Field day showcases local agriculture research

Parkland College and East Central Research Foundation (ECRF) welcomed about 70 farmers, agriculture professionals, and industry representatives to their sixth annual research farm field day Thursday near Yorkton. The event highlights the agriculture applied research partnership between the College and ECRF, which officially began in 2013.

This summer there are numerous projects underway at the joint research farm 1 km south of Yorkton on York Lake Road. There is also a secondary site east of the city. Researchers are conducting a variety of trials on numerous crops, including wheat, oats, barley, canola, quinoa, soybeans, and many more.

Parkland College and ECRF have a long-term plan to carry out agriculture research activities in the Yorkton area. The partnership enabled Parkland College to become the first regional college in Saskatchewan to undertake an applied research program to serve regional economic development. The College also uses the field research site to provide hands-on training to students enrolled in agriculture programs.

The data collected on site throughout the growing season will be shared with the research community, agricultural industry, and local producers. More information on these and other projects is available at www.ecrf.ca.


About Parkland College:
Parkland College provides high quality, learner centred education and training as a foundation for lifelong success. The College offers a superior learning and campus experience for all students through quality programming and services. Students can get started on their careers by completing university classes, full degrees, and skills training and trades certificates. Parkland College also delivers high school upgrading, safety training, and corporate/professional development.

About East Central Research Foundation:
Established in 1996, the East Central Research Foundation (ECRF) is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to conduct crop production research and extension activities for the agricultural industry of east central Saskatchewan. It is directed by a board of local producers and advised by provincial specialists.

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For more information contact:
Mike Hall
Research Coordinator
Parkland College/ECRF
Phone: 306.621.6032

Parkland College adds pair to Board of Governors

Parkland College is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Governors. Wendy Becenko and Ken Karius have joined the board and attended their first meeting on June 21.

Wendy Becenko and Ken Karius have joined the Parkland College Board of Governors.

Becenko, from Kamsack, is an administrator for the Rural Municipality of Calder. She has served on Kamsack Town Council and has volunteered with many community organizations including the East Central Tourism Board and Community Futures Ventures.

Karius is a Melville resident and Saskatchewan Operations Manager for North American Lumber. He is a former Melville city councillor and has served numerous community organizations including Melville Minor Sports, Melville Chamber of Commerce, and Melville Regional Park Authority.

With the new additions, the Parkland College Board of Governors currently has five members. Yorkton’s Raymond Sass is the longest-serving current governor, having joined the board in 2013. Melville’s Brian Hicke and Yorkton’s Leonard Keshane began their terms in 2016. Two more appointments are expected in the near future to give the board a full complement of seven members.

The Board of Governors meets monthly to oversee Parkland College’s operations and to provide direction and guidance on institutional decisions. Board members advocate on behalf of the College and support efforts relating to regional economic growth.


About Parkland College:
Parkland College provides high quality, learner centred education and training as a foundation for lifelong success. The College offers a superior learning and campus experience for all students through quality programming and services. Students can get started on their careers by completing university classes, full degrees, and skills training and trades certificates. Parkland College also delivers high school upgrading, safety training, and corporate/professional development.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Coordinator, Corporate & Internal Engagement
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595