Championing Alberta Agriculture and Agri-Food: Increasing Value-Added Processing and Production.

Agriculture is foundational to Alberta’s economy. Alberta exported over $12.4 billion worth of agriculture and food products in 2020 and the Business Council of Alberta says the economic value of agri-food production and production is $10 billion. Global demand for food  is predicted to increase by 50 per cent in the next 25 years. With the right conditions and changes, Alberta’s agri-food sector could grow and meet this demand.


Many in the agri-food sector have identified that there should be more value-added processing and production done in Alberta to get more value from our commodities. There are currently significant barriers to increasing value-added agriculture in Alberta, including, regulatory capacity, confusion about government services, a lack of access to capital for both industry to build facilities and for their municipal partners to build infrastructure to serve them, a lack of robust rural broadband internet, and political leadership not doing enough to champion the sector. 


Alberta’s NDP is committed to championing agriculture and working with the agri-food sector to address barriers to growth. We have written eight policy proposals to increase value-add processing and production in Alberta.


Our Proposals



  • Agriculture Navigation Services
  • Increase Staff dedicated to Agri-Food Sector and Value-Added Approvals
  • Create Alberta Value-Add Incentive Program
  • Local Food Incentive
  • Lower capital borrowing costs for irrigation districts and municipalities
  • Bridge the Digital Divide
  • Agriculture and AgTech must be core part of technology strategy 
  • Support and Strengthen Post-Secondary Institutions



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Jenn Minsos


Use leftover hemp/grow linen additional hemp to revolutionize compostable food storage for agriculture (hay bales) and grocery (onion bags, lemon bags) when plastic is banned. This should go for textiles in general. The post plastic economy will need this. Let's get ahead of the curve.

Charles Alson Nabors


I am for it!

Neil Peacock


starting to head down the right path please read attached breif it may have been done in 2008 but only some players have changed the game remains the same

Gary Lund


The prairies, especially, are prone to periods of drought, and periods of too much rain. If oil pipelines can run for hundreds and even thousands of miles, so, too, can water pipelines. If excess rainfall is captured in large reservoirs to reduce or prevent flooding, that water can provide needed moisture for irrigating distant areas with drought, or nearby areas when drought eventually hits them. Given that we have to build better infrastructure to withstand the effects of global warming, this could be one way to respond.

Kevin Van Tighem


Ranchers and farmers don't just produce food commodities. Many also sustain habitat for endangered species, maintain wetlands that recharge water tables and offer homes to waterfowl and other wildlife, return atmospheric carbon to the soil where it's safely locked away, and support fish and wildlife we all benefit from. They don't get paid for any of those services; in many cases, it costs them money. At the same time, intensive agriculture compromises many of those values because of the economic pressure to maximize yields. A wise agriculture policy would include payments to producers for the environmental goods and services we all benefit from. From an economic point of view, knowing that there is a steady flow of farm income that isn't vulnerable to changes in commodity prices would almost certainly reduce the stress that some farm families live with. And it's only fair: if you produce something that is of value to somebody else, you should be able to get paid for it. So I'd like to suggest that this be a ninth proposal.

Heather Jean Carpenter


First thing first Rachel.. need more staff? the government is already too top heavy with civil servants so far detached from the reality of what the Farmers face. Nepotism should be gone. Hire folks with experience and merit . The government has bred a mentality that Civil servants jobs are the most important over all of their constituents. I know that the philosophies that your platform stands on are all wonderful however they are not realistic to the world we live in here. I also understand that if you get back in, you are spending the next two years redoing what the previous party has left for you to clean up.. So let's get real and honest and open with us voters and tell us the truth. Not this bashing of other Political parties here in Alberta. Also how are you going to defend us against the Liberals and their delusions of carbon costs for all of us here? Every Albertan is and will be needing fuel to sustain us here in Canada, we do not live Las Vegas which has 300 days a year of warm weather..

Cathy Hogg


My husband concern as a dry land rancher is that he will still need to buy hay from the irrigators and what guarantee do we have that the price of hay will come down to reflect the lower capitol borrowing. They are fortunate to have irrigation while we depend on Mother Nature . Will there be consideration for a reduction in capitol borrowing for us as well?

Shah Md Rajiur Rahman


Would like to know more specifically the application of new technologies (AI, machine learning, IoT etc)