Sunday, February 17, 2019

Value-Added Agriculture

Widespread interest in fresh, locally produced cuisine combined with the rising cost of imported food has led to recent growth of the value added agriculture sector. Sturgeon County is poised to capitalize on this opportunity given its advantageous location, strength in the agriculture industry, and aggressive rural development strategy.


Sturgeon County has a large tract of highly productive agricultural land that supplies locally-produced food to a growing regional market. This is augmented by value added activities such as processing, packaging, distribution and retail food sales.

Crop Operations 

While conventional field crops such as canola, barley, alfalfa, wheat, and oats dominate most agricultural lands, there is also active nursery stock and fruit crop operations in the area. Livestock farm operations are also common, mostly consisting of cattle, pigs, and sheep. Most of the land in the County is privately owned and some lands are leased to large farm operators – often to test crops, or utilized as farming incubators to establish businesses.

Sector Products

Raw Commodities:

Poultry inventory - 2,532,963

Hog inventory - 16,979 heads

Cattle and Calves inventory - 27,184 heads

Sheep and Lamp Inventory - 3,187 heads

Total grans: 157,111 acres*

*canola: 130,000 acres; wheat: 97,000 acres; barley: 44,000 acres; alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures: 40,459 acres

Value Added Agriculture Product and Service Segments include:

Premium pelletized animal feed

Crop protection products and nutrients

Allergen free specialty products

Edible oils and milled-grain food products

Bulk commodity warehousing

Major Companies

The agribusiness sector is diverse and supplies a large and varied number of industries and consumer groups with products and services.

Major companies include:

  • Viterra
  • Alfatec
  • Agrium
  • Bunge
  • Mountain Meadows Food Processing
  • Gowan Agro Canada
  • Sturgeon Valley Fertilizers
  • Univar
  • Canadian Oats
  • Cargill
  • Champion Petfoods
  • Calahoo Meats
  • High Q Greenhouse

Sector Opportunities

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is working with businesses to build a globally competitive plant-based specialty chemical ingredient industry in Alberta. This will drive business development and investment for growth of a globally competitive and sustainable renewable bioproducts industry.

Sturgeon County has a large volume of by-products for developing unique, high quality pumps using post-harvest agricultural residues from cereals, hemp and oilseeds. Fibre is a growing opportunity to satisfy growing demand for environmentally sustainable products including: bio-composite plastics, electrical energy (biogas, syngas), textiles and transportation fuels such as diesel and ethanol.

Programs and Support

There are several programs available to provide support for new business development in Sturgeon County. These include the Matching Investment Fund, AgriInvest, AgriMarketing - SME Component, and Micro-Voucher Program/Voucher Program/Product Demonstration Program.

Start in Sturgeon

Start in Sturgeon is the Economic Development initiative of Sturgeon County, Alberta. The county encompasses a large area of land with several towns and hamlets throughout. 

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