Rich Soil and Long Summer Days
The Peace Region is home to the northernmost agricultural industry in the world, and boasts a unique combination of northern climate, fertile soil, and a watershed fed by glacial runoff. While it makes up a relatively small percentage (5%) of Canada’s total agricultural land, the Peace Region has a reputation for high-quality agricultural products.
From 2006 to 2011, total farm receipts rose 28.1%, significantly higher than Alberta’s increase of 15.6%. The Peace Region’s canola acreage jumped 23.5% between 2006 and 2011, making it the number one crop in the region on an acreage basis. Wheat acreage also rose 33.1% and field pea acreage 88.8%.
Innovation: The County Biobed
The County of Grande Prairie’s Agriculture Department has been working on a project that explores a new method for herbicide disposal from their weed control program. The project involves construction of Alberta’s first biobed, set to begin use this summer.
Access to World Markets
Canada, on average, exports about 50% of all the principle grains it produces, while the Peace Country exports closer to 66%. Because the Peace Country is so export dependent, our excellent road and rail networks are a major benefit for agricultural producers in the region.
The Peace Region exported all of its canola in 2006, and 97% was shipped through the Port Metro Vancouver. Over 70% of wheat from the region was shipped through the Port of Prince Rupert, under direction from the Canadian Wheat Board. The Peace Region’s food grains tend to be pooled with products from the rest of Canada, and are branded as “Canadian” grain. This practice has been important in securing key trade agreements with importers who require large, predictable supply.
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Contact us using the form below to arrange a customized information package about our exciting and vibrant region. Or, call the County of Grande Prairie’s Economic Development Officer Chris King directly at 780-532-9722