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Agriculture leads Alberta’s economic recovery

posted Oct 4, 2020, 8:29 AM by Action for Agriculture

Crop yields are estimated to hit a new record high in Alberta with farmers harvesting more than seven per cent above what is normal. 

Livestock market sales are estimated to also reach a new record high of $6.9 billion.

The food processing sector in the province is also expected to hit a new record with products totaling $14.8 billion. 

Quick facts

  • Alberta accounts for more than 21 per cent of all Canadian goods exported internationally.
  • Alberta’s agri-food sector is an important part of the Alberta economy, contributing $9.2 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) and employing more than 77,000 Albertans.
  • With sales of $15.8 billion in 2019, food and beverage manufacturing was the second largest manufacturing industry in Alberta (20.8 per cent of provincial manufacturing sales) after petroleum and coal product manufacturing. It is the largest manufacturing employer in the province, employing 28,000 Albertans.

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