August is moving month at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Swift Current Research and Development Centre for staff who are settling into newly constructed laboratories to replace the old wing built in the 1960s.
Bruce McArthur, associate director of research, development and tech transfer, says the new laboratories have the electrical and internet capacity needed to support modern analytical equipment and meet today’s occupational health and safety standards for laboratories.
The next phase of the $35.3 million rejuvenation will upgrade the offices and meeting rooms.
The new facilities will support the work of several new researchers at the station.
Agronomist Mervin St. Luce, soil microbial ecologist Luke Bainard, crop physiologist Sangha Jatinder, and geneticist Vijai Bhadauria were in place by July and range and forage ecophysiologist Jillian Bainard is due to start in September. Interviews for a beef nutritionist were to be wrapped up at the end of July but the hunt continues for a new perennial forage breeder. McArthur hopes that position will be filled by the end of the year.