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Premier officially opens UFV Ag Centre of Excellence in Chilliwack

Flanked by University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) president Mark Evered (left) and Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk (right) Premier Christy Clark cuts the ribbon to officially open UFV
Flanked by University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) president Mark Evered (left) and Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk (right) Premier Christy Clark cuts the ribbon to officially open UFV's Agriculture Centre of Excellence in Chilliwack on Friday.
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Premier Christy Clark was in Chilliwack Friday to help kick off the University of the Fraser Valley's (UFV) 40th anniversary party with a ribbon cutting at the school's brand new Agriculture Centre of Excellence (ACE).

"We promised to support a new, state-of-the-art agriculture facility at UFV, and we're here today delivering on that promise," Clark said in a press release.

Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness spoke to the attended crowd of 200-plus about how important the facility will be as a hub for agriculture education in B.C.

"This has been a dream for our community for a long time," Throness said.

Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk pointed to the state-of-the-art technology featured at the centre.

"This is not Fraser Valley, this is not Canada, this is the best technology in the world," Virk said.

The ACE is located at the Chilliwack campus at Canada Education Park, where it is housed in a complex that includes a greenhouse and barn that complements current classroom and lab facilities.

ACE provides infrastructure and programs to identify and react to trends, challenges and opportunities in agribusiness that includes production, processing and marketing for food, ornamental plants and nutraceuticals.

The project is a $2.7-million investment in agriculture teaching and innovation. It includes a 780-square-metre demonstration barn for livestock, swine and poultry and a 600-square-metre polycarbonate greenhouse—the tallest of its kind in North America.

Funding to-date for Phase 1 of the ACE came from the Ministry of Advanced Education ($1 million), local industry and partners investment ($387,000), UFV ($1.1 million) and Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation ($250,000).

 

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