Dr. Joy Agnew is Olds College’s new director of applied research at the school’s Centre of Innovation. (Contributed photo)

Olds College welcomes new director of applied research

Olds College has a new director of applied research at the school’s Centre of Innovation.

On Tuesday, the college announced Joy Agnew has accepted the position. She will build upon two decades of research in areas such as turfgrass, wetlands, livestock and field crops.

Agnew will also focus on emerging opportunities aligned with the Olds College Smart Farm.

“I am very excited to join the team at Olds College,” said Agnew. “I am passionate about agriculture, research and teaching, so this opportunity allows me to be involved in all three in a dynamic environment.”

Agnew, who grew up on a grain farm in Saskatchewan, most recently worked as the program manager for agricultural services at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute in Humboldt, Sask.

Patrick Machacek, Olds College vice-president of development and strategy, said Olds College is committed to being a leader in agriculture technology and strengthening Canada’s agriculture sector through innovation, testing, demonstration and skill development.

“We are growing our programming, applied research and partnerships to create a cutting-edge high-tech learning and applied research environment.

“Dr. Agnew’s expertise and experience will be extremely valuable as we grow our applied research program, and we are delighted to have her join the Olds College team,” said Machacek.

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