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A drop in agriculture’s contribution to the economy was largely attributed to poor weather.

Agriculture continues to boost Alberta economy

Primary agriculture along with food and beverage manufacturing pumped $8.5 billion into Alberta’s economy in 2018, but was little changed from a year earlier. The GDP for the province’s primary agriculture industry declined 3.3 per cent to $5.2 billion, while food and beverage manufacturing rose 3.3 per cent to $3.4 billion in 2018, said Jean […] Read more

The price of Alberta farmland jumped another 7.4 per cent last year, says FCC. But that’s the smallest increase in a decade and the price increase this year may only be half that, says the ag lender.

Red-hot land market shows signs of cooling

Prices have soared for nearly a decade but that trend may be coming to an end

The price of Alberta farmland took another big jump last year — but there are strong signs the red-hot bull market is finally cooling off. Overall, Canadian acres saw their smallest price increase in nearly a decade, and the amount of land changing hands dropped as many would-be buyers either stayed on the sidelines or […] Read more


The big-picture economic view of the coming year is like the satellite one — a bit hazy, a bit turbulent, 
but not bad overall.

Buckle up: Here’s your economic forecast for 2019

Canada’s top ag economist has the lowdown on the economy, trade, interest rates, and your income

What’s the forecast for Canadian ag? How about murky with a good chance of turbulence? ‘Headwinds’ was the phrase du jour when the country’s foremost ag economist came by FarmTech late last month. “There are lots of good things going on in the industry, but lots of headwinds as well — trade tensions, weather, excess […] Read more

Is it time to shift the power from agricultural pricing based on USDA data to Canadian data?

Data is too important to be left in the hands of others

Canada relies on the U.S for critical agricultural data, and that leaves us extraordinarily vulnerable

Vulnerability is a word that I have taken to heart a lot in the past few years. We are vulnerable when we change, or seek change; vulnerable when we are left open to volatile weather or markets; and in agriculture, we are extraordinarily vulnerable when we are without data. The partial shutdown of the U.S. […] Read more



If you dream of getting new iron for this year’s harvest, you need to plan ahead — dealers no longer 
have a big surplus of equipment on their lots.

Iron backlog has come and gone

It’s taken a few years, but dealers have finally whittled down high inventories of equipment

Two years ago, you couldn’t drive past an equipment dealership without noticing the rows upon rows of machines — carry-over of anticipated demand that never came. “In 2013 and 2014, everybody was firing on all cylinders,” said Leah Olson, president of the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada. “With our record harvests, there was a fundamental shift […] Read more


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

The low dollar has already pushed up the price of American-made farm equipment and steel tariffs could increase them further.

Steel tariffs could rebound on farmers here

It’s not clear what impact tariffs will have on farm equipment but any increase will likely be passed on

It’s unclear if the new steel tariff proposed by U.S. President Donald Trump could be bad news for Canadian producers when it comes time to buy new farm equipment. If the tariffs are imposed, U.S. manufacturing companies would pay 25 per cent more for imported steel and 10 per cent more for imported aluminum, unless […] Read more


This AGT Foods and Ingredients facility in Gibbons represents the current state of Western Canada’s pulse sector — which is largely about collecting the raw seed that will be cleaned, sorted, and exported. But the future lies in processing pulses for their protein, fibre, and starch, says Ron Styles, acting president of Protein Industries Canada.

Ottawa’s big cheque will pay even bigger dividends, says pulse group

But critics decry 
federal grants to 
next-gen industries

Critics are calling it “corporate welfare,” but the supporters of a protein supercluster say $150 million-plus in federal funding will turn pulses into the next canola. There’s never complete buy-in for this sort of government action, but projects like this typically aren’t possible without government funding, said Ron Styles, acting president of Protein Industries Canada. […] Read more

FarmTech attendees gave Stephen Harper a rousing welcome and received in return a blueprint for success in an increasingly protectionist world.

Adapt to the new world order, says Stephen Harper

Globalization foes are 
just getting started, but free traders can thrive if they adapt

He was enthusiastically welcomed as the prime minister who scrapped the wheat board, earning a standing ovation before the first word of his keynote address. But Stephen Harper had his eyes on an even bigger farm issue when he spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of nearly all of FarmTech’s 2,000 attendees. In a sweeping political […] Read more