Familiar name to lead applied research, centre of innovation at Olds College

With a passion for agriculture, research, and teaching, Dr. Joy Agnew will be taking on the position of director, applied research, Centre of Innovation at Olds College.

“I’m looking forward to being a part of the growth and collaboration between the Smart Farm and the Olds College Centre for Innovation,” Agnew says.

Agnew will be building upon the research successes already achieved at Olds College over the past two decades with a focus on tur grass, wetlands, livestock  and field crops; and at the same time, focus on emerging opportunities aligned with the Olds College Smart Farm.

“Olds College is committed to being a leader in agriculture technology and strengthening Canada’s ag sector through innovation, testing, demonstration and skill development. We are growing our programming, applied research, and partnerships to create a cutting-edge high-tech learning and applied research environment,” says Patrick Machacek, vice president development and strategy at Olds College. “Our strategy includes collaboration between students, lifelong learners, faculty and industry partners throughout the agriculture and technology sectors. Dr. Agnew’s expertise and experience will be extremely valuable as we grow our applied research program, and we are delighted to have her join the Olds College team.”

Most recently, Agnew worked as the program manager for agricultural research services for the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI). According to the release, she led dozens of projects related to grain storage and drying, biomass handling and logistics, fibre harvesting and processing, agronomy, bioenergy production, and technical and economic feasibility analyses for the agricultural industry. She’s also been a regular here on RealAgriculture talking grain drying and more (see those stories here).

Agnew is no stranger to agriculture having grown up on a grain farm new Prince Albert, Sask. In 2000, she obtained her B.Sc. in Ag/Bio Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. She went on to complete her M.Sc. in compost science at the University of Alberta in 2002, and returned to the U of S to work as a research engineer for the SaskPork chair in Environmental Engineering. One of her projects as a research engineer rolled into a Ph.D. program in the area of greenhouse gas and odour emissions from manure spreading, which she completed in 2010.

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