Olds College receives $200k for farm technology

Patrick Machacek, VP, development & strategy, Olds College; Fred Wall, VP, marketing, Farm Credit Union; Stuart Cullum, president, Olds College; Martina Holtkamp, student, Olds College; and Mark Fournier, instructor, Agribusiness, Olds College. Photo contributed

Canada’s largest agricultural term lender is supporting Olds College’s farm technology.

Farm Credit Canada has announced a $200,000 commitment to the college and the advancement of ag technology learning and applied research at the Olds College Smart Farm.

The four-year financial commitment from the federal crown corporation enables the college to create the AgExpert Data Lab, located on campus inside the Smart Ag Innovation Centre.

The lab is a technologically advanced workspace, available for students, instructors, industry partners and the Smart Farm Integration Team to collaborate, meet and learn.

“Thanks to this investment from FCC, we continue to develop our Olds College Smart Farm,” says college president Stuart Cullum.

“The AgExpert Data Lab brings together data from our agriculture operation, allowing us to analyse and demonstrate innovative technology and practices for entrepreneurs, companies and producers and for student learning.”

Current student Martina Holtkamp is excited about the investment.

“As a student in the bachelor of applied science-agribusiness degree, I am very excited to be able to see how technology is evolving the agriculture industry.

“Having access to the AgExpert Data Lab on campus will be an amazing opportunity for students. It’s a very exciting time to be studying agriculture here at Olds College.”

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