Colleges collaborating on smart/intelligent agriculture

  • Mar. 15, 2017 12:30 a.m.

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Olds College and Saskatchewan Polytechnic have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will explore the demand for new collaborative programming and applied research into smart/intelligent agriculture.

Smart/intelligent agriculture encompasses technologies needed for practical and efficient application of data in agricultural production and how the data collected is used in a practical way.

Specifically both parties will work together to provide a foundation of collaboration that will advance agricultural training, applied research and commercialization in Western Canada, the colleges said in a statement.

“By agreeing to work together, both Sask Polytech and Olds College can provide students with enhanced learning experiences in intelligent agriculture, while providing industry with new applied research opportunities,” said Dr. Larry Rosia, Sask Polytech president and CEO.

“Through our partnership with Sask Polytech we will create dynamic learning opportunities for our students, while working with industry and community partners to create innovative solutions through applied research,” says Dr. Tom Thompson, Olds College President.

One of the outcomes of the agreement is for Sask Polytech and Olds College to collaborate with other post-secondary institutions to discover news ways to enable employers and industry to meet the challenge of becoming a leader in the developing field of smart/intelligent agriculture.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic has campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon.

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