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Signature research themes

Pioneers of integrated research

NCLE's strength is its ability to bring together diverse disciplines and partners to find more complete answers to agroecosystem challenges. Experts involved in NCLE research projects span animal care, animal nutrition, soil fertility, agronomy, plant breeding, economics, biosystems engineering, entomology, climate, modelling and more. Working together, they are able to consider environmental challenges from multiple perspectives and find solutions that make sense on today’s farms.

Collaboration is a craft requiring specialized tools and a strong spirit of collegiality. NCLE has been developing both since its establishment in the early 2000s.

NCLE's approach encourages efficient use of research dollars, too. Researchers have more opportunities to combine efforts, bring additional partners into projects and expand the scope of questions addressed.

Students involved in these projects can experience a leading-edge approach to research that makes more effective use of resources. The benefits are ultimately shared with producers and partners through an active knowledge transfer program.

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Research spotlight

Managing manure like the valued resource it is

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Research article

Dig Deeper

NCLE FIELD LABORATORY PHASE 1 AND 2 - Twelve years of field research at the NCLE Long Term Field Laboratory yielding a wealth of manure management information

NCLE FIELD LABORATORY PHASE 3 - Soil health benefits and preservation study description

Long-term field laboratory and archive

Where we do research

NCLE operates as a virtual centre, connecting researchers, students, industry and government through multi-disciplinary, multi-agency research partnerships.

Major infrastructure for NCLE research is at the Glenlea Research Station, a well-equipped livestock research facility about 20 km south of Winnipeg. At this site, affiliated researchers have access to specialized equipment and three unique long-term field "laboratories" for integrated agro-ecosystem studies. Research also takes place at many other locations ranging from specialized laboratories to commercial farms.