Lethbridge College sugar beet research project receives Alberta Innovates funding

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A new Lethbridge College research project exploring how automation and wireless technology can boost sugar beet storage is getting a funding shot from Alberta Innovates.

The Alberta Innovates Smart Agriculture and Food Digitization and Automation Challenge has awarded Dr. Chandra Singh with $236,083.

Dr. Sing is the applied research chair in Agricultural Engineering and Technology at Lethbridge College’s Centre for Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CARIE).

He said that, “sugar beet farming and processing is a significant contributor to the southern Alberta economy, contributing $32.2 million in farm receipts annually.”

“Growers and processors face unique challenges with this crop; this project is an opportunity to develop solutions to reduce losses and improve productivity.”

His project is one of eight sharing more $10.7 million over three years through the award out of nearly 50 submissions received.

The three-year, $404,733 total project is a collaboration between Lethbridge College, Lantic and the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers (ASBG), with Calgary’s OPisystems providing technical support.

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