Growing global agricultural market opportunities
Posted on: July 13, 2018 1:39 pm
July 13, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Alberta Ministry of Agriculture and Forests
Alberta agriculture producers will be able to expand their reach into export markets and increase consumer awareness with new programs.
The new Canadian Agricultural Partnership programs will contribute more than $90 million to help Alberta companies expand their export capacity and promote industry initiatives to increase consumer confidence and awareness of the Alberta agricultural sector.
2018 Alberta Partnership programs:
Market and Trade ($72 million)
- Products to markets
- Supports the growth of Alberta’s small, medium and large-sized enterprises in the agriculture, food, beverage and bio-product processing industries through the development and commercialization of new products and processes.
- Value-added products to markets
- Facilitates the growth of Alberta’s medium and large-scale agriculture, food, beverage and bio-product processing industries.
Public Trust ($18 million)
- Public agriculture literacy
- Supports industry-led initiatives to communicate about food system production practices and sustainability assurance systems with the public/consumer.
- Agriculture and food sustainability assurance initiatives
- Enables the development and/or enhancement of agriculture and food sustainability certification or assurance initiatives.
- Youth agriculture education
- Prepares Alberta students, kindergarten through Grade 12, to engage in meaningful and informed conversations about issues that affect public trust in agriculture.
“With the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, our government continues to provide support for Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food sector. The Partnership helps foster continued progress and prosperity for our farmers, ranchers and processors, as they innovate and adapt to new and emerging opportunities. From strategic planning and risk management to cutting-edge research and technological advancements, Canadians will continue to see growth and success in our agriculture sector.”
– Lawrence MacAulay, Federal Minister of Agriculture
“Alberta’s agricultural sector is a vital and dynamic contributor to our economy and to our rural communities. In an increasingly challenging global marketplace, it is essential that our processors’ and agri-food producers’ competitive edge remains sharp. These programs will help producers expand their export capacity and further enhance Alberta’s reputation as a supplier of safe, high-quality food products to the world.”
– Oneil Carlier, Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
Alberta’s processors and agri-food producers pushed value-added exports to $5.6 billion in 2017, creating more than 23,000 jobs in the food and beverage manufacturing industries.
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a $3-billion, five-year investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to help Canada’s agricultural sector innovate, grow and prosper.
The five-year Partnership agreement, effective April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2023, will invest a total of $406 million in Alberta for strategic programs and activities that support:
- growing trade and expanding markets,
- innovative and sustainable growth of the sector, and
- supporting diversity and a dynamic, evolving sector.
Agriculture and Forestry
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay