$30-million Catalyst Puts Haste in Alberta's Livestock

US - A $30-million catalyst package will spur innovation and diversification in Alberta’s livestock and meat industry.
calendar icon 29 April 2009
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Five new grant programmes will be delivered by the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA). The programs focus on international market development; value-added market development; research and development; industry development; and on-farm technology adaptation. They will help achieve the goals of the Alberta Livestock and Meat Strategy (ALMS), a comprehensive plan designed to return the livestock and meat industry to profitability and competitiveness.

“This marks a major milestone for the strategy and new opportunities for our livestock and meat industry,” said George Groeneveld, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. “The programs will help industry create a profitable and sustainable future by providing support for new initiatives and research that will increase our competitiveness in the global market.”

Grants will help producers and their organizations accelerate international marketing, explore domestic markets, research environmental management, target consumer awareness or stimulate leading-edge research developments.

ALMA Board Chair Joe Makowecki said: “Our ALMA mandate is to act as a catalyst and these programs show our commitment to moving our $4.3-billion livestock and livestock products industry forward.”

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