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  • Welcome to OCCI
    The Olds College Centre for Innovation (OCCI) is the scientifically acclaimed applied research division of Olds College. Olds College actively pursues involvement in applied research.
  • OCCI Programs
    OCCI provides student and new skills training and provide service to companies that seek new value in existing biofuel or waste-to-energy manufacturing sub-segments, such as waste recovery and valorization.
  • Compost
    The Composting Technology Centre is a full scale Class I composting facility situated on six acres of the Olds College campus. This research facility receives continuous shipments of organic residual from the communities within Mountain View County.
  • Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre
    The PTRC is a joint venture of Olds College and the Alberta Turfgrass Research Foundation (ATRF). The ATRF funds and directs the operations of the PTRC.

OCCI's Areas of Focus

Within OCCI, there are four unique research areas that demonstrate excellence, as measured by the connection to student learning, industry partnerships, government investment and the unique facilities and expertise we offer:


Turfgrass Research


Apparel Innovation Centre


OCCI offers specialized facilities and expertise in the area of agri-food production, processing, analysis, certification and waste management. Our Olds College farm is home to field trials for agricultural companies including varietal testing, novel fertilizers and pesticide trials. Situated on over 2000 acres of prime agricultural land, we host the Bayer Crop Science regional research facility. The Farm offers a sophisticated handling and Growsafe TM system for the evaluation of feed efficiency in livestock, including cattle and sheep. OCCI continues to provide feed efficiency testing on bulls in order to identify efficient sires at a younger age, and improve the profit margin and competitiveness for many Canadian beef cattle producers. The recent renovation and re-branding of the National Meat Training Centre and the acquisition of specialized equipment will renew and reinforce our ability to serve the Canadian meat industry’s needs for product and process innovation and enhanced quality assurance. We offer services, expertise and access to facilities for crop processing, fermentation, pilot incubation, quality analysis and certification through our Bioindustry Resource Centre and Analytical Laboratories. Research greenhouses allow for phytotoxicity trials and testing of biocontrol agents in agri-food production. A variety of composting and food waste management strategies are investigated in our Composting Technology Centre.

Olds College Farm Facilities - Summary


The National Meat Training Centre, Located in the Animal Sciences building, is where student can go to learn about meat processing. It is also a great place to order your fresh meats cut by the students of Olds College.

The National Meat Training Centre at Olds College has new hours!  

Monday - Friday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturdays10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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