Prairie Innovation Centre gets $10,000 boost

Donation will support sustainable agriculture

Assiniboine College’s Prairie Innovation Centre for Sustainable Agriculture fund is $10,000 richer after a donation by Guild/HMS Insurance Group.

The campaign to build this facility, Assiniboine’s response to labour market demands in agriculture, was announced in October 2020.

“Agriculture is an important part of the communities (and we are) proud to operate across Westman,” said Brett McGregor, president at Guild/HMS. “Farmers feed the world, and do so with certain resources like land that you can’t make more of, so continued innovation in the agriculture industry is vitally important for all of us.

“The training and research that will take place at the new Prairie Innovation Centre for Sustainable Agriculture will increase efficiency and profitability of farms of all sizes, which is good for our customers and the markets they serve.”

The Prairie Innovation Centre is Assiniboine’s vision for the future of agriculture training. The facility, to be located on the historic North Hill campus in Brandon, will combine indoor and outdoor learning spaces for hands-on training experiences.

“Looking at a homegrown solution to growing agriculture sector needs, we are grateful for support from a truly Westman entity like Guild/HMS Insurance,” said Mark Frison, president at Assiniboine.

“The Prairie Innovation Centre will help people develop skills and talents for new emerging jobs. It will allow Assiniboine to align programs related to agriculture and environment to meet industry and economy needs.”

The donation is part of a large capital campaign to provide a homegrown hub for agriculture innovation in Westman.

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