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Agriculture is a $10 billion dollar industry in Alberta. Alberta's food processing sector is one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the province. In the past five years, over $1 billion has been invested in Alberta by some of the world's top food processing companies; with only 10% of the population, Alberta accounts for 21% of Canada's total farm cash receipts (Src: www.alberta-canada.com). Alberta’s strategic location, transportation infrastructure and extensive and diverse agriculture staples base crop industry are well-positioned to be further leveraged with investment in value-added activity. The County of Newell has a thriving and extensive agricultural base with ready access to Calgary and its global transportation linkages. With a younger work force and average farm receipts in the range of $100,000 to $249,999, the region is home to some of the most profitable farmers in Alberta. Investment opportunities exist in organic foods, horticulture (flowers, bulbs, berry crops, nurseries, specialty crops and processing), food processing, and food production. 


Basic County of Newell Agricultural Facts and Figures


  • Total number of farms – 717


 

# of farms

% of total

 

2011

2011

Under 129 acres

118

16%

130 to 239 acres

93

13%

240 to 559 acres

196

27%

560 to 759 acres

76

11%

760 to 1,119 acres

67

9%

1,120 to 1,599 acres

36

5%

1,500 to 2,239 acres

36

5%

Over 2,240 acres

95

13%

Source: Statistics Canada 2006 Census of Agriculture

 

  • Native pasture land - 930,000 acres of native pasture within the County of Newell.
  • Irrigated land - 282,000 acres via a system of canals and pipelines fed by water diverted from the Bow River at the Bassano Dam located west of Bassano. The system is operated by the Eastern Irrigation District.
  • Dry land cropland - 60,000 acres


Crop Area/Livestock (2006 and 2011)

 

# of acres / #animals

% change

 

2006

2011

 

Spring wheat (excluding durum)

90,985

96076

5.6%

Alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures

72,798

58918

-19.1%

Barley

48,212

44869

-6.9%

Canola

26,945

68625

154.7%

 

23,183

 

 

Cattle and calves

259,913

146139

-43.8%

Source: Statistics Canada 2006 Census of Agriculture


 
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Agri-Food Processing

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Irrigation

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