The Ag Club at Lethbridge College provides education on Alberta’s agricultural sector

The Aggies Club at Lethbridge College hosted a Canadian Agriculture Day celebration on campus on Tuesday, teaching student staff the importance of agriculture.

The celebration included livestock and heavy farm equipment.

Ag Club president Emma Knodel says the group works to raise awareness of the importance of Alberta’s agricultural sector year-round.

“Our club, especially this year, has been really involved in the community,” Knodel said.

“We go out and volunteer – we’ve done quite a lot of touring and stuff like that – and on campus here, we have a good presence.”

Knodel says it’s vital for the industry to get people to understand the importance of agriculture.

“As the future of farming here, it’s the least we can do – hold events like this so we can show off, showcase our program and our way of life in general,” Knodel said. .

“Beyond that, farming is involved in everything you do – from the shoes you wear, to the football you play with, to the food you eat – it’s all about farming, it’s so important that we understand that.”

Lethbridge College recently added a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture programmaking it easier for local residents to pursue a career in the industry.

“They can stay here, they’re on their farms every night if they want, certainly on the weekends,” said agricultural school president Byrne Cook.

“(The) majority of our students come from under 200 miles – so its local students and the local support of our industry – and being able to have an extra two years here makes us stronger.”

Cook says he’s optimistic about the future of agriculture in southern Alberta, in part because of the program.

“Our research department is doing very well,” Cook said. “They just got land from Alberta Ag near the jail, and 400 irrigated acres there.”

“And we have a lot of scientists, three new professors – the program just keeps growing.”

Tuesday’s event also allowed some students to get away from the stress and anxiety of the classroom.

“Well, waking up at 9 a.m. to go to class rather than waking up at 9 a.m. to hang out with cows is definitely better,” college student Cassandra Cave joked.

“It’s my first semester here, so it was a great change to see all the animals and relax.”

Lana T. Arthur