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The Institut de technologie agroalimentaire (ITA) is a college-level institution that specializes in agri-food. It is managed by Quebec’s ministry of agriculture, fisheries, and food (le ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation, or MAPAQ). Each year, ITA provides training to over 60% of professionals active in the agri-food industry.
Located at the heart of the Montérégie region, less than 50 km from Montreal, the Saint-Hyacinthe campus welcomes an average of 600 students annually. The Saint-Hyacinthe campus provides cutting-edge equipment and facilities that reflect the realities of students’ future workplaces. ITA students have access to a variety of pedagogical facilities: teaching farm, greenhouse complex, pedagogical garden, eco-responsible horticultural building, rural engineering workshop, machinery park, and food processing pilot plants.
An integral part of Maskoutain heritage since 1910, the farm at the dairy school (École de laiterie) became the MASKITA farm school in 1996. Proud to have been named Maître-éleveur 2014, MASKITA farm is an important agri-food teaching tool for Quebec.