Northumberland’s diverse agri-food industry offers opportunities in all areas, from farming to value-added production.

Thriving Agri-Food Industry

954 Farms

More than one-third are valued at over $1 million

231,606 acres

Farmland in use


Agricultural Commodities

Producing a Diverse Range of Agricultural Commodities

In 2016, agricultural commodities generated $113.84 million in farm cash receipts.

Subsector Farm Cash Receipts ($ million)
Dairy 30.22
Corn 20.53
Soybeans 18.05
Fruit and Vegetables 10.44
Calves and Cattle 7.3
Program Payment 6.5
Eggs 3.61
Other Crops & Livestock 3.57
Floriculture & Nursery 3.25
Sheep & Lambs 2.04

Emerging Farming Opportunities

  • 293 acres of potatoes added in the last 5 years
  • 53 acres of grapes added in the last 5 years

Skilled Workforce and High-value Supply Chain

Northumberland’s agri-food value chain drives 11% of jobs in the county. From farm to fork, businesses can find every step of the supply chain in the region, for improved productivity. 

Subsector Number of Jobs
Agriculture & Food Production 2835
Processors & Manufacturers 730
Wholesale Merchants 250
Food & Beverage Retailers 1145
Food Service 2795

Leaders in Research and Innovation

Be a part of Ontario as it leads the world in food technology research and development. Get access to innovative new research, and collaborate with research groups from five universities and colleges nearby to discover new agricultural trends.

Thousands of Trained Graduates from Nearby Colleges & Universities
Find skilled workers from programs offering relevant, hands-on training, such as:

National and Multinational Companies Who Are Already Here

Financing for Agriculture and Food Processing

  • AgPal: Find up-to-date agriculture and agri-business programs, specific to Ontario
  • Ontario Food Cluster: Find a full list of industry-specific initiatives, at the provincial and federal level
  • Invest in Ontario: Find insurance programs, tax credits, and other incentives that support growth and innovation in agri-businesses

Ease of Process
Our economic development team is ready to help you navigate red tape, apply for funding and grow your company.

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