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Alberta’s primary agriculture industry increased to $3.5 billion in 2017.

Alberta GDP numbers rise across the board

The real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for Alberta’s agri-food industry rose by 2.5 per cent in 2017 to $6.5 billion. The province accounts for 12.5 per cent of the country’s agri-food GDP, and is in third spot nationally (after Ontario and Quebec). The GDP for the province’s primary agriculture industry increased 1.9 per cent to […] Read more

Nancy and Ray Nolan split farm and childcare chores but like many women agri-entrepreneurs, Nancy says she faces unique challenges.

Running from dawn to dusk: Women ag entrepreneurs face extra challenges

Operating a farm, raising kids, and building a business often mean there’s no time for conferences and other vital learning opportunities

At first, Kim Good didn’t really see the point of a program geared toward women agri-food entrepreneurs. “I sometimes get a little annoyed at the fact women need more programming than anybody else,” said Good, who co-owns Farm Fresh Pet Foods, which has a line of healthy dog food products made from Alberta-sourced ingredients. “I […] Read more


It’s a shame that Canada imports more food products than it exports

Canada should look to countries like the Netherlands, which is a leading 
exporter of roasted coffee even though it doesn’t grow coffee beans

Canada’s agri-food trade profile continues to be in deficit. As the demand for specific items heats up around the globe, it’s apparent that a rethinking of our processing, value adding and export aggression is long overdue. Considering the low value of the Canadian currency, this is an opportune time to push our products onto the […] Read more