[Rhythmic music starts.]
[The camera pans across fields on P.E.I. A bubble with a cartoon farm inside pops up. Text slides out beside it.]
Text on screen: Living Laboratories, the value of research collaboration
Derrick Curley: One thing that this project really does…
[Derrick walks through a field. He picks up a potato.]
… is bring farmer’s real life, tangible, commercial experience…
[Judith Nyiraneza retrieves soil samples from a laboratory shelf.]
… and overlap it with the research side and the science side.
[Derrick crosses his arms and holds up a potato. Text appears beneath him.]
Text on screen: Derrick Curley, Owner/Operator, Monaghan Farms
My name is Derrik Curley. I’m a sixth generation potato farmer.
[Judith crosses her arms and smiles at the camera. Text appears beneath her.]
Text on screen: Dr. Judith Nyiraneza, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Judith: My name is Judith Nyiraneza, and I’m a scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Charlottetown.
[Judith works in a lab. Then the camera cuts to a view of a field.]
Living Labs is an agricultural research concept that brings scientists…
[Judith carries samples through a lab.]
… and stakeholders together…
[Derrick exits his truck at a potato field.]
… to address agro-environmental issues they are facing.
[Judith works with another team member in a field.]
Derrick: There are several factors that are affecting P.E.I. potato producers.
[Derrick picks up potatoes from a field. A large harvesting machine sends many potatoes along a conveyor belt.]
I’d say the most direct issue would be…
[Cut to a dry field lined with industrial sprinklers.]
… the lack of moisture coming in the summer.
[Judith holds up a potato for the camera.]
Judith: Our research activities have an overall objective…
[Judith takes soil samples in a field.]
… to enhance soil health and water quality.
[The camera pans over a harvested field. Then over a field lined with industrial sprinklers.]
To address this objective…
[Close-up of Judith’s soil samples.]
… we are testing different potation rotation systems…
[Hands grab potatoes from the ground.]
… to increase potato yield and quality…
[A pile of potatoes travel up a conveyor.]
… but also to enhance soil health.
[Judith analyses soil samples in a lab. A clip of a tractor driving past a farm slides on screen.]
Derrick: The main objective of Living Lab is a good opportunity for farmers…
[Derrik walks through a harvested potato field.]
… to continue what they have been doing…
[Tractors and trucks harvest potatoes.]
… as far as using the latest agronomic practices, but as well…
[Derrick sifts through the soil of a harvested field.]
… sit down and share information with researchers…
[Judith compares two soil samples in the lab.]
… and work towards a common goal.
[Judith weighs samples on a scale.]
Judith: It does make the project more integrated, because you are tackling issues with many professionals…
[Close-up of the Monaghan Farms sign.]
… having different expertise.
[Close-up of the Charlottetown Research and Development Centre sign.]
The value for the Living Lab approach…
[Judith carries a tray of beakers through the lab.]
… is really a win-win situation between scientists and growers.
[Derrick walks away from a large hangar filled with potatoes. After he disappears, text appears on screen.]
Text on screen: Find out more: agr.gc.ca/livinglab
[Cut to the Canada wordmark. The rhythmic music fades out.]