Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Farmers in the Canadian province of Alberta boosted agricultural revenue during the first half of the year to C$5.2 billion ($4.96 billion) as crop, livestock and meat prices rose, the provincial government said.
Crop receipts jumped 39 percent to C$2.7 billion during the first half of the year, largely due to higher prices and increased marketing, the government said today in an e-mailed statement. Livestock receipts through October rose 1 percent to C$2.2 billion.
The agriculture industry employs about 70,000 workers in the province, and accounted for C$6.7 billion in exports last year, the government said. Alberta, better known for producing oil and natural gas, is Canada’s largest beef producer and exports to the U.S. and Asia.
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