Integrated Agriculture Technology Centre
(IATC)

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge, AB

ABOUT IATC

The Integrated Agriculture Technology Centre (IATC) connects the agriculture industry with technologies and research expertise at Lethbridge College. The IATC serves small and medium-sized enterprises by providing applied research and innovation services to solve challenges, as well as specialized training on the latest equipment and emerging technologies.

Integrated Agriculture Technology is an umbrella term that explains the way we use innovative processes and technologies to develop food production systems that increase our clients’ competitive advantage and improve their economic return, while also considering social and environmental sustainability.

The IATC provides ag-tech, greenhouse, aquaculture, and large-scale crop producers with access, customized services, and first-hand research data on unique technologies including integrated food production systems, aerobic bioreactors, dewatering techniques, waste treatment, water processing, precision irrigation and fertigation, agricultural engineering, automation and control systems, organoleptics, and food safety.

The IATC directly supports industry through three service streams: Applied Research; Technical Services and Consulting; and Training and Education. These service streams integrate with the IATC’s core areas of agricultural expertise: Aquaculture, Crop Production, and Wet Processing.

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Flying a Research Drone and checking ground watter loggers.<br/>Credit: Rob Olson Photography


Contact IATC

IATC Megan Shapka

Megan Shapka
Associate Dean, Centre for Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

+1-403-320-3202x5535

megan.shapka@lethbridgecollege.ca


IATC Noelle Smith

Noelle Smith
Research Facilitator

+1-403-320-3202x5453

noelle.smith@lethbridgecollege.ca


IATC Natasha Snowdon

Natasha Snowdon
Research Coordinator

+1-403-320-3202x5379

natasha.snowdon@lethbridgecollege.ca


Lethbridge, AB

Services offered in: English

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RESEARCH AND INNOVATION EXPERTISE

EXPERTISE

  1. Crop Production
  2. Precision Irrigation
  3. Pivot Irrigation
  4. Drip Irrigation
  5. Water Use Efficiency
  6. Fertigation
  7. Aerobic Digestate-based Nutrient Solutions
  8. Post-harvest Management
  9. Agricultural Engineering
  10. Technology
  11. Greenhouse Management
  12. Greenhouse Control Systems
  13. Pathogen and Pest Management
  14. Water and Nutrient Monitoring
  15. Innovate Substrates for Plant Growth
  16. Plant Stress Management
  17. Integrated Food Production Systems
  18. Aquaculture
  19. Aquaponics Design
  20. Vertical Aquaponics
  21. Wet Processing
  22. Aerobic Bioreactor Technology
  23. Effluent and Feedstock Management
  24. Dewatering Techniques
  25. Waste Treatment
  26. Organoleptics
  27. Food Safety

Previous Research Projects:

  • Quality inspection of agri-food products using near-infrared (NIR) hyperspectral imaging
  • Remote soil moisture data collection in southern Alberta
  • Smart on-Farm Grain Storage and Management
  • Advancing Commercial Food Production Through Integrated Fish and Plant Systems to Meet the Needs of Industry and Community
  • Towards climate-robust irrigation water management for potato production
  • Enhancing Yield and Nutrient Use Efficiency of Crops under Subsurface Drip Fertigation in Southern Alberta
  • Comparison of Traditional Crop Inputs and Biostimulants Application on Wheat, Canola and Peas in Alberta
  • Smart Technology For Optimised Greenhouse Crop Production
  • Smart irrigation through observation and prediction
  • Smart in-bin grain storage and management system for optimum quality
  • A Rotary Evaporator, an High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC) and a Plate Spectrophotometer for the discovery of new antibiotics from native plants
  • Measuring crop water use for precision irrigation
  • Below The Surface: Using Soil Moisture Observations And Simulations To Optimize Installation And Operation Of Subsurface Drip Irrigation Systems In Southern Alberta
  • Determination Of The Efficacy Of Nitrogen Injection/Gassing To Prevent Oxidation In Prepared Artisan Mustard
  • Development of Highly Productive Zero-Waste Food Production Platform Based On Microfiltration and Nutrient Recycling
  • Optimizing and Expanding Commercial Aquaponics Systems
  • Identification of Giardia Species from Water Samples by PCR and Genotyping
  • VRI Potatoes (2017)
  • UAV Technology In Irrigated Agriculture
  • Polycropping For Water Use Efficiency
  • Manz Biofilter Project
  • Lethbridge Storm Water Outfalls Monitoring Study: Microbiological, Pesticides and Nutrient Analysis

Fields of projects:

  • Small and Large-scale Crop Producers
  • Greenhouse Growers
  • Aquaponics Operations
  • Aquaculture Operations
  • Food Processors
  • Ag-tech Companies

TECHNOLOGY SECTORS

  1. Agriculture

EQUIPMENT AND LABS

Equipment
Coming soon