Agriculture

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.

Access to World Markets

Alberta is the third largest exporter of agri-food products in Canada. In 2020, Alberta’s agri-food exports reached $12.4 billion, 18% of Canada’s total agri-food exports. In 2020, Approximately 46 per cent of exports were primary agricultural products and 54 per cent were value added products.  The Peace Country’s market access is supported by reliable and efficient transportation systems allowing for effective participation in the global supply chain. This includes excellent access to and from Pacific ports, allowing it to act as a distribution hub in Western Canada.

Environmentally Innovate: The County Biobed

The County of Grande Prairie’s Agriculture Department implemented Alberta’s first grand-scale biobed, one of only five such biobeds in Canada, as an innovative, organic filtration system for >99% removal of herbicides and pesticides from their weed and pest control programs.

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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County of Grande Prairie

10001 - 84 Avenue
Clairmont, AB
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