Agricultural Studies

PRODUCTION. TRADE. POLICY. ENVIRONMENT.

Welcome to Agricultural Studies

Agricultural studies delves into the relationships between the social, economic, political and environmental factors that affect the agricultural sector.

Located in Southern Alberta, the University of Lethbridge is an ideal location to select a major in agricultural studies. Farming and ranching activities are among the most important regional sources of wealth and of direct and indirect employment. The diversity of landscapes provides the foundation for a wide variety of productive activities related to livestock (primarily cattle, hogs and poultry), grains, oilseeds, pulses and numerous specialty crops. In this setting, aspiring agriculturalists learn about the physical and economic interrelationships between agricultural production, marketing, trade and nutrient management, water, grazing, rangeland and riparian management. This unique program focuses on both the art and the science of agricultural practices from theoretical and applied perspectives, including extensive lab experience and special emphasis on current issues and cutting-edge research. As a multidisciplinary major, agricultural studies take full advantage of resources and course offerings in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Geography & Environment and Economics. This broad range of perspectives helps expand the understanding of issues such as policy development, the farm as a production unit and the environmental implications of land use.

Program Highlights

2 x $10,000 scholarships for ag students!

We know of an incredible scholarship opportunity for agriculture students!

The Rotary Club of Lethbridge East and Lethbridge & District Exhibition Park are awarding 2 x $10,000 scholarships this year to students entering their final year in an undergraduate program or entering a Masters or PhD program. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2020.

The students must be from Southern Alberta (see application for the specific area) and they may take the scholarship with them to any recognized Agriculture College or University.

Cor Van Raay

Creating student opportunities such that the University of Lethbridge educates future generations in agribusiness practices that enable students to successfully operate wide ranging business in the agricultural sector

Cor Van Raay of Iron Springs, Alberta, emigrated from the Netherlands to Canada in 1959 and, after working in a variety of jobs, landed in Alberta where he embarked on a lifelong career in agriculture. Through his generousity, the following funding opportunities are available:

  • Cor Van Raay Innovation Fund: open to all faculty, instructors, academic assistants, librarians, and student teams with a faculty supervisor to apply. The fund will provide up to $5,000 for projects that have an agriculture or agribusiness focus.
  • Cor Van Raay Agility Award in Agriculture: is available to continuing undergraduate students with an interest in agriculture or agribusiness innovation and entrepreneurship. Up to five $1,500 scholarships are awarded annually. Applications are due November 1.

 

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