With Contributions by Anna & Gino De Paoli
The 105th edition of the Calgary Stampede has come and gone, highlighting Alberta’s Western roots and heritage. The Stampede isn’t just an opportunity to celebrate the hustle and bustle of the midway, pavilions, rodeo, chuck wagons and grand stand show but also a way to celebrate the state of Canadian agriculture. As we celebrate 150 years of confederation, Statistics Canada summarised the Canadian Ag industry in the graphic below.
(Photo Courtesy of Statistics Canada)
We were privileged to be invited to meet with some of the committee members of the Calgary Stampede International Agriculture & Agri-Food Committee (IAC) this year. This enthusiastic committee works tirelessly to entertain and promote Canadian Agriculture to the world during the 10 days of the Calgary Stampede. They also publish Profile Magazine, showcasing the country and province’s status as a global leader in agriculture. The IAC is made up of a number of agricultural industry volunteers from numerous professions. They bring visiting global agriculture and agri-food representatives together to share ideas, facilitate business opportunities and create cultural understandings. We were honoured and privileged to spend time with this committee to share and learn more about the great story of our industry.
Some of the statistics that we found interesting from the data sources we highlighted are:
- 1 in 8 Canadian jobs are related to agriculture, in doing so 2.1 million Canadians are employed in agriculture.
- 62,800 of those 2.1 million agriculture jobs are based in Alberta’s primary agriculture sector.
- There are more than 125 different kinds of fruits & vegetables grown in Canada.
- Alberta produces 69% of Canada’s fed cattle production.
- The food & processing industry in Alberta is one of the largest industries in Canada, with shipment values nearing $93 billion.
Thank you to the IAC for entertaining and educating us. We also encourage Agri-business visitors to look them up during the 2018 Calgary Stampede. There is a lot to celebrate in this growing industry.