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  • Welcome to OCCI
    The Olds College Centre for Innovation (OCCI) is the scientifically acclaimed applied research division of Olds College. Olds College actively pursues involvement in applied research.
  • OCCI Programs
    OCCI provides student and new skills training and provide service to companies that seek new value in existing biofuel or waste-to-energy manufacturing sub-segments, such as waste recovery and valorization.
  • Compost
    The Composting Technology Centre is a full scale Class I composting facility situated on six acres of the Olds College campus. This research facility receives continuous shipments of organic residual from the communities within Mountain View County.
  • Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre
    The PTRC is a joint venture of Olds College and the Alberta Turfgrass Research Foundation (ATRF). The ATRF funds and directs the operations of the PTRC.

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Hop Yard status update


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Dr. Paul Tiege


Alberta Hops!

The Olds College Hops Research Initiative (OCHRI)

Since its inception in 1913, Olds College has been an integral part of the central Alberta landscape – particularly as an intersection of fundamental knowledge and practical employment, and importantly a place to share information towards higher achievement. About 17 years ago, the College formalized the latter role into the Centre for Innovation (OCCI), the applied research and development department of the College. And though 100 years ago it wasn’t known by this description, the intent remains the same: advancing innovation-based rural economic development in Alberta.

We work shoulder-to-shoulder with the numerous colleges, universities and research offices of Alberta's research corps to deliver the knowledge that businesses need to succeed and to make critical innovation decisions. Our mandate is the agriculture, horticulture, land and environmental management sectors through market-focused applied research and the development of enabling processes and new products.

OCCI is small but effective. With 12 full time staff, the office has assisted hundreds of small and medium sized companies in these sectors to explore and develop new ideas and products. We provide an essential research service to established and aspiring small businesses that includes research and product development, prototyping, even background literature and patent searching. We need them to succeed: their success is our success.

Within the 130-140 colleges and institutes in Canada, we were recognized as 17th overall in 2016’s “Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges” survey, in the top 10 in terms of growth, and 10th in Canada for partnerships (Research Infosource Inc). 

Survey results

Olds College surveyed Alberta's small brewers about their hops use and preferences.  Find out what they said.

Research Hop Yard status update

Land base is secured! The Board has approved our request for ~6 acres of historical sheep pasture. The site is close to water (see map) and has a shelter-belt running north/south on the west side. In the spring we will determine the most suitable parcel for the hop yard and nursery, and break ground!

Funding is secured! Thanks to funding partner Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions for funding the installation costs. Thanks to our industry partners Northern Girls Hops, Bright Bine Hops and Anvil Hops for providing industry support! Materials (e.g. trellis poles, irrigation line, cables...) will be purchased in the spring under the funding allotment.

Do you sell poles?

Please contact Olds College purchasing via email at for RFQ information.


Hop yard design resources

Olds College Research Hop Yard Design 2017
Ontaria Hop Growers' Association - selecting the right trellis design
Hop Growers of America
Ontario Hop Growers' Association - resources
Crannog Ales and Left Fields
Nova Scotia - Hop Growers Guide 2013

Plants and rhizomes

Northern Girls Hopyard
Prairie Gen Hops
National Clean Plant Network
Hop Disease and Pests

Hops testing

Commodity Lab Vancouver (CLV)

Hop yard management

University of Vermont - hops project (fantastic resource with information on every aspect)

Pests, weeds and disease

Top Hop Fungal Diseases for Alberta: Overview
University of Vermont - hops project
Northwest Crops & Soils Program - 2014 Hops Weed Management Trial
Pacific Northwest - Pest Management Handbooks - Hop Pests
PMN International - Plant Health Progress (powdery mildew)
APS - Compendium of Hop Diseases and Pest
Washington State University - Hop Handbook - Field Guide for Integratyed Pest Management in Hops


University of Vermont
USA Hops

Growers groups

Ontario Hop Growers' Association
British Columbia Hop Growers Association

Hop Research Yard location