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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

Lakeland’s animal science centre getting upgrades

Reading Time: < 1 minute Lakeland College is getting $17.3 million in provincial funding for capital maintenance and an expansion of its WHT Mead Animal Science Centre. The centre is used by more than 550 agricultural sciences students, as well as those in environmental sciences and human services programs. The funding will be used for energy efficiency measures, collaborative student […] 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

Foreign workers starting to arrive, livestock group says

Foreign workers starting to arrive, livestock group says

About 2,000 have recently arrived, several thousand more here soon, feeders say

About 2,000 foreign workers have arrived in Canada in recent weeks and more should be here soon, an official with the National Cattle Feeders Association says. “There are about 4,000 more that are expected to arrive shortly, so the process is starting to work,” Janice Tranberg, the association’s president and CEO, said during a telephone […] Read more


Lakeland College’s new 14,000-square-foot animal health clinic is modelled after a functioning vet clinic, giving students the hands-on training they need to enter the work world.

Student-managed farms at Lakeland College work to reflect the industries they serve

No ivory towers when students are running the show

Reading Time: 3 minutes Students are running the show at Lakeland College, and that’s just how they — and their prospective employers — like it. “Our student-led model has really been our big success at the college,” said Geoff Brown, associate dean of agricultural sciences. “On our student-managed farms, we really try to mimic the industries we’re in. We’re […] Read more

Classroom Agriculture Program still looking for volunteers

Reading Time: < 1 minute There’s still time to sign up as a volunteer for the Classroom Agriculture Program. For more than 30 years, volunteers across Alberta have taught Grade 4 students about the importance of agriculture in their daily lives. The program offers a free, one-hour-long, hands-on presentation about agriculture. About five hours are required for volunteers (which includes training, […] Read more


Alberta students win Monsanto Fund scholarships

Reading Time: < 1 minute Thirteen young Albertans are among the 65 students who have been awarded a $1,500 scholarship from the Monsanto Fund. The scholarships are for students entering their first year of agriculture or food-related studies at a Canadian university and college. Traditionally the Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarship Program required applicants to be from a farm and entering […] Read more

Canadian hundred dollar bills

Two $1,000 student scholarships available

Applications must be received by June 30

Reading Time: < 1 minute Applications are now open for Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers’ Memorial Scholarships. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to Canadian agriculture students. One scholarship will go to an individual entering post-secondary education from high school, and one to an individual who has already completed at least one year of post-secondary study. Applicants must be pursuing a […] Read more


Diverse Group of Students in Conference Room raising Arms up actively participating in Seminar Teachers Body on background

Talking to kids about where food comes from

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Classroom Agriculture Program is seeking volunteers willing to go to schools and talk to Grade 4 students about agriculture. Since 1985, producers and others in the ag sector have made presentations to more than 600,000 students. The provincially funded program provides participants with training for their one-hour presentation (in March, April, or May) as […] Read more