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Lakeland’s animal science centre getting upgrades

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

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

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

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

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

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


Two $1,000 student scholarships available

Applications must be received by June 30

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

Talking to kids about where food comes from

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



Awards competition for ag students

Students can gain up to $1,500 towards their education

Ag students can gain up to $1,500 towards their education in the Excellence Award for Agricultural Students competition. The award from Farm Management Canada and the Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs encourages agricultural students to enhance their communication skills and raise awareness of the importance of farm business management. Entrants must submit a […] Read more