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Lakeland College receives donation

MNP has donated $90,000 to Lakeland College to expand agriculture technology programming and applied research.

A portion of MNP’s gift will help fund equipment for the Agriculture Technology Centre at the Vermilion, Alta., campus, which is launching the college’s new bachelor of agriculture technology program this fall.

The two-year post-credential program is designed to bridge the gap between emerging technologies and agricultural management and production systems.

Applied research will also receive a boost with half of the funding going to support research projects designed to help producers better understand new agriculture technologies.

Feds fund farm safety improvement

The federal government is providing the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association up to $1.4 million over two years to improve farm safety.

The funding will also facilitate a series of initiatives that promote farm safety for producers, their families, and workers.

Activities include awareness raising, community engagement and the development and maintenance of safety resources and tools.

The organization will also continue to provide farm safety learning opportunities to rural emergency responders and firefighters and provide online health and safety training courses to farm workers.

U of S recruits conservation chair

Mitch Weegman has been hired as the first chair in wetland and waterfowl conservation at the University of Saskatchewan.

The Ducks Unlimited Canada endowed chair is the first of its kind in the country.

Weegman, an avian ecologist, will teach and mentor students while delivering research that addresses environmental issues.

Weegman was recruited from the University of Missouri, where he served as assistant professor of avian ecology in the School of Natural Resources.

His research is expected to tackle challenges in wetland and waterfowl conservation and help shape strategies for sustaining the environment in the face of climate and land-use change.

U of S was chosen as the site of the chair because of its location in the prairie pothole region near the western boreal forest, which is an important landscape for wetland and waterfowl conservation.

Ducks Unlimited and the U of S have launched a $5-million fundraising initiative to support the chair’s research and create student awards.

Donations can be made online at ducks.ca/endowedchair.

Maple Leaf boosts tempeh production

Maple Leaf Foods announced that its subsidiary Greenleaf Foods has completed its purchase of a 118,000 sq. foot plant in Indianapolis where it plans to install new equipment to increase the company’s tempeh production capacity to meet growing demand.

Initial production at the plant is set to begin next year and will employ about 115 people when fully operational.

Innovation centre receives donation

Assiniboine Community College’s Prairie Innovation Centre in Manitoba received $25,000 from Compass Credit Union.

The money is expected to help deliver agricultural programming.

The centre is a mixture of collaborative learning spaces, applied research labs and multipurpose spaces.

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