Mandated to Serve Both Farmers and Farm Machinery Manufacturers
The Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute – PAMI – was established in 1975 with operations in Humboldt, Saskatchewan; Portage la Prairie, Manitoba; and Lethbridge, Alberta following recommendations of a federal Royal Commission on Farm Machinery in 1971 to create a central agency for testing and evaluating farm machinery in Canada. It’s purpose was to provide a unique resource to both prairie farmers and agricultural machinery manufacturers with a major focus:
- To evaluate and develop agricultural machines
- To research matters concerning agricultural machines
- To extend information on agricultural machines.
In 1988, the Province of Alberta withdrew from PAMI to independently operate the Lethbridge centre as the Alberta Farm Machinery Research Centre (AFMRC)*. It still maintains a close working relationship with PAMI through a special memorandum of agreement.
Transitioning from Public-Sector to Private-Sector Funding
From 1975 to 1988, PAMI mainly relied on government funding. Due to agricultural diversification and high costs of machinery evaluations, PAMI assumed responsibility for earning much of its revenues from fee-for-service work, which currently accounts for 70 percent of its revenue, with government providing the balance.
* AFMRC became the Agricultural Technology Centre (ATC) in January 2001.