Three new buildings were constructed, including a megadome for machinery and a room for drying and cleaning grain. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers specialize in fodder plants and soil composition, while those at Laval University specialize in field crops, such as corn or soybeans.
Previously working on a few lands scattered on the South Shore of Quebec, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada had the ambition to “establish itself in the long term to be able to do bigger things”, explains the Assistant Deputy Minister Gilles Saindon. “We are in the process of creating a unique center in Canada”, said Mr. Dufour, who maintains that without the financial contribution of the federal government, Laval University would not have had the means to give back its letters of nobility at this farm.
Most of the research carried out aims to develop healthier agricultural products and sustainable agricultural practices, without pesticides or other chemicals.