August 22, 2023 By Top Crop Manager
Olds College of Agriculture & Technology and Hebert Grain Ventures (HGV) announced the formation of an official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), solidifying a collaboration on strategic initiatives aimed at driving innovation and growth in the agriculture industry in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
HGV, a Canadian-based farming partnership, is committed to addressing the challenges of agriculture and fulfilling its mission to enhance the land, financials, industry and community for future generations. This partnership will encompass joint efforts in farming, precision agriculture, student development, research and economic growth. By combining their expertise and resources, both organizations aim to cultivate lasting advancements in the industry.
A primary area of collaboration will involve sponsoring grants for applied research projects. Through these grants, Olds College and HGV will support research initiatives focused on emerging technologies and practices in agriculture. This dedication to research and development will facilitate the testing and validation of new technologies, with an emphasis on data management, environmental sustainability, and variable rate technologies.
“Partnering with HGV is an exciting step for us in our mission to transform agriculture for a better world,” said Todd Ormann, vice-president, development, Olds College. “By working together, we can accelerate agriculture technology and company development while providing a cutting-edge learning environment for students, producers, and the agriculture sector.”
The partnership between Olds College and HGV offers immense potential for the Alberta and Saskatchewan agriculture industry by creating a dynamic ecosystem that integrates education, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Students, producers, and professionals will benefit from a state-of-the-art learning environment that encourages hands-on experience and the application of cutting-edge technological advancements.
“Today’s students are tomorrow’s ag leaders and, through this MOU, I believe we’re preparing them to constantly adapt to the ever-changing nature of agriculture today,” says Kristjan Hebert, president of HGV. “Through cutting-edge research and hands-on learning, these students will have the mindset and the skills needed to move the industry forward.”
In line with their vision of enhancing the future of agriculture, HGV has also established a scholarship program for students enrolled in agricultural programs at Olds College. This initiative aims to provide financial support to outstanding students, recognizing their potential as future leaders in the field. Additionally, HGV will offer select students summer internships, providing them with valuable practical experience and skill development opportunities.