Optimistic outlook for Alberta agriculture

Global News

LETHBRIDGE – ATB’s chief economist has an optimistic outlook for agriculture in Alberta this year.

“I see some pretty good results, maybe even picking up a little bit of economic momentum from where we left off last year,” said ATB’s Todd Hirsch.

He told the Tiffin Conference in Lethbridge that agriculture will continue to be a leader, and that oil and gas will do well.

“But the real boost to the economy will be people coming from other parts of the country,” he said, adding that there were 46 thousand new Albertans last year who boosted retail, housing, food and many other industries.

“Agricultural prices are always up and down a little bit but overall I still see some pretty stable prices, especially on the grain and oilseed side. If we have Mother Nature cooperating in 2014, we could see another very good year for yields.”

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