Lakeland College is ready to obtain $1 million in federal analysis funding by means of the Canada Basis for Innovation (CFI) in assist of smart agriculture expertise.
The CFI’s College-Business Innovation Fund funding will assist the event of Lakeland’s new Agriculture Expertise Centre, the central repository for all information collected on the Pupil-Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland (SMF) at its Vermilion campus.
Michael Crowe, vp of educational and utilized analysis at Lakeland says that with the CFI’s assist, the faculty will proceed to maneuver ahead with establishing their new Agriculture Expertise Centre because the ‘nerve centre’ for analysis, assortment, and evaluation of information collected from new ag applied sciences used on the SMF.
“We are very fortunate to receive this funding and are excited for how it will enable our research team to support producers and agriculture companies to increase productivity, efficiency, quality and sustainability of livestock and crop production,” says Crowe.
Funding will go towards the development of a brand new Livestock Reproductive Expertise Laboratory and on-farm connectivity infrastructure, enabling the SMF to develop into a totally linked, data-driven, commercial-scale smart farm.
Lakeland’s agriculture expertise and tools will develop to incorporate the next stock, due to the CFI funding:
- specialised sensors and monitoring expertise;
- livestock reproductive tools;
- emission detection tools for livestock;
- cellular imagery for phenotypic trait seize in cattle;
- optical spot-spraying expertise for crops; and
- an unmanned aerial car (drone) fitted with two multispectral cameras for crops and livestock analysis functions.
“The CFI’s investment champions Lakeland’s innovation and producer-led research priorities,” says Dr. Alice Wainwright-Stewart, president and CEO of Lakeland. “We look forward to opening the Agriculture Technology Centre – an advanced space for our research team to produce results of value for commercial agriculture producers. Our students will also benefit, gaining the skills required for their future careers in a transforming sector.”
Slated to formally open this fall, the Agriculture Expertise Centre, will function the house for the faculty’s new diploma in ag tech, which launches in September.
Complete value of the venture is valued at $2.6 million.