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Lakeland College Agriculture Technology Centre.

Giving it the old college try has a new meaning these days

Reading Time: 2 minutes Lakeland College and Lethbridge College have each received a major funding boost and the pair has also joined five of their provincial counterparts to create a new research alliance. Lakeland is getting $1 million in federal funding for smart agriculture technology. It will be used to construct a new Livestock Reproductive Technology Laboratory and boost […] Read more

Lethbridge college launches degree program

Reading Time: < 1 minute Lethbridge College will start offering a bachelor of agriculture science degree program this fall.  The degree program works in conjunction with the current agriculture sciences diploma program. Students in the two-year diploma program have a common first-year curriculum, before choosing to major in agriculture business, agronomy or animal science in their second year. Students may […] 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

Alberta colleges strike an alliance

Reading Time: < 1 minute Lethbridge College and Olds College have signed an agreement to work co-operatively on applied research. The memorandum of understanding will sometimes see the two colleges conduct joint projects but will also have them “refer companies to each other based on the best fit with infrastructure and research expertise, and share relevant data and data networks.” […] Read more


Grain-drying study needs farmers

Grain-drying study needs farmers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Lethbridge College is looking for wheat farmers for a grain-drying study. It will examine in-bin natural air drying, in-bin drying with heater, high-temperature drying, and combination drying (high temperature followed by in-bin natural air drying). The study will be province-wide and is looking for producers with 20,000- to 50,000-bushel bins with temperature and moisture monitoring. […] Read more

Variable-rate irrigation holds great promise but applying the technology is complicated, says Willemijn Appels, Lethbridge College’s Mueller Applied Research Chair in Irrigation Science. Appels (second from right) is pictured with students and researchers at one of five farms where her study on variable-rate irrigation is taking place.

Precision irrigation has great potential, but it’s tricky

Understanding how moisture moves through parts of the field is one of the goals of the four-year study

Reading Time: 4 minutes Water has always been at a premium in the Irrigation Belt of southern Alberta. “Our water system is closed,” said Willemijn Appels, an irrigation scientist with Lethbridge College. “There is no more extra water that can be withdrawn for agriculture. Our water licences are already allocated. “We need to use water more wisely and make […] 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

New centre to help farmers access latest research

Reading Time: < 1 minute Lethbridge College says it will set up a new centre to help farmers and food processors tap into the latest research and the expertise of its staff after receiving a $1.75-million grant. The Integrated Agriculture Technology Centre is one of six new technology access centres being funded by grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering […] Read more


Research lead Willemijn Appels and Nathan Linder gather data from a local farmer’s canola field irrigated by subsurface drip irrigation.

Fighting gravity for better underground irrigation

Subsurface drip irrigation can pay off with the right practices and a little patience, says researcher

Reading Time: 4 minutes At first glance, subsurface drip irrigation seems like an obvious winner as it gets water directly to the roots and there’s less evaporation. But that’s not the whole story. Subsurface drip irrigation is a literal fight against gravity — you’re trying to make water go from side to side when it’s inclined to go down […] 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