Regenerative Agriculture

Become a leader. Revitalize the agricultural industry with sustainable ranching through TRU.

The Regenerative Agriculture program is a 63 credit program, the first of its kind in British Columbia. This program allows you to gain practical experience on farms or ranches of your choice, learning hands on skills for the enterprises you are interested in pursuing. From beef and sheep production to pasture poultry or pork as well as greenhouse vegetable, fruit and berry enterprises — the program has host farms for you.

The core of the program is gaining a solid foundation in business and enterprise management as well as learning how to practice regenerative agriculture in a variety of ecosystems and production systems. In-class and/or online courses in business and enterprise diversification teach you to how to assess, select and develop each enterprise, in order to plan for success. Business courses include strategy, financial management, marketing and human resources while natural resource science courses include biodiversity, soil health, range ecology, grazing management, riparian management and many others. The tools you gain will allow you to build and manage a diversified and resilient farming operation or agricultural business in BC, across Canada or around the world.

What to expect

  • Participate in real-life farm or ranching operations in BC
  • Gain employment-ready experience
  • Understand how ranch and rangeland ecosystems react to management decisions
  • Understand livestock needs and how to best manage the natural environment to produce nutritious proteins to feed the world
  • Learn to design farming or ranching enterprises that fit the environment and resources while providing a return on investment
  • Experience a program that is built in BC to address the needs of the local ranching environment, but the skills can be applied to anywhere in the world
  • Learn to develop and fine-tune enterprise management around the unique market opportunities and environment in your region

Whether you are already part of the farming and ranching community or you are a newcomer, the interdisciplinary and practical, hands-on approach of the ASUR program will help you successfully lead and enhance the future of regenerative agriculture and building resilient community food systems.

Careers

As a graduate of this program, you may discover career opportunities within areas such as:

  • Agriculture entrepreneur
  • Ranch or farm manager or enterprise manager
  • Farm manager trainee
  • Land or range manager
  • Forest Service — range technician
  • Development corporation manager
  • Food sovereignty coordinator
  • Banking — agriculture account manager
  • Trainee with consulting company
  • Customer service or sales manager — irrigation, seed or equipment sales

You can also use your diploma (GPA minimum requirement) to ladder into the third year of the Olds College’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Agribusiness degree. If you decide to branch out and apply your knowledge to another profession, you can also transfer credits gained into TRU’s Natural Resource Science program or the Bachelor of General Studies.

Application requirements

Admission is limited. Admission is offered on a first-applied, first-qualified (completed application and all requirements met) basis. It is important to complete your application as soon as possible to ensure the best chance of securing a seat.

Educational requirements

  • High school graduation or mature student status.
  • Foundations of Mathematics 11 with a minimum C (or equivalent)
  • English Studies 12/English First Peoples 12 (or equivalent)
  • Students are responsible for finding their own suitable work experience placement.

Additional requirements

  • A good working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Access to a reliable internet source
Course Schedule

Completion of 33 credits will get you a certificate. The full 63 credits are required to get a diploma.

First Year Courses
RGEN 1010A
RGEN 1060
Food Crop Diversification (21,24,0)

RGEN 1060 Food Crop Diversification (21,24,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students will learn through best management practices for managing additional farm enterprises (i.e. market gradients, greenhouse production, food processing and box programs. Students will learn the key financial and production benchmarks for being profitable with each of these enterprises.
Note: Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
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RGEN 1070
Livestock Diversification (21,24,0)

RGEN 1070 Livestock Diversification (21,24,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students will choose three pasture-based livestock enterprises to focus on. For each of these they will develop an enterprise analysis, complete with a gross margin and return on investment calculation.
Prerequisite: Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
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RGEN 1040
Applied Skills, Farm Safety and Emergency Preparedness (21,24,0)

RGEN 1040 Applied Skills, Farm Safety and Emergency Preparedness (21,24,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

In this skills-based course, students explore a variety of techniques commonly used in ranch operations. Students apply skills related to humane animal care, stockmanship and dog training, equipment preventative maintenance, safe operating procedures, and fencing techniques. Additionally, students examine opportunities for diversification, including key success factors and production and income benchmarks for a number of alternative agriculture enterprises.
Note: Students will only receive credit for one of ASUR 1040 and RGEN 1040. Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
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RGEN 1050
On Farm Demonstration Research I (14,16,0)

RGEN 1050 On Farm Demonstration Research I (14,16,0)

Credits: 2 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students will learn how to design a on-farm demonstration research project. Students will install, collect, analyze and interpret data collected on their farm.
Note: Individuals courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
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RGEN 1080
Strategic Management and Leadership (21,24,0)

RGEN 1080 Strategic Management and Leadership (21,24,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students will learn the key components of building a business strategy and a strategic plan and will develop a business level strategy and strategic plan for their organization. Students will also identify the key features of balancing farm/ranch enterprises and family life including the components of a succession plan.
Note: Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission
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RGEN 1020
Sustainable Business Enterprise (21,24,0)

RGEN 1020 Sustainable Business Enterprise (21,24,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Within this course students develop a financial and finance plan for their agriculture and agri-tourism enterprises.
Note: Students can only receive credit for one of ASUR 1020 or RGEN 1020. Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
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RGEN 1090
Marketing, Communications, Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management (21,24,0)

RGEN 1090 Marketing, Communications, Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management (21,24,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

From the foundation skills learned in this course, students will build a strategic marketing plan based on market research, segmentation, target market identification, positioning, and finally implementation of the 4 Ps. Students will also learn skills in conflict resolution, and build a communications plan for their agriculture operation, with an apology statement in the event of a crisis.
Note: Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
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RGEN 1030
Biodiversity, Invasive Species & Watersheds & Riparian Systems (21,24,0)

RGEN 1030 Biodiversity, Invasive Species & Watersheds & Riparian Systems (21,24,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students will become familiar with the importance of farm diversity and riparian health. Students will learn approaches to improving farm diversity, the process of developing a farm level management plans and measurements and techniques for supporting healthy riparian systems.
Note: Students will only receive credit for one of ASUR 1030 and RGEN 1030. Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
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RGEN 1140
RGEN 1130
Introduction to Soils and Soil Health (24,21,0)

RGEN 1130 Introduction to Soils and Soil Health (24,21,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course surveys the physical, chemical and biological properties of soils. Topics include soil formation, classification, use and conservation.
Note: Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
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RGEN 2090
Tkumne7iple7tens re Secwepemeu’lecw (Secwepemc Laws of the Land) (21,24,0)

RGEN 2090 Tkumne7iple7tens re Secwepemeu’lecw (Secwepemc Laws of the Land) (21,24,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students will gain an understanding of the history of the Secwepemc people, the issues facing them today and how as future land managers, they can be part of the healing process on the land. Students will learn about range plants that are used by Secwepemc people and how to help preserve these areas while out on the land. The use of cultural burning will also be examined.
Note: Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
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Second Year Courses
RGEN 2010
Beef Nutrition and Herd Health (21,24,0)

RGEN 2010 Beef Nutrition and Herd Health (21,24,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students develop skills related to beef cattle nutrition and how to balance the nutrition needs of the herd through the seasons, with the resources they have at hand. Students will learn through the seminar presentation, the key components of a year-round herd health and parasitology program for a beef cattle operation.
Note: Students will only receive credit for one of ASUR 2010 and RGEN 2010. Individual courses may be taken my non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
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RGEN 2060
Beef Genetics and Technology in Agriculture (21,24,0)

RGEN 2060 Beef Genetics and Technology in Agriculture (21,24,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students will develop skills related to beef cattle genetics, including sire and replacement heifer selection, heifer development and appropriate culling techniques to maximize efficiency and gross margin. They will also learn mapping tools and apply these to forage production and carrying capacity calculations over large areas. Various emerging agriculture technologies will be introduced, along with their potential value under various regenerative ranching systems.
Note: Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
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RGEN 2020
Sheep Production, Flock Health and Nutrition (21,24,0)

RGEN 2020 Sheep Production, Flock Health and Nutrition (21,24,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students develop skills related to sheep husbandry and nutrition and learn to balance the nutrition needs of the flock/herd through the seasons, with the resources they have on hand. They will also learn the key components of a year-round flock health program for a sheep production enterprise and the best management practices for maintaining flock/herd health.
Note: Students will only receive credit for one of ASUR 2020 and RGEN 2020. Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
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RGEN 2030
Winter Forage Production (21,24,0)

RGEN 2030 Winter Forage Production (21,24,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students will learn the role of forages in sustainable food production, forage management and harvesting options and the principles of irrigation design, systems and management. The key concepts of plant physiology, plant identification, species & variety features will be examined as well as their adaptation and their roles in forage stands and production. Students will learn management approaches that include cover crops, perennial species mixtures, potential cropping rotations and other considerations relating to maintaining or improving soil health while achieving farm/ranch objectives.
Note: Students will only receive credit for one of ASUR 2030 and RGEN 2030. Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
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RGEN 2040
Introduction to Tourism, Marketing, and Product Development (21,24,0)

RGEN 2040 Introduction to Tourism, Marketing, and Product Development (21,24,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the soft adventure and agri-tourism industry at a global and local level. Historical, geographical and cultural contexts will be examined in relation to the development of product and service opportunities.
Note: Students will only receive credit for one of ASUR 2040 and RGEN 2040. Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
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RGEN 2070
Regenerative Agri-Tourism Business Strategy and Applied Project (21,24,0)

RGEN 2070 Regenerative Agri-Tourism Business Strategy and Applied Project (21,24,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students build on the foundations established in RGEN 2040 by continuing to explore the soft adventure and agri-tourism industry at a global and local level. Historical, geographical and cultural contexts in the evolution of sustainable tourism and regenerative tourism will be examined in relation to the planning and management of tourism strategy, business operations, as well as developing an agri-tourism business marketing plan.
Note: Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
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RGEN 2080
Food Sovereignty (24,21,0)

RGEN 2080 Food Sovereignty (24,21,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore and apply the community development approach to food sovereignty and develop applied skills in vegetable and greenhouse production using regenerative agriculture principles.
Note: Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
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RGEN 1110
Human Resource Management and Land Resources (21,24,0)

RGEN 1110 Human Resource Management and Land Resources (21,24,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students will learn the governance framework of agriculture resources within BC and identify the regulatory system and land interests to which it applies. They will also be introduced to the main government programs for risk management, research, extension, and innovation.
Note: Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission
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RGEN 2050
Comprehensive Business and Operations Plan (21,24,0)

RGEN 2050 Comprehensive Business and Operations Plan (21,24,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Utilizing the skills they have acquired through the Regenerative Agriculture program, students will build a comprehensive business and operations plan for their ranch, farm, or tourism operation.
Note: Students will only receive credit for one of ASUR 2050 and RGEN 2050. Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
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