Alberta’s reappointed ag minister, Nate Horner, to concentrate on water, the APF, and a brand new mandate – Agriculture

Alberta’s Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation says he has a listing of “great things that isn’t completed but” that he’s planning to sort out following his reappointment to the agriculture submit in cupboard by new Premier Danielle Smith.

Nate Horner was initially tapped to function the province’s agriculture minister by Smith’s predecessor Jason Kenney in November 2021.

Irrigation has not solely been added to his ministerial title, nevertheless it’s additionally on the high of his record of unfinished work. Horner says he’s wanting ahead to transferring forward with $933 billion in funding that’s been introduced for upgrading and constructing irrigation infrastructure within the province.

“Loads of that work has begun, however not all, and the [Canada] Infrastructure Bank remains to be involved in extra initiatives throughout the province. We have some feasibility research ongoing on some greenfield initiatives, and there’s dialogue round potential for some new reservoirs. So persevering with to have a look at our water storage, and bringing resiliency right into a system the place we haven’t seen a tonne of latest funding in that manner actually for 70 years, simply persevering with that work,” he says, within the interview beneath.

Attracting extra value-added processing to Alberta is one other precedence, Horner says, noting commitments had been made on this entrance in the course of the celebration management contest that noticed Smith change into premier.

“There had been tax credit, for value-added ag processing and manufacturing, that had been pitched in the course of the management marketing campaign. So I intend to see that by way of with the Premier and see what can and needs to be finished to verify Alberta is greater than aggressive and touchdown a fair proportion of funding in that area,” he says.

Work can also be underway on finalizing the advantageous print for the following five-year federal-provincial-territorial ag coverage framework. Ag ministers from throughout the nation, together with Horner, signed the agreement-in-principle for the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership in Saskatoon, Sask. in July, however the bilateral settlement between the Alberta and federal authorities on the main points of what packages will appear to be has but to be signed.

“It’s principally particulars. The cash’s there. It appears to be like a bit totally different in every province, what practices will work to attain the broad objectives. The division is optimistic and optimistic although. Things are are transferring forward effectively, so hopefully I’ll have extra particulars briefly order,” Horner says.

While Smith was chosen as celebration chief with a platform centered on boosting Alberta’s sovereignty and pushing again towards the federal authorities, Horner says he doesn’t see that altering his interactions with the federal authorities on agriculture-related points (Agriculture is exclusive in comparison with most different cupboard portfolios in that it falls beneath shared federal and provincial jurisdiction).

“I feel the Premier is obvious. When there are situations the place we really feel they’re intruding on our jurisdiction, we’re going to face sturdy and use no matter instruments at our disposal to clarify that, no, that is provincial jurisdiction. But I feel we’ll proceed that good work and very like signing the deal in Saskatoon, we additionally stood with Saskatchewan, and Ontario, and made clear we had been sad about the place we had been at on the fertilizer [emissions] dialog and the session, that we needed extra readability. So I feel we’ll simply proceed to be upfront and sincere, however arise for ourselves. I don’t see it as altering a lot, however we’ll proceed to do our job.”

It’s anticipated Horner and his cupboard colleagues will obtain their mandate letters from Premier Smith subsequent week.

Meanwhile, former MLA and Alberta Beef Producers’ vice-chair, Jason Hale, has been appointed as Alberta’s new Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation. Hale has submitted his resignation to ABP, after serving as its vice-chair since March 2021. He will work with Horner on overseeing day-to-day operations of the agriculture and irrigation ministry.

Listen to Nate Horner focus on his reappointment as Alberta’s ag minister, in addition to his ideas and feedback on irrigation improvement, the brand new ag coverage framework and dealing with the federal authorities, the federal fertilizer emissions coverage, whether or not the mud has settled on main adjustments to agricultural analysis in Alberta,  and extra: