Smart Agriculture and Food

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In order to take advantages of opportunities and meeting the challenges of the future, Alberta’s agriculture and food industries need to accelerate adoption of new technologies, products and services.

The purpose of the Smart Agriculture and Food Innovation program is to support academic institution or agriculture and food industry driven projects that explore these new technologies, products and services. Our goal is to grow Alberta’s economy and enhance Alberta’s knowledge workforce through development and application of emerging technology.  

We invest in projects that focus on the following:

  • The development of science, processes and products required to support smart agriculture.
  • Advance and increase the adoption of digital and technology solutions (for example, genomics, sensors, geospatial imaging, geomatics, analytics, and more).
  • Sustainable crop and livestock management, and resilience to climate change.

To view final reports and project summaries associated with this program, view our Project Library.

Current funding opportunities

Smart Agriculture and Food Digitization and Automation Challenge

This program provides up to $500,000 in funding for projects that lead to the development and application of innovative technologies or knowledge generation in smart agriculture


Alberta Innovates led the establishment of the Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN) and is administering this network. CAAIN is a group of technology and agri-food companies, universities, colleges, and research institutions working together to create new automation and digital technological solutions for Canada’s agricultural and food producers.