-year agreement to supply John Deere equipment to the college. This will allow students to take all four years of their apprenticeship training in Lethbridge for the first time.

“We wanted to ensure that there was an investment of state-of–the-art equipment, technology and leadership in the field of precision farming,” said Steven Dyck, president and general manager of Western Tractor, which has locations in Lethbridge, Taber, Burdett and Medicine Hat.

The new trades and technologies facility will be completed in 2017.

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