Field Crop Development Centre Sets Strategic Direction

FCDC Strategic Plan

In January, 2021 the Field Crop Development Centre transitioned from the ministry of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to Olds College. Focused on developing enhanced cereal varieties for feed, forage, malt, food and bio-industrial uses, the FCDC research program is made up of plant breeding, pathology, quality and biotechnology development.

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Field Crop Development Centre Sets Strategic Direction

In January, 2021 the Field Crop Development Centre transitioned from the ministry of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to Olds College. Focused on developing enhanced cereal varieties for feed, forage, malt, food and bio-industrial uses, the FCDC research program is made up of plant breeding, pathology, quality and biotechnology development. 

To ensure that FCDC is positioned to be an industry leader in research and development a Steering Committee was formed with members representing the barley and triticale value chain. 

“We reached out to stakeholders to get critical feedback and insight about the challenges - and opportunities - facing producers and the agri-food businesses. Feedback that was used to create a strategic plan that will provide Olds College’s Field Crop Development Centre with a clear path forward, and bring us one step closer to fulfilling our social purpose of ‘transforming agriculture for a better world,’” comments Stuart Cullum, President, Olds College. 

The Olds College Field Crop Development Centre Strategic Plan is a five year plan centred around six strategic drivers. The drivers were created from consistent themes that the Steering Committee identified through interviews conducted with a range of stakeholders from the agriculture sector.