The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is responsible for:
- policies, legislation, regulations and services necessary for Alberta’s agriculture, food and forest sectors to grow, prosper and diversify
- inspiring public confidence in wildfire and forest management and the quality and safety of food
- supporting environmentally sustainable resource management practices
- leading collaboration that enables safe and resilient rural communities
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New business resumption protocol
Business Resumption in Alberta (PDF, 476 KB) outlines roles and responsibilities in cases of a confirmed COVID-19 worker in a provincial or federal-licensed food facility.
- Aug 13, 2020
The Irrigation Rehabilitation Program (IRP) is providing $10 million in funding to the province’s irrigation districts for infrastructure improvements.
- Aug 05, 2020
Alberta’s government has granted more than $262,000 to the United Irrigation District as part of the province’s $10-million Irrigation Rehabilitation Program (IRP).
- Aug 05, 2020
Alberta’s government has granted almost $1.1 million to the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District as part of the province’s $10-million Irrigation Rehabilitation Program.
- Aug 04, 2020
Work will commence shortly on $3.8 million in updates to maintain the Hinton Training Centre.
- Aug 04, 2020
More than $2.6 million in grant funding will support St. Mary River Irrigation District in managing and delivering water for irrigation in southern Alberta.
- Jul 31, 2020
The governments of Canada and Alberta, through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, are helping the Eastern Irrigation District with up to $100,000 in funding to complete a dam safety review.
- Jul 29, 2020
Amendments to the Meat Inspection Regulation will cut red tape and provide Albertans with greater access to locally produced meat while maintaining food safety.
- Jul 10, 2020
Northern Lights Gas Co-op Ltd. has received a grant to construct a natural gas supply line to support Mackenzie County.
- Jun 30, 2020
The government is investing $27.8 million in an agri-food hub at Exhibition Park in Lethbridge to create jobs and spur investment in the agriculture and agri-food industry.
- Jun 05, 2020
In response to the recent challenges faced by Alberta’s beekeepers, Agriculture and Forestry is introducing a new Canadian Agricultural Partnership program.
- Jun 03, 2020
The Government of Alberta is helping farmers by modernizing rules, reducing red tape and creating new research opportunities.
- May 29, 2020
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Devin Dreeshen has appointed new members to the Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council (Marketing Council) who bring a wealth of experience advocating for agriculture.
- May 26, 2020
In response to recent precipitation in many areas of the province and the great work of Alberta Wildfire, the government is removing the fire ban in the Forest Protection Area. A fire advisory is now in effect.
- May 22, 2020
The Government of Alberta and Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) are working hard to help producers this spring, and 92 per cent of pre-seeding claims are complete.
- May 21, 2020
Farmers can connect directly with food service and retail operations to get more farm-fresh food on Albertans’ tables through an enhanced online tool.
- May 08, 2020
In response to COVID-19, the Government of Alberta has created a new Agriculture Training Support Program to help employers in the food supply chain provide necessary training to new Alberta employees.
- May 08, 2020
Kee Tas Kee Now Sawmill Ltd. has been awarded additional timber.
- May 07, 2020
In response to the mass disruptions in the agriculture industry caused by COVID-19, the Government of Alberta is introducing several new supports to help farmers and ranchers through AgriRecovery.
- May 07, 2020
Yellowhead County is receiving $300,000 through the government’s Mountain Pine Beetle Municipal Grant Program.
- May 06, 2020
The health and safety of workers at Alberta’s food processing plants continues to be monitored to ensure the safe operation of Alberta’s food supply chain.
- May 05, 2020
The government has launched its strategy to stand up for Alberta’s second largest natural resource sector.
- May 04, 2020
An increased annual allowable cut and new options for wood fibre access are providing security for forest companies.
- May 03, 2020
Every year, the first week in May marks Alberta Forest Week.
- Apr 30, 2020
The Alberta government and Alberta Health Services (AHS) have provided the guidance to support Cargill to take aggressive measures to protect the health and safety of workers at the Cargill Canada beef-processing plant and keep Canada’s food supply chain strong.
- Apr 16, 2020
The Alberta and federal governments, with the input and assistance of industry and worker representatives, have developed a plan to respond to confirmed cases of COVID-19 in food processing plants.
- Apr 14, 2020
A new Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) board will provide essential oversight to ensure the agency’s programs and services are delivered effectively and meet the needs of rural Alberta.
- Apr 14, 2020
Alberta Wildfire is hiring 200 additional firefighters, invoking a fire ban, implementing off-highway vehicle (OHV) restrictions, increasing fine violations and funding $20 million more in community FireSmart initiatives, all to prepare for the upcoming wildfire season during COVID-19.
- Apr 09, 2020
The Alberta government has launched an online resource to help strengthen the food supply chain and fill agriculture and agri-food jobs.
- Apr 04, 2020
In response to COVID-19 and the economic effects to our forestry industry, the Alberta government will defer timber dues for six months. This will help forest companies continue operating and retain staff during this pandemic.
- Apr 01, 2020
Provincial and federal meat inspectors will share resources to ensure a consistent supply of safe food products for Albertans and Canadians.
- Mar 30, 2020
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Devin Dreeshen has announced the creation of Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR), a non-profit, arm’s-length agriculture research organization.
- Mar 26, 2020
Government and industry are working together to ensure Albertans continue to have access to safe, affordable food as the COVID-19 response continues.
- Mar 01, 2020
March 1 marks the start of wildfire season in Alberta.
- Feb 20, 2020
The governments of Canada and Alberta are helping Jacek Chocolate Couture expand production and reduce environmental impact through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
- Feb 10, 2020
A new grant program is now available to help grain farmers upgrade their grain handling systems.
- Feb 08, 2020
The U.S. Department of Commerce has signalled a significant reduction to tariff rates for forestry companies that were included in the first administrative review.
- Jan 08, 2020
The government is holding engagement sessions and launching an online survey to gather feedback about the future of agriculture research in Alberta.
- Dec 23, 2019
Two outstanding Albertans are being recognized for their longtime service to 4-H and their communities.
- Dec 20, 2019
Christmas and the holidays are a great opportunity to feature the many amazing food products that are grown and raised here in Alberta.
- Dec 19, 2019
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Devin Dreeshen and Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism Tanya Fir issued the following statements on softwood lumber:
- Nov 20, 2019
The Farm Freedom and Safety Act has been introduced to bring forward changes to support the unique nature of the farm and ranch business.
- Nov 19, 2019
Minister of Energy Sonya Savage and Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Devin Dreeshen issued the following statement calling for Prime Minister Trudeau to immediately recall Parliament to urgently address the CN Rail strike:
- Nov 07, 2019
The government is maintaining funding for rural utilities, irrigation districts and agricultural societies.
- Oct 31, 2019
The government is delivering on a campaign promise to increase mountain pine beetle funding to $30 million annually for the next four years.
- Oct 22, 2019
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and the RCMP are looking for witnesses who may have seen an arsonist who started a wildfire northeast of Slave Lake in May.
- Oct 03, 2019
Alberta will act to protect hard-working farmers from aggressive, illegal protests.
- Sep 30, 2019
The government is endorsing an awareness campaign celebrating the sustainability of our forests and the importance of the forest sector.
- Sep 06, 2019
Albertans embraced the opportunity to provide valuable in-person and online feedback on the repeal and replacement of the failed 2015 Bill 6.
- Sep 05, 2019
An anticipated NAFTA panel ruling on the softwood lumber dispute was issued on Sept. 4.