Cultivation/Production, North America, Trends

Canada’s Alberta province home to a vibrant potato industry

Related imageMost people don’t know it, but Alberta is the third-largest producer of potatoes in Canada, after Prince Edward Island and Manitoba. “Currently we grow about 53,500 acres,” said Terence Hochstein, executive director of the Potato Growers of Alberta. The association’s 150 members have a big economic impact. The farm gate value of their potatoes is about $225 million — and that figure more than quadruples once those spuds are processed. But it’s the sector’s growth that recently caught the attention of ATB Financial. “What’s remarkable about Alberta’s spud farming is the growth over the last two decades,” the financial institution noted in a recent newsletter. “Compared to 1997, production has more than doubled (up 132 per cent). That compares with an increase of only 35 per cent in Manitoba and four per cent in New Brunswick. Production in Prince Edward Island has dropped 20 per cent.” “Alberta is quickly becoming the largest potato manufacturer in the country,” ATB chief economist Todd Hirsch told CBC. And another increase is just around the corner… Read more

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