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This sub-sector of the industry is focused on the development of new seeds and crops, with enhanced health, disease resistance and yield capabilities. It includes the production of seed, soil, pesticides and fertilizer products relevant to growing.

Calgary benefits from proximity to a diversified group of crops that can be used for research and the integration of new products. Locational advantages also create opportunities to store and export seeds to other markets.

Innovation in soil, feed and genetically modified crops or breeding technologies are primarily driven by growers’ desire for higher yields. Significant research is also being devoted to nutritional enhancements of core crops to meet consumer preferences.

Development of disease and drought-resistant crops and broader impacts of climate change will drive innovation and new product offerings in the sector.