Premier Christy Clark helped kick off the University of the Fraser Valley’s 40th anniversary party with today’s official opening of the new Agriculture Centre of Excellence.

The new centre is part of UFV’s Chilliwack campus at Canada Education Park. It includes a large demonstration barn and North America’s tallest greenhouse at 11.5 metres. The greenhouse, the first in the world to be programmable to be pressurized or de-pressurized, also allows about 95% of available light to be captured and used.

The agriculture training facilities will support students as they develop knowledge and gain technical skills, pursue applied research and project opportunities, and perform lab and field exercises in a controlled environment.