Alberta Agriculture & Education

Agriculture connects us all. It plays a critical role in everyone’s lives, and Ag for Life believes everyone should understand this connection. It’s about understanding the connections between agriculture and the environment, food, energy, animals, society, economy, careers, science, and technology. As the leading supporter and provider of agriculture education programs in Alberta, Ag for Life’s programs has reached over 150,000 children, youth, and adults over four years in 350 different communities, providing them the opportunity to understand where their food comes from and the people producing it.

Alberta Agriculture By the Numbers:

  • Alberta agriculture and food exports equated to – $10,1818,000,000 in 2015
    with the most of Alberta’s agri-food exports going to the USA, China, And Japan.
  • There are 49,431 farms in Alberta with a farm population 129,810*
  • 97% of Canadian farms are family owned.
  • 89,200 people are employed in agri-food industry.
  • 83% of people are employed in agri-food industry.
  • Albertans spend $8,740 annually on food.
  • There are 49,431 Farms in Alberta.
  • The Cattle Industry consist of 12,022 farms that generated market revenues $3.2 billion **

For more information about Alberta’s agriculture industry, details about the different crops and livestock grown in Alberta, or other agriculture facts, see the Agriculture for Life Teacher Kit.

Ag for Life’s Agriculture Education Programs


Ag for Life’s Ag 101: Food and Farming in school program for junior and senior high students and provides them the opportunity to explore various aspects of where their food comes from, what goes into its production, and how those factors can affect human health, the environment, and farm animal welfare. Ag for Life, along with local producers and industry experts lead interactive, hands-on stations that teach students about the fundamentals of the agriculture industry.

 

 

ThinkAg Careers is an annual program offered to Alberta students in grades 9-12. The program takes place with major agricultural shows like Farmfair and Agri-Trade.  Students rotate in small groups through six stations where they will participate in hands-on activities that highlight some of the skills and challenges encountered in various career clusters within the agriculture industry.

 

Ag for Life’s Farm Tour for Teachers takes teachers out of the classroom and onto the farm, to learn from farmers, ranchers and agriculture professionals about the industry, and how to incorporate agriculture topics into their classrooms.  The next teacher tour will be touring Edmonton area farms on May 18.

In addition to delivering these programs Ag for Life supports the Classroom Agriculture Program, Stony Plain City Slickers Program, Alberta Open Farm Days and numerous on farm programs across the province.

For further information on all programs, please inquire at info@agricultureforlife.ca or visit www.agricultureforlife.ca.

Sources

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/ca2011/ha

**http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2016/aac-aafc/A22-12221-2014-eng.pdf

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