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First-year veterinary students from the University of Calgary tour W.A. Ranches in 2019. A new program funded by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Foundation aims to bring more young people, including those with no exposure to agriculture and farming, to the working ranch.

W.A. Ranches hoping to reel in youth

U of Calgary’s working cattle ranch viewed as an ideal setting to showcase farming to young people

Reading Time: 3 minutes Get them when they’re young. That’s the new strategy from the Canadian Cattlemen’s Foundation and the University of Calgary’s W.A. Ranches when it comes to attracting youth to the beef industry. And there’s no better way to get people interested in the beef industry than letting them get onto a ranch, said Ed Pajor, a […] Read more

More than a thousand donors boost Lakeland College

Reading Time: < 1 minute A five-year fundraising campaign has garnered Lakeland College $12 million.  That’s $1 million above the campaign goal. As of April 30, 1,096 people had made 2,967 donations.  The fundraising initiative is focused on three priorities: Expanding student success, empowering the next leaders in agriculture, and growing results-oriented research.  “Because of our donors’ generosity, Lakeland students […] Read more


Students can ladder out of the current Agriculture Sciences diploma program into Lethbridge College’s new Bachelor of Agriculture Science degree program, which is the only of its kind in southern Alberta. Students can apply now and start in September.

Lethbridge College launches new Bachelor of Agriculture Science degree program

Reading Time: 3 minutes Lethbridge College is showing how it is ready to meet the changing needs of the agriculture industry by launching its Bachelor of Agriculture Science program. The degree program, which is unique to Lethbridge College, begins in September 2021 and offers opportunities for career development, a path to further education and hands-on research opportunities, while focusing […] Read more

The Farm — Rocky View School Division’s new alternative learning program — isn’t your typical school. But the initiative, which got underway last month, has been “amazing” so far, says teacher Mark Turner.

Life on The Farm shows what learning could look like in a post-pandemic world

Students at The Farm had quite a different back-to-school experience after the pandemic

Reading Time: 3 minutes After years of planning and months of hard work, The Farm — Rocky View School Division’s new alternative learning program — finally got its first batch of eager high school students out in the field, ready to get their hands dirty. But it was in February. “The first year on The Farm was horrible,” said […] Read more


Lethbridge College faculty visits Stamp Seeds.

Lethbridge College makes ag program more flexible

Reading Time: < 1 minute Students in Lethbridge College’s agriculture sciences program will have an extra year to determine their career path. The program is being revamped so there is a common first year focused on basics of agriculture, such as botany, animal science, commodity marketing, soils, sustainable agriculture and communications. Students will then select from one of three majors […] Read more

‘There is no going back to normal after this,” says Olds College student Michael Frankiw.

Pandemic brings trials and triumphs for ag students

Despite the difficult launch to their careers in the industry, students see bright future ahead

Reading Time: 6 minutes Brianna Dyck was supposed to be celebrating her college convocation the first weekend in June. But with post-secondary institutions shuttered by the pandemic, graduation was a small family affair. “My family has done a great job of trying to make it a big deal, but it feels like the school year should still be going […] Read more


Lethbridge College gets federal funds for Technology Access Centre

Reading Time: 2 minutes Lethbridge College is ready to help the agriculture industry after receiving one of the most significant applied research grants in the college’s history. The college was awarded one of just six new Technology Access Centres (TAC) across Canada by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) on May 19. The $1.75 million five-year renewable […] Read more

Lethbridge College and Farming Smarter form partnership

Reading Time: < 1 minute Farming Smarter and Lethbridge College have signed a 15-year memorandum of understanding that they say will “transform agriculture research in southern Alberta.” “Our two organizations have worked together in the past on innovative and important projects that support agricultural research, education and student success,” Lethbridge College president Paula Burns said in a news release. “We […] Read more