The Ministry contributes to three of the government’s four key opportunities. Unleashing Innovation, Competing in a Global Marketplace and Making Alberta the Best Place to Live, Work and Visit. The primary focus of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is on Government of Alberta Goal 1, Alberta will have a diversified and prosperous economy under the key opportunity of Unleashing Innovation. The Ministry achieves this by working with others to promote prosperity for Alberta through a strong, competitive, sustainable agriculture and food industry.
Ministry Core Businesses
- A market-driven, environmentally responsible industry
- Food safety, plant health, and animal health and welfare
- Rural development
The Ministry is divided into the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and a number of agencies, boards and commissions. The Department is responsible for the management of programs designed to facilitate the development of all components of the agriculture and food industry, to sustain the natural resource base of the industry and to encourage the development of rural communities.