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While the energy sector has been slammed by the pandemic and an oil price war, Alberta’s ag and agri-food sectors are “bright spots in a really dark economic situation,” says ATB economist Rob Roach.

In these troubled times, ag shows it has a ‘really bright future ahead’

The sector won’t have to ‘restart’ and it’s shown the world it can be counted on, says economist

Alberta’s agriculture industry could prove to be the silver lining to these COVID-19 storm clouds once the sky clears again. “There’s no doubt about it — the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting Alberta really hard,” Rob Roach, director of research for ATB’s economics team, said in an April 8 interview. “We are in a recessionary situation, […] Read more

Two agriculture and food initiatives are contenders for Ottawa’s billion-dollar plan to kick-start the nation’s new economy — but will it pick Big Data or plant-based proteins?

Superclusters: Creating a silicon valley for agriculture and food

Two proposals from Western Canada are vying for backing in Ottawa’s 
bid to put Canada at the front of the new economy

So what would you rather have — new lucrative ‘plant protein’ markets or a way to turn Big Data into bigger profits? Those are the goals of the two agriculture and agri-food proposals vying for a slice of $950 million of federal cash that Ottawa will spend on ‘superclusters’ — business-led collaborations that aim to […] Read more


Canada’s pulse crop sector is positioned well for growth.

The numbers — and the potential — are big for agri-food exports

There were few surprises in Farm Credit Canada’s annual ranking of Canadian agriculture and agri-food exports. We remain the world’s fifth-largest agricultural commodity exporter for the sixth straight year, and have also held steady as the No. 11 exporter of manufactured food products. But “potential” abounds, says FCC’s chief agricultural economist J.P. Gervais. “There are […] Read more

Heather Broughton (l) and Bryanna Kumpula.

Want to give back? Mentors wanted for female agri-food entrepreneurs

The Success for Women in Agri-Food program is searching for mentors 
across the province willing to share their experience

When faced with a problem at work, most people head straight to their boss’s office for advice. But what happens when you are the boss? That was Bryanna Kumpula’s challenge when she became executive director at the Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta four years ago. And when that happened, she turned to her mentor […] Read more


Farmers. Do you know your customer? Try this pop quiz

Alberta exported a record $9.7 billion of agri-food products last year — but where did they go?

Farmers are being urged these days to know their customers, so here’s a pop quiz based on the province’s latest agri-food export stats. 1) The U.S. has long been the No. 1 importer of Alberta agri-food products (raw commodities and processed products). What country is No. 2 and did its purchases go up or down […] Read more