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APG congratulates Lakeland College on becoming the new home of provincial pulse research programs JAN 18 2021 | Producers | News Release

The Alberta Pulse Growers Commission (APG) is pleased to learn that Lakeland College was selected by the Government of Alberta to undertake provincial pulse research programming for the next three years.

Pulse research is continuing with an agreement between Lakeland College and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to transfer the provincial pulse research program. This program has been primarily shaped and funded with Alberta Pulse Growers Commission input and investment for over 30 years.

APG has been highly concerned with the Government of Alberta’s exit from active research as the organization has worked with provincial researchers for a significant time addressing farmer-led research questions. The provincial government previously announced that it would continue agricultural research in a funding role. Today’s announcement removes uncertainty for the next three years as ongoing projects can be completed.

“It is an excellent outcome, and we are excited to hear that one of APG’s research partners has been selected to continue this important work,” said APG Chair Don Shepert. “Lakeland’s focus for applied research complements elements of APG’s research strategy and with this news we can build a strong pulse program and ensure continuity of research for our members.”

APG has worked with Lakeland College on many research projects over the years, particularly in APG’s Zone 5, located in northeastern Alberta.

“Our strategic plan targets expanding pulse acres across the province to three million acres by 2025, and we require research capacity to address farmer issues to reach this goal,” Shepert said. “Lakeland has been engaged with farmers and the farming community for many years and both organizations aim to grow together with this opportunity.”

The Alberta Pulse Growers Commission represents 6,500 growers of field pea, dry bean, lentil, chickpea, faba bean and soybean in Alberta. Our vision is to have Alberta pulses on every farm, on every plate.

For more information, please contact:
Rachel Peterson, Communications Coordinator
Phone: 780-986-9398 ext. 108