Diversifying Alberta's Agricultural Sector

Jul 08, 2021

Edmonton, Alberta – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Alberta's government is focused on building a strong agriculture sector that creates jobs and attracts investment in sustainable value-added processing.

The governments of Canada and Alberta are supporting the Alberta Hemp Alliance (AHA) with a one-time grant to establish a provincial industry association for hemp processing with more than $300,000 over two years (2021-2023) through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. 

The grant will help AHA build capacity to fulfil its mandate as the provincial association for the hemp industry in Alberta. AHA intends to be self-sustainable beyond its first years of operations by creating revenue streams from membership fees, an industry sales levy, education and training, webinars, conferences and trade shows.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership has also provided more than $950,000 in grants to BioComposites Group Inc. (BCG) in the past three years to support growth in the hemp fibre industry in Alberta.

BCG sources hemp straw, which was previously seen as waste, from Alberta farmers. Maximizing the potential of the entire plant will bolster farm income and lead to a more resilient agriculture sector. Having expanded into all aspects of the hemp fibre processing stream, BCG is ensuring Albertans have access to high-quality and sustainable hemp products.

Source : canada
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