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

Aggies take Grow the Future Gala online, raise $10,000 to donate to local non-profit organization Ag for Life

The Grow the Future Gala could not be held in person this spring, so the University of Lethbridge Agricultural Students’ Society (The Aggies) went online and still managed to raise $10,000 to donate to the local non-profit organization Agriculture for Life.

The Aggies annually present their Grow the Future Gala, an event designed to bring together students and industry while raising money for a non-profit organization of the club’s choice. The COVID-19 pandemic put an end to all in-person events, but it did not deter The Aggies and with support from multiple sponsors and donors, they were able to still achieve a substantial donation.

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.

Undergraduate Courses in Agricultural Studies

Students who pursue an undergraduate degree in agricultural studies will also take courses in biological sciences, economics, and geography, depending on their chosen degree.

Course Highlight: Agricultural Studies 1000 | The Evolution of Agriculture

A survey of the major achievements in agriculture, spanning its origins until the present. Particular emphasis on agricultural-related activities in Europe and North America. The role of Indigenous peoples and women in agriculture, world food issues, and the environmental consequences of modern agriculture.

 

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