Kelburn Farm Celebrates 20 Years of Growth

This year marks 20 years since Kelburn Farm became Richardson’s first research and demonstration farm.

After the flood of the century in 1997, Richardson transitioned Kelburn Farm from a commercial grain farm into a research and demonstration farm.

Kelburn Farm in 1997.

Twenty years later, Kelburn has become a showcase farm for agriculture in Western Canada. We work closely with our sponsors, the agriculture industry, our employees and our customers to put the latest agricultural technologies and equipment to the test.

Kelburn Farm Manager, Brian Hellegards guides a group of Richardson employees through a crop tour.

“Kelburn has tremendous value for us and our partners. It is a place we can all meet, learn and discuss the issues of the day,” said Peter Entz, Assistant Vice-President, Seed and Traits. “We are tackling some relevant issues and providing a venue to educate and show how modern agriculture is performing and advancing.”

Kelburn Farm has also become a prominent education centre for employees, our customers and students. Every year, Richardson welcomes more than 2,500 children to the farm for various agriculture related programs.

Ag in the Classroom event at Kelburn Farm.

“To have the opportunity to take students and teachers out to a real working farm is amazing. Not every farm can host schools and the number of students we want to take out,” said Johanne Ross, Executive Director for Agriculture in the Classroom- Canada.

In 2013, Richardson renovated the buildings on the farm. Every year, the buildings are used for training and events that bring together employees, customers and suppliers.

In 2013, Richardson renovated the building on the farm, like this main building.

“It’s such a unique, value-added resource that Richardson has developed to allow all people to come out and get that experience on the farm,” said Ellen Pruden, Canola Eat Well Director with Manitoba Canola Growers.

Want to stay up to date on what’s happening at Kelburn Farm and Bennett Farm? Follow along on Twitter @Richardson_Farm

Learn more about Kelburn and the impacts the farm has had on the Canadian agriculture industry. Watch our video here.


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