Alberta announces more funding to help rural-based businesses flourish

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says the province is pitching in with more money to help rural-based industries.

COCHRANE — Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says the province is pitching in with more money to help rural-based industries.

Prentice says the Agriculture Opportunity Fund will double to $3.5 million.

And the Feeder Association Loan Guarantee will be doubled to $1 million.

Prentice says the loans will give cattle feeders more access to cash in response to higher market prices.

The changes come after a committee toured the province last spring.

The financial impact of Alberta’s rural sector is estimated to be more than $77 billion a year.

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