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A DOT (now OmniPower) autonomous unit at work on the Olds College Smart Farm. (Olds College video screengrab via YouTube)

College farms, GFM Discovery Farm to get smarter together

Two Alberta colleges sign on for new CAAIN-backed network

A pair of Alberta college farms and Glacier FarmMedia’s Saskatchewan farm are the first to plug into a national network of “smart farms” to improve the ag sector’s smart technology experience. The Olds College Smart Farm will lead the Pan-Canadian Smart Farm Network, which will also include Glacier FarmMedia Discovery Farm at Langham, Sask. and […] 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


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Alberta’s Lakeland to offer ag tech degree

College to launch first-in-Canada program in September

East-central Alberta’s Lakeland College is set to offer what’s billed as Canada’s first degree program in agriculture technology, as a two-year post-credential program, starting in September. The program, announced Wednesday, will consist of full-time studies at Lakeland’s campus at Vermilion, about 180 km east of Edmonton, plus “experiential learning practicums” off campus, en route to […] 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

Ag dean receives dairy award of merit

Ag dean receives dairy award of merit

Reading Time: < 1 minute Lakeland College’s dean of the School of Agricultural Sciences is this year’s winner of the John J Kennelly Western Canadian Dairy Seminar Award of Merit. The award was presented to Josie Van Lent at the Western Canadian Dairy Seminar last month. The award recognizes those who have made a substantial contribution to the western Canadian […] Read more


“I love everything about bison,” says Armin Mueller, who with wife Rita have donated $4 million to Lakeland College to purchase land and establish a bison herd.

From the Alps to Alberta: This couple pays it forward

Reading Time: 3 minutes Last month, Armin and Rita Mueller donated $4 million to Lakeland College to purchase land and establish a bison herd at the college. Lakeland plans to offer a bison production course by September 2021 and the donation will allow it to expand its training in sustainable range and forage management. The following is a story […] Read more

Meteorites feel heavy, will attract a fridge magnet, and have a dark “fusion crust” that is often chipped to reveal the rock beneath.

It came from outer space, but now resides near Camrose

Researchers are trying to find a chunk of an asteroid that likely landed in a farmer’s field near the town

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s not every day that researchers come to your field to look for space rocks. But that’s what happened to Camrose producer Rod Ross, after a meteor flew across the sky towards his farm on the last evening in August. “We had a rock that was about 50 kilograms, that might have been about the […] Read more


Students from Lakeland College’s student-managed farm commercial beef unit with the school’s first cheque from the Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration Pilot. In front (from left) Michelle Duckworth, Loralee Ryan, Mikayla Blaschuk and Hayley Clark. In back (from left) are program head Bevin Hamilton and students Josh Arnold, Morgan Attrux and Keegan Miller.

Small cheque and big excitement for animal science students

Reading Time: 2 minutes An $18.52 cheque caused excitement among Lakeland College animal science technology students earlier this year. Students involved in the commercial beef unit of the student-managed farm received the payment in March after an animal they sold was processed through certified sustainable operations of the beef-supply chain. That triggered Lakeland’s first cheque through the Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration […] Read more

A new consortium has been given nearly $50 million in federal funding to find ways to bring cutting-edge technology to Canadian farms. Among the tech being focused on is self-driving equipment (pictured is DOT Technology’s autonomous platform), robotics, artificial intelligence, data analytic, hyperspectral imaging, traceability systems, and “smart farms.”

Feds back $108-million push to automate farming

A consortium of groups, including three from Alberta, want to usher in a new era of advanced ag technology

Reading Time: 4 minutes It may not seem a priority given the weather and trade challenges farmers are facing — but now is the time to launch a new era of smart farms, AI, and robotics, say backers of a new $108-million tech fund. Ottawa is giving $49.5 million to the Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN), and […] Read more