Agriculture & Greenhouses

17_aaimageWith 2.6 million acres of pasture land and over 175,000 acres of irrigation land, the region has some of the most important irrigation and dry-land farming and livestock operations in Canada.

Large tracts of land, long growing seasons, semi-arid climate and 2,500 hours of sunshine each year provide excellent conditions for crop production. Strong export demand means substantial growth potential.

  • Opportunities for value-added agriculture and greenhouses include:
  • Pulse processing
  • Storage
  • Bagging and bulk load out
  • Agri-tourism
  • Manure processing
  • Electricity generation
  • Year-round greenhouse operations

Savour the Southeast is our regional eat-local initiative aimed at increasing awareness about our local food suppliers and the many benefits of supporting these local companies. The initiative also encourages collaboration between partners, developing greater connections between local producers and consumers, and enhances community involvement in the local food movement. Learn more on the Savour the Southeast website.

Highlights
  • Alberta’s export-oriented food and beverage industry has a global reputation for quality products
  • U.S. is the largest market for Alberta’s processed foods, feed and beverage products
    Southeast Alberta has the largest green house operation in the province, with 100 acres under glass.
  • A national leader in irrigation and dry-land farming and livestock operations
  • Low utilities and natural gas prices provide a cost-effective environment

The EDA partnered with SHAW TV-Medicine Hat to highlight some of the unique producers in our area as well as promote the benefits of supporting local. View some of the clips below:
Feature #1: Courtland Hill Farms, located near Bow Island produces potatoes which are
exported world-wide

Feature #2: Red Hat Co-operative Ltd. Feature

#3: Short Grass Ranches Ltd.

Our proximity to the U.S. border provides easy access to Alberta’s largest export market for processed foods, feed and beverage products. Major highways and excellent rail and trucking services help to make the region an ideal location for agri-food businesses.
Talent
We are proud of the robust and well-trained workforce that our rich agricultural history has produced. With 15% of total employment in the agri-food industry, Southeast Alberta has the skilled workforce that businesses and investors are looking for.
Leaders
Southeast Alberta is a value-driven community and a place where next generation, integrated and innovative systems are adopted early. Businesses here participate in a tradition of leadership. Visit our agriculture and greenhouses success stories page to learn more.
Sector Reports
Agricultural Impact Assessment (2007)
Greenhouse Visitation Report: Conclusions/Recommendations