Research projects (Agassiz Research and Development Centre)

The Agassiz Research and Development Centre (Agassiz RDC) supports innovative research, development, and technology and knowledge transfer activities relevant to five of the nine Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Sector Science Strategies.

Agro-ecosystem productivity and health

Research focuses on precise and sustainable management of nutrients from manures, municipal wastes and mineral sources to maximize production and prevent environmental impacts in intensive cropping systems in horticultural and forage crops. Use of multi-level strategies at the field, farm and regional scales help to resolve the cascading impacts of agricultural nitrogen, phosphorus depletion and contamination.

Biodiversity and bioresources

Intensive surveying and detailed understanding of biodiversity are helping in the development of biological control approaches for insect pests in horticulture crops (small fruits and vegetables).


Research is improving crop production and lowering environmental impacts for small fruits, vegetables and novel crops to meet growing market demands for fresh produce. Integrated pest management strategies (insects, diseases and weeds) and minor use products are developed for horticulture crops (small fruits, vegetables, and high value specialty crops).

Forages and beef; Dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock

Research is reducing inputs and increasing the efficiency of intensive forage production for the dairy industry. This includes improving manure management of corn and grass forage for the dairy sector; and reducing greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions, improving nutrient management and efficient use of natural resources for dairy, swine, poultry and other livestock operations.

Current research projects at Agassiz
Project number Lead researcher Project title Budget* Duration: start Duration: end
J-000986 Hunt, Derek An ecological synthesis of agricultural, human and natural ecosystems associated with large settlements; a study in modern rural-urban integration $430,100.00 2015-01-01 2018-03-31
J-001401 Forge, Tom Sustainable production and genetic enhancement of small fruit crops with improved market oriented quality attributes $1,698,500.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001403 Turkington, Kelly Improving nutrient balances on dairy farms using model farmlets and simulation $1,010,739.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
*: The budget amount represents the forecast total project costs (not actual spending), including any offsets by revenues received from outside agencies/partners. It includes operations and maintenance funds used to purchase goods or services. It does not include salary dollars for staff working on the projects or any grant or contribution funds provided to outside partners for work on the projects.
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