Why was it established?
The PGA was created in 1966 by potato farmers to become the voice of the Alberta Potato Industry. Our mission is to ensure the success of Alberta’s potato industry, by supporting and promoting the potato industry. The PGA is enabled by the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act, PGA Plan, Authorization & Marketing Regulations. These regulations outline the scope and nature of the organization.
Who does the PGA represent?
The PGA represents anyone who grows five or more acres of potatoes in Alberta as well as greenhouse nuclear growers who grow plantlets and sell mini tubers.
Growers who fit into this criteria must register with the PGA for licensing annually. Today the PGA represents the interests of its 135 Members.
How is it funded?
The PGA is almost entirely funded by service charges (or fees) on potatoes grown and sold in Alberta. These fees are charged by tons of potatoes sold for processed potatoes, and by harvested acres for both table fresh and certified seed potatoes. Service fees are remitted directly to the PGA by processors, and billed directly to the grower for table and seed. Greenhouse growers are charged based on earnings for the year.