Southern Alberta Investment & Trade Initiative
Agriculture & Agri-food
Southern Alberta businesses are at the forefront of sustainable food production and environmental stewardship.
INNOVATIVE AND SUSTAINABLE
Alberta's agricultural sector is a crucial contributor to the province's economy, contributing $9.68 billion to the GDP in 2020 and employing over 69,800 individuals. It offers superior-quality primary products and is the third-largest exporter of agri-food products in Canada.
Agricultural exports in 2021 exceeded $14.1 billion, with $5.8 billion being primary agricultural products and $8.3 billion in value-added products.
Southern Alberta is a major producer and exporter of top-notch primary and processed agricultural products. Its crop sector is highly diversified, encompassing a variety of crops such as wheat, oats, barley, canola, pulses, and more. In addition, Alberta is the leading beef-producing province in Canada, and is a significant exporter of beef and live cattle.
THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA ADVANTAGE
Plentiful sun, soil and water contribute to our thriving agriculture sector.