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Olds College of Agriculture & Technology is #4 in Canada's Top 50 Research Colleges

December 07, 2023

Olds College of Agriculture & Technology has been ranked fourth in Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges according to Research Infosource Inc. The continued growth of the Smart Agriculture Ecosystem and applied research activities on the Olds College Smart Farm launched the College into the top five this year. 


In addition to being ranked number four overall in the country, Olds College was listed nationally as number two for college research intensity (dollar per researcher) and number eight for college research income growth. In the small tier college category, Olds College made the top 10 for research partnerships and paid student researchers, and is number 11 for completed research projects.

 “We’re thrilled to be listed as number four of all research colleges in the country,” comments Dr. Joy Agnew, Vice President, Research, Olds College. “The expertise, infrastructure, and capacity available through the Olds College Centre for Innovation and the Olds College Smart Farm is helping grow Canada’s agriculture industry through industry-driven applied research. Our partners, clients, research teams, farm staff, faculty and students at the College have all played a key role in this tremendous achievement. Reaching the top five truly shows that our research activities at Olds College are strengthening the ag and ag tech industries in Canada.”

The College’s primary research areas of focus include field crop production, livestock production, environmental stewardship in agriculture, barley variety development, smart agriculture technologies and practices, and agriculture data utilization. The College collaborates with industry, academics and government to support applied research, innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship.

“It is a great honour to see Olds College of Agriculture & Technology recognized as number four of all research colleges in Canada,” says Dr. Ben Cecil, President, Olds College. “We are extremely proud of the positive impacts our research activities, programming and work-integrated learning is having on Canada’s agriculture industry. The research we do at the College is immensely rewarding, and I would like to acknowledge the excellent work of our research teams in leading innovation within the global agriculture industry. I’m excited to be part of Olds College as we continue working towards our social purpose of transforming agriculture for a better world.” 

The Smart Farm is at the heart of the Smart Agriculture Ecosystem at the College and has grown to include 3,600 acres of farmland, infrastructure, and staff who are experienced in agricultural technology research and development. Old College is committed to sharing the knowledge and learnings generated from research on the Smart Farm with people and organizations who will continue to spur the adoption of agriculture technologies which benefit producers, innovators and industry stakeholders.

Research Infosource Inc. also featured a five-year college spotlight on industry research income from 2018 to 2022 which highlights Olds College’s continued research success. Olds College ranked in the top five for industry research income and industry research income growth, as well as the top 10 for industry research income as percentage of total college research income.

Olds College of Agriculture & Technology
#4 in Canada's Top 50 Research Colleges


Ranking overall in Canada


in Canada's Top 50 Research Colleges


in College Research Intensity $ per Researcher


in College Research Income Growth

Ranking in Small Tier Colleges


in Paid Student Researchers


in Research Partnerships


 in Completed Research Projects

5-Year College Spotlight: Industry Research Income (2018-2022)


in Industry Research Income


in Industry Research Income Growth


 in Industry Research Income as % of Total College Research Income

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To learn more, read the Research Infosource Inc. media release and view the full list of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges.