Why is this research important for Alberta ag?
Olds College is addressing the gaps related to agriculture technology development, validation, demonstration, and knowledge transfer through its operations, academic programming, and applied research activities. Olds College has launched a number of applied research projects related to automation and digitization of crop and livestock production with the goal of accelerating the development and adoption of these technologies to improve overall productivity, profitability, and sustainability of agriculture production.
This project focuses on disseminating new knowledge created from this suite of smart agriculture applied research initiatives. This project will assist information and knowledge transfer to producers and other key stakeholders, complementing individual project knowledge translation and transfer plans.
What benefits can producers expect from this research?
Innovations offer the potential for significant economic benefits through impacts on labour, inputs and outputs. Findings will be shared with Alberta producers and stakeholders and will make a positive impact on decision-making. All of these projects have a component that includes a cost-benefit analysis and return on investment of new technologies. This research will help producers decide whether adopting certain innovations is likely to benefit their operations, without the risk of having to invest their own time and money into these investigations up-front.
How will these research findings reach producers on-farm?
Findings will be shared via videos and hands-on demonstrations and displays. They will also be published in scientific publications, presented at international research conferences, presented at Canadian conferences and events, and in newsletters, magazines, and industry social media.
Funded in part by the Government of Canada under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.