AGRIS Co-operative donates $100K towards the Ontario Sustainable Crop Research and Innovation Centre


The construction of a new Ontario Sustainable Crop Research and Innovation Centre just got a boost in funding thanks to AGRIS Co-operative. The new building will be located at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus.

The proposed centre will have a focus on sustainable cropping priorities for Ontario producers and will feature state-of-the-art research suites, laboratories, seed storage units, and research offices. Projects undertaken at the centre will work to keep Ontario agriculture globally competitive, and topics explored at the centre will vary from production systems, best management practices, crop evaluation, agronomic strategies, trait development, nutrient management, land usage, resource and energy application, variety development, and evaluation and plant breeding.

When complete, it will also be a learning centre for agricultural students in diploma, master’s, and Ph.D. programs.

AGRIS Co-operative pledges $100,000 towards University of Guelph’s crop research centre at Ridgetown campus. From L-R: John Nooyen, AGRIS Co-operative board president, Ken McEwan, University of Guelph Ridgetown campus director. (Supplied)


“AGRIS Co-operative has a long association with the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus and we are proud to help support the construction of this new Ontario Sustainable Crop Research and Innovation Centre.”

-John Nooyen, AGRIS Co-operative board president.

“This new Crop Research and Innovation Centre will not only be of tremendous benefit to the students and faculty of the Ridgetown Campus, but also to producers in southwest Ontario and across Canada, providing them with valuable agronomic information.”

-Jim Campbell, AGRIS Co-operative general manager.



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