Research & Development

Research is very strong in the SouthGrow region, with key centers being the University of Lethbridge (U of L), Lethbridge College (LC), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Research Centre, and Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.

The University of Lethbridge (U of L)

The University of Lethbridge is home to approximately 8,400 students and offers undergraduate degrees in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics; and certificates, diplomas and undergraduate degrees in Education, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Management and Nursing.  At the graduate level, U of L offers a Master of Education (MEd), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc) and a special case Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).  With a focus on liberal education, smaller class sizes, co-op placements, excellence in teaching, and student involvement in research, U of L provides top-quality education.   The University has a water research group under WISE – Water Institute for Semi-Arid Ecosystems and unique resources in physics with one scientist conducting research for NASA.  The University of Lethbridge’s 1st Choice Savings Health and Wellness Centre, focuses on preventing conditions and illnesses that impact society, combining academic knowledge and research in the areas of kinesiology and health sciences.

Lethbridge College (LC)

Lethbridge College, Canada’s first public community college opened in 1957 to 36 students and grew to over 4,200 students today.  LC provides more than 50 diverse career development and training areas, with one-year certificate, two-year diploma, apprenticeship, pre-employment and applied degree programs in a variety of academic program areas, including Business and Management, Design and Technology, Justice Studies, Health and Human Services, Agriculture and the Environment, Trades, Preparatory Studies and University Transfer.   The College’s programs include applied research components with four Research Centres and Labs:  Aquaculture Centre for Excellence; Living Home; Citizen Society Research Lab; and Open Source Learning Lab.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has a strong focus on agriculture production research, with research scientists and a large support staff located at the Lethbridge Research Centre (LRC), which is one of the largest within Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's national network of 19 research centres. LRC’s research is focused in the areas of environmental health, bioproducts and bioprocesses, food safety and nutrition, and sustainable production systems. LRC carries on significant research in new and improved technologies for beef cattle production and beef quality and is also developing sustainable and profitable crop production systems for dry and irrigated land, and rangeland in the southern Canadian prairies. LRC has 25,000 square meters of laboratory /office complex and 500 hectares of adjacent land, including an Insect-Microbial Containment Facility, Greenhouse and controlled climate growth facilities, a research feedlot, and a weather station with 100 years of climate records.  Area research farms include Onefour with 17,000 hectares of short grass prairie rangeland; Vauxhall with 190 hectares for irrigation and drainage research; and Stavely with 400 hectares of rough fescue rangeland.

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development has a total of 130 people in the region and additional research staff located in Lethbridge with expertise in irrigation, production systems and rural entrepreneurship.  This provincial department has a breadth of resources to help producers and processors in developing viable businesses.
Taken together, this regional agri-food research cluster provides the south central region with the claim to be an international technology cluster for livestock genetics, beef production technologies, plant and animal biotechnology, irrigation systems and water management, long term land rotations, ruman, biotechnology and cereal breeding.

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