Loren Coutts has joined the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment as the Agriculture and Agri-foods Analyst. He brings an extensive background in agriculture and horticulture including more than 25 years of practical farm experience as a grain, vegetable and small fruit grower and marketer in Alberta. As a business and law instructor at Olds College in Alberta for 15 years, he has also helped to develop future leaders in agriculture and horticulture. He has served as a director and Vice-Chair of the Alberta Fresh Vegetable Marketing Board, developed and delivered organic farming training courses, and completed organic inspector coursework. Mr. Coutts will be working out of the Hay River office beginning later this month.