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    Minister Nate Horner

    Nate Horner was sworn in as Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development on November 5, 2021.

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Our responsibilities

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development 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

In focus

Personal Use Forest Products Permits

Get a free permit to harvest firewood for personal use from designated Crown land areas.

Meat Inspection Regulation updates

Recent updates to slaughter licensing, including video ante-mortem inspection and the number of households able to split one large animal.

Livestock mortality management

Livestock mortality management includes the rules, regulations and best practices around livestock carcass disposal.

Agri-News

Get updates on agricultural business, livestock, crops, rural living, learning, jobs in agriculture and events.

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.

Latest news

  • Jan 05, 2022

    Livestock producers and beekeepers can now apply for phase two of the 2021 Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance AgriRecovery initiative. 

  • Dec 17, 2021

    Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development Nate Horner issued the following statement on a positive case of atypical BSE in Alberta:

  • Nov 24, 2021

    Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development Nate Horner issued the following statement on the results of the softwood lumber second administrative review:

  • Nov 12, 2021

    Alberta’s government is partnering with the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and 10 irrigation districts to invest a total of nearly $933 million in irrigation infrastructure to expand production, create jobs and spur the province’s economic recovery.

  • Nov 08, 2021

    A renewed forest management agreement means long-term investment in northern Alberta communities and forests.

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