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Livestock Research money

Lakeland College has received another Sweet donation.

Judy Sweet donated $150,000 to help the college modernize and expand the Livestock Research Centre.

The conversion of the former bull test station at the campus in Vermilion, Alta., into a Livestock Research Centre began in 2012 with the addition of GrowSafe technology for monitoring the feed intake of individual animals. New cattle and sheep handling systems and a scale system were added the following year.

Sweet’s donation will expand the centre further and create an area for the public to discuss applied research projects.

“An important part of applied research is showcasing the technology and sharing the results,” Lakeland College president Alice Wainwright-Steward said in a news release.

Sweet’s donation was made a year after she made a $100,000 donation from her company, Sportaken Holdings, and a $100,000 donation from the Garth Sweet Simmental Foundation.

Sweet said she continues to make donations because she likes the livestock research that is being done at Lakeland College and its focus on the college’s Student Managed Farm.

Farm employment program deadline nears

Applications must be in no later than May 31 for Alberta’s Summer Farm Employment Program.

Administered by Alberta Agriculture, the program gives young people the opportunity to gain farm experience while providing farmers with wage support during July and August.

Employers must own or rent a farming operation in Alberta with gross production of $25,000 per year. Any work must be related to the farming operation and does not include domestic work or child care.

Farmers are responsible for recruiting employees and providing daily supervision and a safe work environment.

Employees must keep track of time worked and the salary must be at least the provincial minimum hourly rate.

Applications will be accepted and processed at the Summer Farm Employment Program office in Stettler until May 31 on a first-come, first served basis.

New president for STEP

Chris Dekker is the interim president and chief executive officer of the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership.

He is currently associate deputy minister of economic development in Saskatchewan’s economy ministry. He has also worked with Enterprise Saskatchewan, the Global Transportation Hub and Innovation Saskatchewan.

For more information, visit

New feature for app

The Call of the Land app has a new coming events feature.

The new version includes a searchable listing of upcoming agricultural events in Alberta, including trade shows, fairs, conferences, workshops or any of the events that are listed on Alberta Agriculture’s website.

The updated mobile app is available as a free download from the iTunes Store and Google Play.

To promote an agriculture-related event on Call of the Land or through the agriculture ministry’s website, email



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