Governments invest over $1.3 million in advancing horticulture at Assiniboine Community College

News release

January 17, 2024 – Brandon, Manitoba – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada 

The Canada and Manitoba governments through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) are investing over $1.3 million over 5 years to Assiniboine Community College (ACC) for Horticulture Production through innovative and sustainable production practices and protective system technologies, federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Agriculture Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced today.  

This funding supports the continued growth of ACC’s applied research and extension programming by uniting agricultural education, innovation, industry collaboration, extension and applied research. The ministers noted this investment builds on the previous “Field to Fork” funding which provided significant results, including exceeding student enrolment targets by over 400% and developing multiple new technologies.  

Two projects currently underway at ACC include conducting research on high tunnel crop production and research in a passive greenhouse setting, which reduces the production costs compared to a standard greenhouse. These studies contribute to making crops grown in Manitoba available over a longer season and work towards providing communities with opportunities to develop local food supply options. ACC is also researching crop varieties, agronomy and cropping systems to develop crops that are more resilient to extreme weather conditions, and in collaboration with northern Indigenous communities creating adaptable growing systems such as passive-solar greenhouses that foster year-round crop production.  

The ministers noted that without this innovative research program, the growth, profitability and sustainability of the Manitoba horticulture industry would be at a competitive disadvantage versus other horticultural producing regions of North America. 


“Research, education, and training in agriculture all play a vitally important role in maintaining Canada’s global competitiveness. This funding to Assiniboine Community College will help ensure our farmers in Manitoba can continue to meet the growing global demand for our high-quality products, while strengthening food security right here at home.” 

- The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food 

“The next generation of producers are facing a future trying to balance climate change and environmental protection while ensuring that their operations remain viable. ACC’s applied research program will offer innovative ways in which producers can meet these challenges and this funding will help ACC continue to solve the issues and challenges of the horticulture process, develop new products and technologies and improve business processes and grow their research program to meet the needs of the industry and community.” 

- Ron Kostyshyn, Manitoba Minister of Agriculture

“Having our governments invest in Assiniboine’s research and education gives us the ability to further expand our efforts and continue to work toward solutions around sustainability and food security – both key to the future of our industry. We thank the Province of Manitoba and the Federal Government for supporting the research and industry collaboration that is so integral to the Edwards School, enhancing opportunities for students to gain real world professional experiences through applied research projects and ensuring effective knowledge transfer and innovation for our communities, industry and partners.” 

- Tim Hore, Dean, Russ Edwards School of Agriculture & Environment at Assiniboine Community College

Quick facts

  • The Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a 5-year, $3.5-billion investment by Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors. This includes $1 billion in federal programs and activities and a $2.5 billion commitment that is cost-shared 60% federally and 40% provincially-territorially for programs that are designed and delivered by provinces and territories.

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