Research Station Overview
Shaping the Future of Agri-Food Through Research
Through the unique partnership between the University of Guelph and OMAFRA, 15 research stations located throughout Ontario enable research that supports the agri-food industry. They are an important part of the University of Guelph's unique capacity in agriculture and food research.
From Ridgetown in the south-west to Winchester in the east and New Liskeard in the north, each station has a particular livestock, food or crops focus, or are representative of unique farming areas, such as Northern or Eastern Ontario. Most have multiple research facilities and provide an important platform for extension and teaching demonstrations.
This cross-province network of animal and crop research stations is aligned to ensure the Ontario agri-food industry will be strong and thriving for years to come.
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Operated by the University of Guelph
All 15 research stations are owned by the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO). The University of Guelph manages the stations with oversight from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affair’s Research and Innovation Branch.
ARIO, a provincial agency, provides strategic advice on agri-food and agri-products research and innovation to support the growth of Ontario's agri-food sector. ARIO's infrastructure strategy is being implemented to modernize the province’s agri-food research facilities, which are key to delivering the research and innovation that drives economic sustainability and growth.
Research Station Access
Individuals or companies looking to access a research station must apply through the Research Program.
Livestock Research and Innovation Centre - Dairy Facility
Tours of LRIC-Dairy are contingent upon approval of a tour application. Each request is considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Rebecca Rebus at 519-826-3809 or email Rebecca for more information and to get an application.
Other Research Stations
For information about potential tours of other ARIO research stations, please contact Mary Visser Kerr at 519-826-3800 or email Mary.
Key infrastructure accomplishments and developments
- One of the newest research stations, the Livestock Research and Innovation Centre - Dairy Facility at Elora, ON, provides state-of-the-art facilities for dairy researchers, as well as new opportunities for education, collaboration and outreach.
- The new research greenhouse facility at Vineland Research and Innovations Centre (VRIC) at Vineland, ON celebrated its grand opening in June 2016.
- Planning is underway for new field crop services buildings at both New Liskeard Station and Winchester Agricultural Research Station, with construction expected in Summer 2017.
- Planning continues for a new facility for the Guelph Turfgrass Institute and the relocation of research plots with detailed site design and plot construction underway.
- Ontario will soon be home to the most sophisticated sustainable livestock production research centre in Canada. Construction begins on the new Beef Livestock Research and Innovation Centre at Elora, ON this fall.