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Olds College Welcomes New Director, Applied Research, Centre of Innovation

January 8, 2019  | Olds, Alberta 

Director of ResearchOlds College is pleased to announce Dr. Joy Agnew has accepted the position of Director, Applied Research, Centre of Innovation.  In her new role, Dr. Agnew will build upon the research successes achieved at Olds College over the past two decades in areas such as turfgrass, 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,” comments Patrick Machacek, Vice President Development and Strategy, 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.”

Dr. Agnew most recently worked at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) in Humboldt, Saskatchewan as the program manager for agricultural research services, where she led dozens of projects related to grain storage and drying, biomass handling and logistics, fiber harvesting and processing, agronomy, bioenergy production, and technical and economic feasibility analyses for the agricultural industry.

“I am very excited to join the team at Olds College,” comments Dr. Joy Agnew, Director, Applied Research, Centre of Innovation. “I am passionate about agriculture, research, and teaching so this opportunity allows me to be involved in all three in a dynamic environment. I'm looking forward to being a part of the growth and collaboration between the Smart Farm and the Olds College Centre for Innovation.”

Joy grew up on a grain farm near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and obtained her B.Sc. in Ag/Bio Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) in 2000. 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.