Agency promoting Alberta livestock industry is being dismantled by provincial government

Agency promoting Alberta livestock industry is being dismantled by provincial government

An arms-length government agency that has awarded $223 million since 2008 to help the province’s livestock industry is being dismantled by the provincial government.

The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) — which employs 27 to 35 people at any given time — will be absorbed into the Agriculture and Forestry Department, a move that is expected to save the province $3 million annually.

Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier said it was a difficult decision to make, but the government believes the work ALMA was doing can be streamlined with work being done within government.

“These are good people, they’ve done some great work over the years … but it’s mostly about a cost-saving measure,” Carlier said, adding at least some of ALMA’s employees will be able to find work within the department.

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